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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 01-14-2013 02:52 PM 1756 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2013 02:52 PM

I’m considering a “factory refurbished” Bosch laminate trimmer from CPO. I normally wouldn’t bother with anything other than a new tool ( in this size/ price range), but in this case the savings is fairly considerable.
Bottom line is I’ve never bought a refurb before. Any reason I should/ shouldn’t buy one?

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 03:26 PM

I can’t speak for Bosch but I bought a Dewalt CMS from Tool King years ago. No issues. I would say it would depend on who did the reburb. If done by a factory rebuild shop, I wonder if they might actually be better than factory issue since I’m sure they get a little more QC before they are released.

Now if it was fixed by a guy at HD and then put on the markdown table, then buyer beware.

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 03:31 PM

I don’t have a problem with buying a reconditioned tool, especially Bosch. A new tool from them has a 1 year warranty. A factory reconditioned has the same 1 year warranty.

New tools get looked at quickly for QA, but the reconditioned tools get checked over pretty well to make sure they are functioning properly before they get sent back out. So, all in all I do not see why not to go with a reconditioned tool if the warranty is the same.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 03:33 PM

Most of the time a refurbished tool is so because someone bought it to do a one time job then returned it during warranty period (I know someone who does that – ass!), or just changed their minds about the purchase and returned it to the store opened. I’d totally go for it, you get the same warranty as new.

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 03:35 PM

I have refurbished tools including Bosch sander. No problem so far. I think ToddJB is making a good point about QA.

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#5 posted 01-14-2013 03:38 PM

I’ve bought a number of tools from CPO (although none were refurbished) and highly recommend them. Great prices and great customer service.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 04:07 PM

I’ve bought several refurbs…and prefer them if the discount is right. So far, it’s always worked out well.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#7 posted 01-14-2013 04:09 PM

I have bought both new and refurbished tools. I have had more minor problems with the refurbished tools than the new. If the refurbished warranty is sufficient the go for it.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#8 posted 01-14-2013 04:22 PM

I’ve had good experiences w CPO tools and so has a friend of mine. I’ve bought several branded tools that way and they have appeared to be brand-new and worked perfectly.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#9 posted 01-14-2013 04:40 PM

i have bought a lot of refub tools from CPO and all have looked brand and and functioned fine

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#10 posted 01-14-2013 05:20 PM

Looks like ill save $30 and go with the refurb.
Thx for the responses.

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#11 posted 01-14-2013 05:22 PM

I’ve had great luck and saved a lot of money with refurb tools. Most came from CPO, as mentioned above.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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