Woodworking is not a cheap hobby at all and having a fully equipped workshop is a big investment. Tools, in particular, are not cheap and some of the bigger tools like jointers, planers and saws can run into the thousands of dollars. But getting a deal on woodworking tools is easier than you think. You can buy some of the larger machines used which will save you thousands. Whether woodworking is a hobby or a business the more complicated the project is the more tools you are going to want to get your hands on. Let’s have a look at how you can pick up some great bargains on used tools.
Your best source to find used woodworking equipment is to hit Craigslist but bear in mind that you may have to travel a bit to get a bargain but if you’re saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars over new then it is well worth it. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when you’re buying things off of Craigslist. First, always bring a friend with you, there is safety in numbers and if you do buy the equipment you’re going to need help moving it. Get lots of pictures of the piece before you even leave home and as much info as possible. If the seller won’t tell you then don’t bother.
Take it for a Test Drive
Like anything you buy used, you are going to want to check it out first and make sure it is in good working order. Most machines aren’t really that complicated, the parts are generally made from sheet metal or cast iron so check for cracks or rust. Unplug the machine and have a look at the motor even if you know little or nothing about motors just check and make sure it doesn’t have a burnt smell. Do all of the moving parts work the way they are supposed to. Turn the machine on and give the equipment a try and make sure that it works. Lastly, you want to find out why they are selling and if the rest of the tools are in good working order. You want a piece of equipment that has been cared for.
When it comes to woodworking tools always keep one ear to the ground looking for a bargain. You can also check on some of the online forums where other woodworkers like you may have tools for sales.