Buying Used Woodworking Machinery

Woodworking used machinery auctions can be the best places to get the best deals. I have been very lucky enough to find a lot of the things I needed at woodworking used machinery auctions. I got a lathe, table saw, drill press, circular saw and planer. Most were brand new and I paid less than half what I would have paid retail. You can’t ask for better than that.

The internet has changed a lot of things. A few years ago I could only find used machinery dealers in my local area. Today, I can go online and find a dealer from anywhere in the world. If you take the time to research your used machinery purchase before you get out there, you will find the best deals and, who knows, you may even find a vintage or limited edition machine that is still under warranty. That is, if the auction is reputable.

Do your research and you will find the best possible deal. Don’t just read the adverts, look at the website and checkout the seller’s credentials. You need to be comfortable with your supplier.

The first step is to decide what type of woodworking used machinery you are looking for. Are you after a lathe, table saw, drill press or planer? There are lots of choices. Once you have decided, check each site with its own terms and conditions. Make sure that the vendor is licensed and you can buy in confidence.

I tend to stick to my guns and buy the machine brand that I prefer. I also like to get one that I can dismantle in a short space of time. Why have something that you are going to have to keep storing for the next 10 years? It costs money to keep them maintained. If I get an old machine, I can sell it on and get a good price for it.

When you see the machines on display don’t make a hasty decision. Take your time over the models and get an idea of what each one offers in terms of quality and price. Do some research online by typing in the model number into Google. Look at the many vendors offering the tool on eBay.

Woodworking used machinery can be found at auctions as well as specialist internet sites. Use the world wide web to your advantage. Go to eBay and search their auctions for woodworking used machinery. Many of these machines are second hand so be prepared to have a look at some ugly but viable second-hand finds.

Check the vendors credentials and take your time over your purchase. If you do your homework you can save yourself a lot of heartache. Woodworking with woodworking used machinery can be an enjoyable experience but only if you do your research beforehand.

Look at the specifications and read the reviews for the product. If it’s been used in the past this is obvious information. If it’s brand new be wary. There’s no point in paying top dollar for a new machine that will break down within months.

Always ask questions. Find out how long the woodworking used machinery has been around. How many owners use the machine. If it’s been used and still operable count the number of hours it took to maintain it. You don’t want to be spending your money on something that will fall apart after the first few months.

Never buy on impulse. Make sure you are buying from a reputable dealer. You may also wish to check the fine print on any woodworking used machinery offered for sale. Make sure you know all the terms and conditions associated with the sale, including delivery and returns.

If you are a hobbyist a good woodworking machine may last you a lifetime. If you are just beginning, start small and add your woodworking machinery as you progress. If you buy used machines remember to ask questions. Do a little research on the Internet or at your local used machine store. This will help ensure you get the best deal and enjoy your woodworking.