Aftermarket woodworking machinery is a term which covers any woodworking machine which is made after 1981. It includes table saws, planers, routers, hand tools, drill presses, lathes and grinders. Most of these were manufactured in China and were sold under the cheap produced “aftermarket” title Vondor. Recently, more information has become available on these items, and it is generally agreed that they are much inferior to the new ones.
Used woodworking machinery needs to be taken very seriously. As there are literally thousands of used machines on the market, some of which are well over a century old, finding the right one can be a challenge. You really have to do your homework before you make a purchase. This article will discuss some tips on how to select used machines.
The first step in finding used woodworking machines is to talk to someone in your local machine market who is an expert. This person will be able to advise you as to the best brand names and years of manufacturing. This advice should be heeded. Chances are that a machine you are interested in was used in a machine market recently. There is always someone there to help you!
Once you know the right name brands to look for, you need to start investigating closely the manufacturers. It is possible that some names may actually be trademarked, even though their products are sold without any trademarked brand names. If this is the case, you want to avoid purchasing anything from that manufacturer or company. A good starting place to start is to check the US Patent and Trademark Office website.
There are a number of places you can go for used woodworking machines. A great place to start is the Internet. Just type “used machinery” into any search engine and you will be amazed at the number of sites you will find. Most of the websites you will visit for used woodworking machines will be retail stores with salespeople eager to sell what you are looking for. Be careful to ask questions before purchasing used machinery and make sure the store is trustworthy.
Another great place to find used woodworking machines is at auctions. Auctions are a great way for individuals and companies to get rid of excess stock. If you are not familiar with the rules of an auction, it is best to attend a live auction in order to get a better feel for how things work. However, if you are willing to put in time, energy and money, there are some real bargains to be had at live auctions for used woodworking machines and other heavy equipment.
If you are interested in large-scale machining, then a trade show is the place for you. Exhibitions of any kind draw a large crowd of both buyers and sellers. Auctions are the same, except that you are competing with other individuals and companies as opposed to larger businesses. This gives you an advantage because you are up against other people who want the same equipment you are looking at, which makes the whole experience more exciting. You will also have the chance to network with other professionals in the field of woodworking machinery, which will give you a good head start on your career.
Lastly, if you are in the market for used woodworking machines, consider taking a course. You can find many local schools that offer courses on various aspects of the woodworking trade. These programs will give you more knowledge about the machines you are interested in, but you will also gain much more hands-on practice with the machines as well. A course will not only help you find the right machine for your needs; it will also help you learn the proper way to use it. Many people that take a course find that they have more skills than they ever realized.