Should You Buy A Reconditioned Tool?

Everyone from large contracting companies to do it your selfers are looking for ways to save money on their next project. Have you ever considered buying a reconditioned tool over a new one? Here are a few reasons why you should think about it.

What are reconditioned tools?
Reconditioned tools are power tools that have been returned to the manufacture for one reason or another. Most power tool manufactures have a 30 day no questions asked return policy. If you the tool doesn’t fit the bill for you or it fails or even if you change your mind in the first 30 days, they will take it back. Sometimes tools will have a defect and the manufacture will recall them and replace the bad part and sell them as a reconditioned tool. Many times, reconditioned tools may have never even have been used(example: best benchtop jointer reviews).

What if they break?
Most reconditioned tools come with a one year warranty. This may be something to consider as many new tools now come with a 3 year warranty. Still good quality reconditioned tools should give you just as much service as a new tool would. Even if the tool had gone back to the manufacturer for a major problem, it is going to get fully tested, maybe even more than a new tool before it goes back to market.

Where can you buy reconditioned tools?
Many commercial power tool suppliers will offer reconditioned tools from time to time. Some years ago we sold close to 100 cordless tools that had a bad shifter in them and were recalled then rebuilt. These tools had never even been used and we were able to offer them with a huge discount to our customers. You can also find them online from many tool warehouses and even on eBay. Many online warehouses offer free shipping on these tools. There inventory may change from time to time so it is worth checking back.

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Who typically would buy a reconditioned tool?
As mentioned at the outset, anyone who is looking to save some money on their next project may benefit from a reconditioned tool. I think one of the bigger winners in this market is the do it yourselfer. The better pricing on reconditioned tools allows you to justify buying a better quality tool then you may really need to get the job done. There is nothing like having professional grade tools to use around the house.

A word of caution.
If you are looking at buying a reconditioned tool, you should know what the cost of the tool would be new. Compare shipping prices and consider the warranty. Also if you see a new tool advertised at a unusually low price, make sure you ask the seller specifically if this is a reconditioned tool or not.

If you are looking to save some money on your next power tool and especially if you are a do it your self, take a look at reconditioned tools. They can help you stretch you power tool dollar just a little farther.