In general, would you consider buying used power tools if the usage is for
one project and after that would be rare and occasional use?
By means of used tools I mean something that is previously used and "look"
beat up like those people sell on ebay. I don't mean original manufacturer
What are some pros and cons? To me if it's cordless I am worried about the
And if you would consider it, what would a reasonable price point be? I
have seen a new tool with free shipping on Amazon for $150.00 and someone is
offering an equivalent tool that is all beat up with no battery no case no
manual and it went to $79 with $30 shipping seems totally out of line to me.
Mostly on what the tool is and how much usage...a power pipe threader
for a basement bath addition; no...a [something else of your choice]; maybe.
As for _what_, used on eBay for hand power tools is a crap shoot--some
are estate sales or the like, others are just don't want/need, others
are unloading junk. Hard to tell the difference other than to avoid the
large resellers that obviously don't know much about any individual
As for price, whatever you're comfortable with. The example is
questionable because by the description it could be two drills but the
new one is an offshore while the other is the body of a Milwaukee and
the purchaser already has another of the same kind w/ matching batteries
and charger, etc., ...
In the end, it's a personal decision...
These brand new tools are good for 2 or 3 projects, and often when on
sale, cheaper than used:
You can print out an internet sale item and take that to your local
store and they will honor the internet price.
Of course experience is going to vary.
I just bought an ancient (~1986) riding lawnmower (Snapper) from a
Craigslist seller for $150.00. My son and I had an enjoyable time cleaning
it up and repainting it. We spent an additional $20 for a new battery.
Son-of-a-bitch is a TANK! It goes "Chugga-chugga," works like a charm, and
doesn't burn much wood at all.
Quote: MiamiCuse wrote on Sat, 21 June 2008 10:46
Thats an interesting idea. However I usually used the project as justification
to get a new toy (I mean tool) :)
Huah Huah Huah (Tim Taylor Tool Time Grunts)
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Connecting Homeowners and Local Service Professionals
If your looking for a one time use tool don't rule out
pawn shops. there you can even test the tool before paying
for it. I buy more tools in a year than most people use in a life
time and I'll be happy to tell you to stay away from Harbor freight
corded tools. I have bought a few and every one of them I've had
to rewire the switches. Ebay is your biggest crap shoot, I've bought
a few reconditioned and have been more satisfied than H/F but you
will want to stay with name brand. If your in the Midwest however,
there is menards. Not the greatest store, but they have an inexpensive
brand they sell called Tool shop. Now I know a lot of people will
to disagree with me but I have yet to buy one of these corded tools
that didn't surprise the heck out of me as to how well they work. I
don't know who really makes them but if you look at the drill presses
next to the jet tools they are amazingly similar. Last but not least,
stay away from any used cordless tools.
In general, yes; *provided* I could verify that the tool is
Yes, IMO it's totally out of line. I wouldn't consider it.
My price point on such items is 50% or less of the list/delivered
price, depending on circumstances. In this case, the "shipping"
implies that there is no way for you to verify the functionality of
the tool, e.g. you can't plug it in to see how well it works. I
personally wouldn't consider it.
I have often bought used tools esp. at yard sales etc. especially hand
tools (that's the only place I can afford to buy Snap-On!) or handheld
power tools if they are a quality brand like Milwaukee, Makita, etc.
I have no fear of doing this, of course I only buy cheap, e.g. I got a
nice Makita drill for $5 and it just needed a new power cord. If it
had ended up not worth fixing I would have taken the chuck off of it,
thrown the rest away, and not really worried about it.
For one time project, I'll buy new tools at Harbor Freight - cheap enough.
Given enough time those one time projects usually turn out into multiple
I will buy used tools, stationary power tools in particular, as some of the
old stuff are better quality and will last forever.
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