I've been hesitant to buy reconditioned tools, the ones that have been
reconditioned by the factory. However, I'm considering a Delta
reconditioned scroll saw, the 40-570R from Amazon.
Anyone have good experiences with reconditioned tools?
The saw comes with a 6 mos warranty, but I can't find out how long the
warranty is for 'new' tools.
Just wondering how hard you tried to find the length of the "new" tools
warranty. Says right on the Amazon website for the 570 (not R) that the
warranty is 2 years. Also, if you go to the Delta website, there is contact
information for the company, as well as stating that the warranty on the
replacement for the 570 is 2 years. www.deltawoodworking.com.
I can't comment on buying reconditioned over new, however.
On Thu, 24 Jul 2003 13:11:03 -0400, Thomas Mitchell wrote:
My DeWalt SCMS is a refurb. Saved me $100 and even came with a better
blade than what I see at the big box stores. It's been a good tool for me
so far. I've had it about a year and built my son's fort/swing set
I almost bought a refurb DeWalt planer, but it doesn't come with the dust
hood and extra knives like the new one. After adding that stuff to the
refurb, it's the same price as a new one. So sometimes buying new is
My experience with refurbished is my local hardware guy gave me (that's
free) a Porter Cable ROS that a customer had complained about and which he
sent off several times. The last time the customer brought it back saying
it wouldn't work Rusty just gave him his money back and passed the sander on
to me (with a package of disks). In the 8 or 9 years I've had it I haven't
had a single problem. The only thing I can figure the guy was talking about
was that the disc does not spin until you touch the work. If that was the
problem, I don't know why it was since I've chewed up a lot of sand paper
through that "non-working" machine.
At any rate, you get (in your case) a 6 month warrantee for reduced price.
I didn't get a warrantee but what do you expect for free?
I bought a Craftsman circular saw almost 30 years ago. It is still
working. More recently, I bought a M-K tile saw and it is still going
strong. My brother borrows it everytime he can find some side work.
It came with two used diamond blades which have more cutting surface
than a new one.
Unless there is a design problem with the tool that is left
uncorrected, consider the tool to have survived a 'burn in' test.
Most things electric/electronic either die quick or last fairly long.
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I bought a refurbised Makita Drill from Amazon. The charger didn't
work when I received it. Amazon took care of it immediatly. I've had
the drill for about a year now. It gets general use and I've had no
I bought a reconditioned Delta Stock Feeder from some business off of ebay.
When I got it, the reversing switch didn't work, and the motor didn't sound
right. I contacted Delta, and they told me the "company" I bought it from
wasn't an authorized dealer for reconditoned tools. So I contacted the seller
and passed along that info, and I returned it. My point is make sure the
seller is authorized! I ended up buying a new unit with a rebate deal, and it
had damage, but it was fixed very fast!
I've bought many reconditioned tools with no problems what so ever.
Many times tools are returned with the boxes opened and the tools unused to
the borgs. The borg in return shoots them back to the manufacturers who
check them out, R&R where necessary and sell them off at a discount. so far,
I've purchased the same scroll saw from Amazon, a Dewalt 621 router, a
Dewalt trim router, a Bosch jig saw, and a Bosch 1617 router. they are all
I got a reconditioned 12V Makita cordless drill from Harbor Freight.
AFAICT, it is just like new.
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Me too. I've bought several over the years, and agree with the other
positive comments. My reconditioned drill finally died, but I used it hard
for something like 10 years.
I haven't bought any big stuff, but I wouldn't hesitate to do so.
Especially not if I could get a look-see first hand. Reman stuff is not
all alike. Sometimes you get something that's been used hard and shows it
(in spite of being in good working order) and sometimes you get something
that the previous owner unloaded for some silly reason, which can't be
resold as new, even though it might as well be.
Would you rather have a rebuilt '71 Impala that was used for 30 years, or a
rebuilt '71 Impala that sat in some little old lady's garage for 30 years?
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On Thu, 24 Jul 2003 13:11:03 -0400, Thomas Mitchell
All of the reconditioned Delta tools I've bought came with a six month
warranty, as opposed to a 1 or 2 year included with a "new" tool.
This isn't an issue for me, and I continue to seek out reconditioned
stuff over new, as the overall value is usually better.
One caveat, the cheaper the tool, the less sense it makes to go for
recon. I've seen $99 tools going for $80-85 reconditioned, and $500
tools going for $250. In this case, I'd buy the new version of the
I bought a DW cordless drill - clutch, variable speed at Harbor Freight.
(This was after the big D and not much money but needed one since the
majority of my shop stuff was gone. . .) Got the 12V for $39. Two
batteries, charger and of course that great travelling case! LOL! That was
two years ago - still running strong and not a problem.
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