It is possible to save a good amount of money by purchasing quality, used woodworking tools instead of only buying new tools and this is true whether you are a new or experienced woodworker.
However, it is very important to choose the right type of woodworking tool by buying from the right source.
Where Should You Buy Good Used Tools?
Always ensure you are buying from a reputable source that you know and trust. It may also be worth buying from a reputable store in your area who has a reputation for supplying only quality tools and equipment and will give some form of back up service for you after the sale.
You can also buy from auctions or even online. However, be sure to ascertain the quality of the goods before you commit and check whether they offer any sort of return policy if required.
While it is always good to save some money by purchasing used woodworking tools or equipment, you may find buying second-hand or used can be false economy instead of a good investment, if it is either unsuitable for the intended task or is of such poor quality that it will not perform the job for which you intend it.
There is a difference between the tools and equipment that a professional woodworking craftsman will require for their woodwork and the tools required if your woodworking is more of a hobby. The professional craftsman cannot be buying cheap worthless tools that can’t be used professionally and should only be buying used woodworking equipment from shops or suppliers who are in the business of selling used items as a profession and have a back up policy and good customer service.
For the more casual woodworker, it is no different other than that you may be able to find good quality old hand tools that are suitable for less robust woodworking from the markets or auction houses.
For power tools you will need to be careful about buying second-hand and you should only consider buying these from reputable sources.
Just How Old Can Second Hand Tools Be?
The age of hand tools is less important than power equipment and machinery. Old hand tools, such as mallets, chisels, squares etc are classic and can still be used effectively for many years if they have been well cared for and are well maintained.
Power tools and machinery have moving parts that wear easily and often and get outdated more easily. Also the cost to maintain can be more than they are worth. Some machine tools can be reconditioned cost effectively to ensure they last for many more years if used correctly and are maintained properly.