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Forum topic by ToolCrib posted 05-12-2007 12:16 AM 20575 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-12-2007 12:16 AM

What is your opinion on reconditioned power tools?

Are there any power tools that you would NEVER buy reconditioned?

If so, why?

Warning: I’ll be covering this thread in our blog AND putting mention of it in the ToolCrib email newsletter. Also I’m asking at more than one forum to get a wider consensus.

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#1 posted 05-12-2007 04:24 AM

My only experience! About 100 years ago I bought a DeWalt orbital hand sander at a woodworking show in New Orleans that had been reconditioned. It was garenteed as new and I saved some bucks.

About a year and a half ago, a round thingy started coming out the side of it and I can’t put it back, but it still works fine.

Very pleased.


-- Make Dust

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#2 posted 05-12-2007 04:56 AM

Most of my power tools are reconditioned.

Porter Cable – 2 Routers, 1/3 Sheet sander, Bosch Jig Saw, 3 Routers, Orbital Sander, Milwaukee worm drive circular saw and cordless drill. These are outstanding tools, all purchased reconditioned.

Hitachi Hammer drill and much more.

Dewalt, Royobi both cordless drills failed within 30 days of purchase. I won’t buy these brand names anymore. Got refund from where items were purchased. Both manufactures were contacted, poor experience with customer service.

If a tool comes with a full warranty, I’d consider it!

-- Nicky

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#3 posted 05-12-2007 05:47 AM

Personally I purchase reconditioned tools. Quite a bit. Sometimes I am the one reconditioning them. I love fixing up old tools myself to then use on some woodworking project. I have a 1950 6-1/4 Sears/Craftsman planer in my workshop. I had to take the rust off and take it apart and fix on the way back together. Just finished with a 25 year old Jet 1236 lathe and added it to the garage/shop. I have three Bostitch air nailers-all reconditioned. I have recondtioned and purchased several reconditioned hand tools.

Lacking paint or a tool with a scratch, does not bother me. It will have one when I get done with it the first time I use it anyway.

Like Nicky If it comes with a warranty, I’ll consider it. Most do have a warranty with them.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 05-12-2007 04:07 PM

I recently bought a Dewalt planer that has never been used, but it was sold as reconditioned and near $200 off retail simply because of a few minor dents and scrapes in the top. Full factory warranty.

-- Erik

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#5 posted 05-12-2007 04:42 PM

I’ve never had an issue with buying recondiditioned products. That applies to tools and other things. I agree with Panama in that if it has a warranty, give it a shot. I particuarly like it if the manufacturer states what the original issue was. Sometimes its cosmetic, sometimes its mechanical. Big difference. To answer the question though, I would be VERY nervous purchasing a more expensive stationary tool that has been reconditioned. Those purchases are few and far between as a hobbyist. Warranty or not, I’d rather not deal with the shipping issues for the big guys in the shop!

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#6 posted 05-13-2007 11:48 PM

I’ve never run into a single problem with reconditioned power tools … but, I know a buddy who has had several problems. The difference between the two of us … I’m always looking for value and he always looking for his next “great deal”. While there are power tools I wouldn’t buy reconditioned … my list isn’t limited to a specific tool as much as it is certain makes or models … and to be honest, most of the tools on that list I wouldn’t buy new. As my grandpa used to say “the wrong tool at the right price is still the wrong tool!”

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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#7 posted 05-14-2007 08:23 PM

I am also looking at reconditioned tools. I want to upgrade to a Milwaukee router and a reconditioned router saves me a lot of money. The reviews and comments are favorable, so I am going to make the purchase.

I’m still going to the “next level”, so I need these purchases to work out. I’m trying to build a solid power tool base of reliable tools.

-- WaywardHoosier - Behind schedule and over budget, but who's counting? Well of course she is!

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#8 posted 05-16-2007 02:10 AM

I’ve had a little experience with buying reconditioned tools. My portable thickness planer was a great deal from Rigid, even with being reconditioned I still got the lifetime warrenty on it. Also I’ve had a few other smaller power tools like sanders and the like that fall in the reconditioned category. Some have been lemons and others have been gems. I say buyer beware…know what you’re getting into and when possible do as much homework on the tool before you make your decision.

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#9 posted 05-18-2007 08:12 PM

I bought a Black & Decker Pro reconditioned circular saw in 1988 to do odd jobs around my new house. I guess 18 years of regular heavy duty use is not bad, I lost count of the blades I have used in this saw.

It gave up the ghost last week, so I replaced with a Festool 75EBQ = Nice tool – and totally self indulgent.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#10 posted 05-19-2007 06:55 PM

I have avoided reconditioned tools myself, but that is just a personal preference. If a tool was returned to the Manufacturer, it most likely had a problem. Sometimes, these problems may get fixed, but keep occurring when the product is used again. While I believe they can be fixed and provide good service, many do not seem to.

So, I spend the extra money and buy new. Plus, you get the new warranty and usually a return policy with the retailer. Just a little extra piece of mind.

I would also differentiate between used and reconditioned. I can see buying some used equipment at times. While it could have problems that the owner overlooks or works around, you would have an idea what it would be. Of course, that means buying in person, not over the internet.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#11 posted 04-30-2010 04:16 PM

My experience with reconditioned tools has been very positive. I have purchased a number of them but ALL of them included a warranty (usually one year). The savings have been significant and the only downside is that there is occasionally (although not always) some type of blemish present if you look closely. There are times when the warranty has been less than that on the newer tools but I normally consider one year to be a fair opportunity for a tool to succeed or fail. Reconditioned vs new: I guess it is emotionally a little like marrying the twin that is not quite a pretty but she can still do all the necessary things.

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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#12 posted 04-30-2010 05:20 PM

I have never purchased a Recon tool but I own and have purchased plenty of used tools. I bet Recon tools are in better shape then some of the used tools I have purchased.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#13 posted 04-30-2010 05:24 PM

The ones I’ve bought seem fine to me. Availability is intermittent, though, because the resellers get them in lots (according to the guy at Tool King).

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 04-30-2010 05:37 PM

For me, a reconditioned tool is as good as new. The challenge is finding them.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#15 posted 04-30-2010 05:48 PM

I bought a PC 890 a couple of years ago, that was “reconditioned” It looked brand new, and like it had never been pluged in, saved about a hundred bucks on it.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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