Where To Buy Woodworking Machinery

So you're ready to buy a major piece of woodworking machinery. Perhaps you're buying a table saw for your fledgling shop. Perhaps you're adding to your existing collection of woodworking machines. Where do you go to buy your tools? This post will explore some of the options of where to buy woodworking machines.

New vs. Used

When you're buying your next piece of woodworking machine, you basically have two options: new or used. Which route you decide to go with will determine where you go to buy your tools, each have their pros and cons.

The advantage of buying new is that you know it is unlikely to have any broken parts. On the off chance that there is something wrong, it's covered by the warranty. In addition, newer tools are likely to have some nicer or more refined features.

On the other hand, buying a used machine can mean that you end up paying less than new. Alternately, you can end up with a nicer machine for the same money as a lesser new machine. However, if there is a problem with the tool, you'll be out of pocket for any parts needed to repair it. In addition, it may need more cleanup than a newer tool will initially require (new tools typically need to have the rust-preventative removed before use)

Mail Order vs. Local

Where to buy your woodworking machines generally falls into two categories: online/mail order or locally. Which you choose will depend on a few different factors.

Buying online can include sites like Amazon, manufacturer sites or eBay. Buying your machines online has the advantage that you can compare features side by side from the comfort of your home. Some manufacturers only sell online, whereas others have a showroom on the other side of the country, so checking out the tool in person isn't an option. If you're looking for a somewhat obscure tool, it may not be available locally, so buying online may be the only option. Often, the price is lower than what you can find locally. However, be sure to take delivery costs into account. Machines are typically shipped using a freight service, which is certainly more expensive. In addition, you'll want to make sure your new tool can be delivered to your house. If the shipping company doesn't have a truck with a lift gate, you'll need a lot of strong friends to help you get the machine off the truck. Otherwise, be prepared to meet your new machine at the shipping terminal to accept delivery.

On the other hand, buying locally allows you look over the tool and decide if it has the features you like. The cost may appear to be higher, however you may have more options to negotiate the price. Perhaps you can talk the price down or get the seller to include some accessories or delivery as part of the deal. In addition, since the supplier is local, you can avoid any delivery charges by picking up the machine yourself (assuming you have a vehicle to do that with). In addition, the salesman should be able to answer any questions you have about the tool and show you how to use some of the features before you buy.

Where do you buy your tools? Any advantages or disadvantages I've overlooked with either method?

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