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Buying Reconditioned Tools

by The Handyguys

in Audio Only Podcasts, Tools

Should the Handyguy consider “reconditioned” tools when making a purchase on the Handyguys Podcast store? The Handyguys talk about their experience with reconditioned tools and invite a listener the chime in on his recent purchase of a sweet Bosch compound miter saw through the Handyguys Amazon store.

Bosch 3912There are many advantages to reconditioned, but before the Handyguys can detail their experience with the reconditioned market, they talk to Ryan from Grand Rapids about his Bosch tool purchase.

What exactly are reconditioned tools? There are probably some variations between manufacturers, but Porter-Cable explains their reconditioned tools:

Factory reconditioned occurs when a unit has come back to us. It could be for a myriad of reasons, i.e. could have been a demo tool at a show, a product that was returned within the first 90 days (per our, no questions asked, return policy), or it could have been damaged in shipment, or experienced a failure in some way shape or form. Regardless, the tools that do get returned to the National Disposition Center are refurbished, repaired, and retested. These tools are then backed by the same great warranty as if it were a new tool (however the user most likely purchased it at a 25%+ discount over the normal “new” retail price). If you look at the tool they are in new housings, and are in “new” working order, but instead of a yellow, or white and red box, they come in a cardboard “craft” box.

Porter Cable Tools that can be bought reconditionedThe Handyguys have purchased many reconditioned tools from Porter-Cable. They detail their experience and the pros and cons in this episode of the Handyguys podcast.

Oh…you may wonder if there are any downsides to purchasing reconditioned. Indeed, there is the problem of not knowing when a particular tool will become available as a reconditioned item in our store. They don’t make them that way. So check out the complete podcast and try out a reconditioned tool on your next purchase.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

julie March 31, 2010 at 12:42 am

I never knew about reconditioned tools before. I think it’s important to consider every option when remodeling your home.


ClumsyCarpenter April 6, 2010 at 8:43 am

I don’t know why I hadn’t considered this before. Being young to the DIY scene myself, I am slowly acquiring tools as I need them on projects. I also have to make sure I have room to store them after purchase. This may be an easier way to get some of the larger tools I want without hitting the wallet so hard.


The Handyguys April 6, 2010 at 8:51 am

I think you hit the nail on the head. Acquire tools as you need them. Every good project deserves a new tool!


wvcycling April 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Reconditioned battery powered tools for me are a “no way.” Shop tools or anything that plugs into a wall (especially big items) are more prone to me purchasing them due to my weary attitude to the lifespan of portable/battery powered tools.

Call me crazy, but that’s my reconditioned tools rules~


The Handyguys April 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Yeah, battery technology could be a bit iffy. The LithiumIon battery technology has worked well for me although I haven’t gotten any battery tools recon.
Thanks for commenting.


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