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Buying a Used Wide Belt Sander: Evaluating Your Options

A belt sander is an essential woodworking machine for producing refined products from raw stock, but purchasing the machine may require a significant investment, especially when an industrial model is needed. To help defray the cost of an industrial grade belt sander, many people choose to buy a used wide belt sander. When they are in good condition, used woodworking shop tools are a great bargain. However, because the quality of the equipment is linked with the quality of the seller, the customer should carefully consider his or her options. Below is a review of the most common options for buying pre-owned woodworking machines.

Auctions

There are several reasons not to buy pre-owned equipment from auctions. For one, the buyer does not receive pre-sale or post-sale technical support, or any type of customer support. For another, it is difficult to know exactly how previous owners operated the equipment.  When equipment is purchased from a dealer, information about the equipment’s previous environment is usually available. A third reason not to purchase equipment is that it might not be available for testing before the sale.

Internet and Newspaper Postings

People who purchased these types of machines from an auction or a liquidation sale often sell used woodworking shop tools listed in newspapers, and websites like Craigslist. Although a quality, used wide belt sander may be found in an Internet posting or a newspaper listing, the expertise of the seller must be called into question. Does the person have sufficient experience inspecting used woodworking machinery? Does the person know the history of the equipment? Does he or she know the guidelines for pricing equipment based on its age and state of wear? The answer these questions is often no.

Equipment Magazines

A professional seller does not necessarily sell equipment that is sold in a machinery magazine. In many cases, the seller is someone who bought the equipment at an auction, or a company that is liquidating its old equipment. As with buying products from Internet listings and newspaper postings, buying products from equipment magazines requires the buyer to have experience in evaluating pre-owned machinery. If the machinery cannot be tested or inspected in person, assessing its condition beforehand might be impossible.

Equipment Companies

Buying pre-owned machinery from companies that specialize in inspecting, refurbishing, and testing used equipment is the ideal choice, particularly if the equipment is needed for a high-capacity production line. A company that specializes in selling used equipment has a physical location that features a reconditioning facility, and allows customers to test the equipment before they buy it.

RT Machine Sells Pre-Owned Sanders

Buying a used wide belt sander is a great way to save money on an essential piece of woodworking equipment, especially when it is purchased from RT Machine. RT Machine has a generous inventory of used woodworking shop tools. We also have a machine locator service that locates equipment not currently in our inventory, and ships it to the customer. For more information about our products and services, refer to our website, or contact us today.

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