Finding secondhand woodworking machines that are in good condition is a relief if you've got a tight budget. Yet just glancing at the machines on offer isn't enough, as you likely know; you need to check them out completely. One of the issues that come with buying secondhand is that there might be things missing that you expected would be included, or parts might not be in the best condition. This will change if you're buying from a store that sells refurbished machines or from a reputable private party whose machinery you're familiar with. But it's always a good idea to ask and never to assume.

What Exactly Is Included?

Always ensure you know exactly what is included? Buying a table saw? Will it include everything, including blades? Maybe it has the motor but not the saw blade itself. People will have a specific image in mind when they hear the name of a piece of equipment. However, those images don't all match up. If you want to buy secondhand woodworking machinery, you and the seller need to have the same things in mind when talking about the equipment for sale. You don't want to find that you have to quickly shop to replace items that you assumed would be included and that were not.

How Sharp Are the Blades?

If you buy equipment that does include blades, how sharp are they? Do they show any signs of rust or wear past the point of usability? If they do, how easy are they to replace? And, what safety covers or containers come with them. If there are loose blades, you need those to be secured in a container or pocket where they will not be able to cut you. You also want to ensure the blades match any description in the advertorial text that you see, even if it's just a small sign on a shelf at the shop; if the machine is supposed to have recently sharpened blades, for example, you need to be sure those blades are sharp.

Does It Draw More Power Than You Can Provide?

If you have an older home or older workshop, you may have realised that you need to be careful about how much power you draw at once, lest you cause an old circuit breaker to trip or fuse to blow out. You could find machinery that looks great but that draws too much power. You do have the option to get a generator to run that machine, however, so don't exclude the item just yet unless you're sure you won't run it on a generator. This would be a good time to consider upgrading your home or workshop's wiring so that you can continue with woodworking without worry.