Buying reconditioned power tools can save craftsmen hundreds of dollars while also delivering the same high-performance and professional results skilled workers expect from their power tools. Reconditioned tools offer an excellent value, a manufacturer’s warranty, and all the dynamism and reliability of a factory new tool.
So, What Exactly is a Reconditioned Tool?
For minor cosmetic or technical defects some tools will inevitably be returned to the manufacturer. These tools are then rigorously inspected, tested, and restored to meet all factory specifications. After the tools have been approved for re-sale, they emerge onto the scene as reconditioned tools, as little diamonds in the rough, if you will. Because these tools have been returned to the factory, they can no longer be marketed as “new.” This is, however, largely to the consumer’s benefit. Here’s why: when the tools are returned to the factory, they undergo stringent performance tests and checks to ensure the tool runs better than optimally. Factory standards are high, and every reconditioned tool must pass a series of strenuous tests before approval. Essentially consumers are getting the same tool (perhaps even a better tool for all this checking) with the same manufacturer warranty, for a fraction of the price. In fact, reconditioned tools generally cost around 30-50% less than their retailing counterparts.
Are Reconditioned Tools Really a Better Value?
Yes! Reconditioned power tools are an extremely good value. They are essentially a like-new tool with the same one year manufacturer’s warranty, and a much smaller price tag. Some recons do come out of the factory with a small cosmetic blemish or two, but this is a very small price to pay for new tool, with a perfectly running motor, at a fraction of the cost. Aside from price, the “R” at the end of the tool’s model number, and the slight difference in packaging (box color, mostly), there is little to no difference between reconditioned and new power tools.
Which Brands Offer Reconditioned Tools?
Many brands refurbish and sell reconditioned tools. Among other brands, the major manufacturers DeWalt, Porter-Cable, Delta, Bosch, Skil, Makita, and Fein all market quality reconditioned power tools.
Reconditioned tools are cost effective, quality inspected, and come with the same warranty as a brand new tool. Coming straight from the factory, recons undergo meticulous testing to ensure they are in optimal condition to bring craftsmen the greatest, most professional power tool experience. For the quality and value, it just makes sense to buy reconditioned power tools.