If you have plans to buy some woodworking machinery you’re probably weighing up the pros and cons of splashing the cash on brand new equipment or saving some money on a tried-and-tested used machine.
There are benefits associated with both options, so here are some of the positives that might help you feel more informed when making your decision.
Choosing new woodworking machinery
One of the greatest benefits of brand new woodwork machines is that they make use of the very latest technology. They are also likely to be very reliable and perfectly suited for your needs. When you buy new woodwork machinery, it will come to you in perfect condition with all the important user instructions, paperwork and accessories. You should do your homework on regulatory legislation to ensure any equipment you purchase is fully compliant.
The market is awash with different makes and models, so it’s important to shop around and compare to get the perfect equipment. It is generally a good move to opt for a reputable manufacturer that is known for reliability, and the country of origin can be a telling factor. If a price looks too good to be true, it probably is, and if there is no local support available you might run into difficulties.
Finally, buying new means you won’t have to compromise. You can get the machine that ticks every box, and the manufacturer specifications will be able to help you achieve this.
Opting for used machinery
When you’re operating on a budget, used woodworking machinery may be your only choice. The good news is that used machines can very often be a great buy, particularly if they come from a trustworthy source. Many companies actually prefer second-hand, as specific models have a reputation for being good.
If you’re kitting out a workshop, you will probably be mixing new and second-hand woodwork machinery, and there are some great bargains to be found in the used market. It’s important to give used machinery a thorough physical inspection to ensure you know exactly what you are getting.
You should also make sure you can source a used machine’s specifications and instruction manual before buying. This isn’t always difficult, as the internet is a great resource for such things. Bear in mind that some older machines weren’t built with the standards of safety and durability that newer models have, so take your time browsing the options to ensure you make the right decision.
Whether you buy new or used woodwork machinery, the most important part of the process is your research. Whatever your budget, you need to ensure your money goes towards a machine that will meet all your needs, with reliability and access to instructions and support when required. And you want something built to last, that complies with all the essential legislation and won’t let you down when you need it most.