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Top Tips to Choose Between New and Used Woodwork Machinery

October 23, 2020 2 min read

If you are on the lookout for some additional woodwork machinery to add to your workshop, you have decision to make first on whether you’re going to opt for new equipment or invest in a used piece of machinery instead.

There are pros and cons to both options, so to help you make a decision, here is some insight from the team at Calderbrook.

Why choose new machinery?

New woodwork machinery is often created with the latest technology in mind, which means they are likely to be more reliable and suited perfectly for their purpose. New machinery will, of course, arrive in perfect condition and is supplied with user instructions and any other paperwork or accessories.

When it comes to machinery, there are a lot of different makes and models, so it’s important that you do your homework and decide on the best brand or model to suit your needs. Look for reputable manufacturers that are known for reliability, and consider the country of origin. If a price looks too good to be true, it probably is!

When buying new machinery, it means you won’t have to compromise on quality, although it can be more expensive. However, you will receive a machine that ticks every box for you to get the job done.

Why choose used machinery?

Used machinery is ideal if you’re operating on a budget. After all, you may have a business to run, or perhaps woodworking is a hobby on the side and you don’t want to spend a fortune. It’s important to remember that used machinery can still be very good quality, particularly if it comes from a trustworthy source.

If you’re planning to kit out a full workshop, it’s likely you will end up buying a mix of both new and used equipment, as it can keep things cost-effective. You should always check the machinery thoroughly before buying, just to make sure everything is as it should be.

Some used machinery will be missing the specifications and instruction manual, so you might want to make sure you can source another copy before buying. Without this paperwork, it might be difficult to set up, use or look after your machinery properly.

At Calderbrook, we have a great range of both used and new machinery from reputable manufacturers. If you have any questions about our machinery, don’t hesitate to get in touch!


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