Are you looking for an inexpensive sander? Probably one of the best inexpensive sanders is a good used one. Often a user will buy a sander for a particular job and, once completed, realize they have no other use for it. This can be especially true for hardwood floor sanders. Novice woodworkers, once hooked on the hobby, may decide to purchase more sophisticated or powerful sanders and sell their more basic machine.
Where to Buy Used?
One of the best places to find a good used power sander is in the classifieds--hard copy varieties as well as online sources. Local newspapers continue to be popular sources for finding good used power tools like sanders. On Thursdays and Fridays many papers list garage sales and you may be surprised what you can find for a bargain at a yard sale.
Depending upon where you live, there are a number or different types of auctions where you may find a good, inexpensive sander. Do not overlook the opportunity to check with online auctions as well. Many times the sellers are professional tool retailers who can reduce their margins through the relatively less expensive nature of e-commerce and offer bargains to people willing to bid on items sight unseen. Also, estate auctions are great places where everything needs to be liquidated. In many areas, there are specific tool auctions where bargains can be found on used professional grade tools like power sanders.
Yard Sale Sailing
If you have never spent a day just “sailing” about looking through adjoining neighborhoods for yard sales, you are missing out on a great activity that can be both entertaining and rewarding. Many times you can come across great deals on tools at yard sales when, for 1 reason or another, a tool is no longer needed. Haggling for the price at yard sales has always been a cherished part of the weekend activity. Do not be afraid to ask for a lower price. Many sellers have in mind what their rock bottom price is, and it usually is not the price marked on the item. Furthermore, if you do a little homework about popular hobbyist consumer sander models, you will know what the price is for a new sander and these prices can guide your purchase of a used sander, as well. Just make sure all the tool is there. If you are somewhat mechanically inclined, you might take a chance on a non-operating sander you can pick up for very little money and easily fix it.
Flea markets are great places for the mechanically inclined person to scour for non-operating tools, refurbish them and re-sell them Again, be guided by a little prior pricing knowledge to make an informed purchase.
Many operating manuals can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website and are beneficial when a manual is not available with a used tool that you purchase.