There are many reasons that mean it may be worth you considering the purchase of refurbished woodworking machinery as opposed to buying brand new. The most obvious reason for making this particular decision is that it is usually significantly cheaper to buy used equipment, rather than a brand new machine. This can be especially helpful if you are looking at purchasing machinery for an entire workshop and could save you a fortune while still allowing you to purchase top quality equipment.

Not only is refurbished machinery more cost-effective, some older machines are renowned for their robustness and durability, as cost was less of a problem when they were manufactured. That said, there are still many things that you should be aware of when shopping for refurbished woodworking machinery.


When you aren’t shopping brand new, it can sometimes be tricky to find something that meets your exact requirements. It is worth spending time researching the refurbished machinery that is available to determine whether or not there are any alternative machines that could still meet your specifications. Between resources available from manufacturers and dealers, there is plenty of information out there to help you make an informed decision.

Reputable dealers will always be more than happy to help you out when it comes to the specification of older equipment. It is also important that, if you employ people, you confirm the machine you are purchasing is compliant with any relevant current safety regulations.


If the machinery has been refurbished well by a reputable dealer, it is likely that the equipment will be, in essence, like new. Any correctly refurbished machine from a truly reputable dealer will have been fully inspected by trained experts to make sure that everything is in tip-top condition and that the machine will be usable and safe. Any worn parts will have been replaced to provide you with a machine offering use for many years to come. However, it is always worth physically inspecting the machinery if possible, so that you can see exactly what you are purchasing.

If you make the purchase through a reputable dealer, you can rest assured that the equipment will have been checked over, thoroughly inspected and will be a top quality piece of heavy machinery. It is worth always going to a reputable dealer just to ensure that you are purchasing a quality piece of equipment that will meet your requirements while being safe to use.


When looking at refurbished machinery, it is worth asking if there is paperwork to go alongside the equipment. Paperwork such as owner’s manuals can give important information on health and safety, as well as details on setting the equipment up and changing tools. A well-documented, good service history can also go a long way to putting your mind at ease when you look at second-hand equipment.


When buying any refurbished machinery, you can benefit from the ease of use that comes with time. During the time that the equipment has been for sale, there will have been training resources such as videos created to help users operate the machinery.

Before making a purchase, it is worth researching the resources and information that are available for the equipment. If the manufacturer is no longer in business, it may be harder to get replacement parts if needed or to get the machine serviced. The other thing to bear in mind is that if the equipment did not initially sell very well, there will be fewer training resources available.

This article was supplied by Calderbrook - providers of high quality refurbished woodwork machinery