How to Inspect Used Woodworking Equipment for Sale


When you’re looking for used woodworking equipment for sale, do you know what needs to be checked to ensure you’re making a good investment? You’d be surprised how many people aren’t familiar with what inspection points are important in used machinery. Fortunately, we’ve created a simple, short guide for you to discover the basics, allowing you to make an educated decision for the equipment you’re considering. Here are a few tips to help get you started.

How to inspect used woodworking equipment for sale

  • Start with the body and frame. What condition is it in? If it looks like it’s been abused, you may want to steer clear. Machinery that has been poorly cared for tends to have many more problems than one that was given appropriate care due to excessive wear and tear, parts being out of alignment and similar concerns.
  • Keep safety in mind. Are the appropriate safety guards in place? Though safety features can sometimes seem bothersome, they are in place for your protection. If safety guards or grilles have been removed, make sure they can be reinstalled prior to purchasing the equipment. No deal is good enough to risk permanent disability from a preventable accident.
  • Take a hard look at the motor. Because this is the power behind the equipment’s performance, the motor needs to be in good condition. Listen to the motor being run under a load and note any sounds that are out of the normal, such as grinding from the bearings, loose bushings or squealing from the belts or pulleys. If possible, check the temperature of the motor casing after being used under normal loads. A hot motor is a sign that the motor is not up to the task.
  • Look over any available maintenance and repair records. Is there a regular log that records everything that was done to the machinery? If a full log isn’t available, you may even be able to just look over receipts for repairs and maintenance or for parts and supplies that were used in the maintenance process. Did the machinery require any major repairs and were they repaired with original parts from the manufacturer? Having a solid view of what has happened with the machinery helps you determine what may need to happen in the future.
  • Don’t hold age against a great machine. The old adage, “They don’t make them like they used to,” definitely applies here. A quality piece of equipment, even if it’s older, may deliver significant performance and was originally built to withstand a wider range of tolerances than more modern equipment may be able to deal with.
  • Look carefully at reconditioned equipment. Be sure to ask what was done in the reconditioning process. If the process restored the machine back to factory condition, it can be a great buy. If it only covers particular areas, keep in mind that you may need to monitor for issues in other areas of the machine down the road.

When it comes to used woodworking equipment for sale, a little knowledge helps you ensure you’re getting a great buy. But what if you need used equipment that is hard to find in your area? Many people find our online equipment auctions a great opportunity to find used machinery that goes above and beyond your local market.

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