Buying Used Tools // How To Find Amazing Deals

Buying Used Tools // How To Find Amazing Deals

I will give you my tips and tricks on buying used tools. There are plenty of deals out there, you just need to know how to find them. This video wilI take a look at my favorite places to shop: Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist. I guarantee this will help you find a great deal on that used tool you have been searching for.


  1. Podsixia on June 5, 2023 at 12:19 pm

    Estate sales are also an amazing source of tools.

  2. Malba on June 5, 2023 at 12:20 pm

    have u ever tried searching pawn shops for hand tools / tools , i kno they can b kinda dark n seedy but was thinking bout giving it a try

  3. Topher’s Wood Shop on June 5, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    Great Videos …..newer subscriber and learning from your videos! Cheers and keep’em going! Love the DarthBlader shirt 😊

  4. Botch on June 5, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    Dude, you are a Jedi Master for good deals! I’ve never used CL or FBM, just the local classifieds. Thanks for the tips!
    When I was stationed up in Grand Forks ND I used to attend farm sales most weekends (not much else to do) looking for a bandsaw. So was everyone else in the crowd, and they all had a tool catalog in their hands to check prices. Used saws would almost always sell for within $20 of a new saw’s price, and I gave up on that route.

  5. G_ Star on June 5, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    This is great. If your starting to build a work shop. Awesome deals. Thanks for putting light on this topic 👍🏼

  6. Barry Cook on June 5, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    Your channel is All-Pro!

  7. Robert Allen Payne on June 5, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    Facebook Marketplace: "it’s a lot less creepy than Craigslist." Seriously? LOL. Sure, I love having everything I look for, or express an interest in, logged by Meta so that they can leverage their knowledge of me and my family to pimp my data out to the advertisers, the spammers, and the dark web – just kidding! I dumped Facebook four years ago. I’ve never looked back and haven’t missed a thing. if Marketplace becomes the only way to buy and sell used items, I’ll just buy new, and send my old stuff to the dump. It’s crazy to me how when they put a fancy interface with a slick UI on a website that is known for exploiting their users, that people just line up to use it.🤣

  8. Bob Little on June 5, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    I use both CL and FBM but I like CL’s search filters far more than FBM/s. I can tell CL: "look for band saw, but NOT Craftsman OR Wen"

  9. RedGai on June 5, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    auctions and estate sales are great, but they require a lot more effort. Auctions like hibids are kind of simple depending what’s around you, but estate sale auctions like maxsold will require lots of looking around the pictures and reading descriptions. Estate sales are kind of the same depending on the company. I’m just starting to build my tool collection right now and actually bought a miter saw (dewalt don’t know model yet), table saw (craftsman 113 series), and 12" delta drill press today for under 200. Not a big deal but it’s within my budget

  10. Chad Daniels on June 5, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    Great info, however I don’t see the link to Mr. Katz video on auctions. Did I miss something? Thanks!

  11. bowler84 on June 5, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    You can often swing deals at the big box stores if you are patient, too. At my local Lowe’s I had been eyeballing this large roll around tool chest from Kobalt. It had been out on the floor for months and suffered some minor but noticeable damage to one of the sides. Originally it was over $600 but they had marked it down to $500. Still it sat. So, one day I worked up the courage to approach the tool manager. I offered him $250 for it thinking he’d laugh me out of the store, but hey, nothing ventured nothing gained, right? Surprisingly, he countered with $350 and I told him he had a deal. Now, with my military discount that brought it down about the same as our tax rate here so in the end I made it out the door with it for $350. I never have bothered to fix the damage since it doesn’t affect its function in any way.

  12. Lincoln Dickerson on June 5, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    great nfo. thanks

  13. ALC LatheWorks on June 5, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    RIP Zoe

  14. Darrell Fowler on June 5, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    Hi John I am also a Maker or wood worker in S.C. Pawn shops can be a gold mine for good used tools. My best deal come from out of the way pawn shops that do not have several close to it. Two most recent finds were a 349.99 dewalt brushless drill and driver with a 5 amp hour battery and charger for 100 and also a 159.99 bare tool at homedepot saw zaw also dewalt brushless with a 4 amp hour battery for 50. lot of time i find tools that look new and have a good battery that i have platform for and i buy them keep the battery and most of the time the price for the tool charger and battery is a lot less than just the battery and i sell on ebay or market place the bare tool and can usually recoup the what i spent on the whole kit.

  15. YT-User on June 5, 2023 at 12:44 pm

    Yea, I’ve seen some deals on FB, but, mostly there is old, used stuff that is so overpriced I don’t even want to haggle.

  16. Michael Bradford on June 5, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    I haven’t been fortunate enough to find any great deals on tools on FB Market but have with lawncare products , weedeaters , mowers , blowers ect.

  17. Nelson W on June 5, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    Good tips. Thanks!

  18. Jolon Andrade on June 5, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    I can’t figure out marketplace anymore

  19. NightHawk on June 5, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    The best deal I’ve ever gotten was on a delta table saw. It was an older one from the 90s and would have been about $500 new but it came with a $100 extension wing, a $300 mobile base, a $500 Bessemer fence, and a $200 blade. All in all, the stuff put together would have been well over $1500 new and I payed $550 for all of it… I just happened to be on craigslist at just the right time!

  20. David Thomson on June 5, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    Enjoying your vids. lets see somethings you have made………………………

  21. Dean Huffman on June 5, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    How do you like that JessEm router lift? I recently bought their dowel jig and it seems very high quality…now I’ve been thinking about getting one of their router lifts. Specifically, how are above the table bit changes?

  22. John Brewi on June 5, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    You are the goods, enjoying you videos

  23. Fernando Ricciardone on June 5, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    Grabbed a 6" jointer for $40.00, seller stated it was not working, it was in almost new condition, new blades , all cast, no rust. Fired right up when i got it home…. it was a loose wire on the power button…

  24. InspiredCraftsman on June 5, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    Craigslist deal for me was a retiring woodworker selling off all his shop tools. Two delta drill presses, delta 20" bandsaw, powermatic 66 table saw with 54" biesemeyer fence, 3hp porter cable router, and workbench. All for $1,400. And recently picked up a grizzly 5hp cyclone dust collector for $400. Another area to get into for good deals is industrial 3 phase tools.

  25. mysticswordsman on June 5, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    So you are now my go to for beginner advice! Also I have become a subscriber just upon your take on woodworking. Thank you!

  26. Amrauz on June 5, 2023 at 12:50 pm

    The best place to get cheap tools is Estate Sales. I bought a Saw Stop 5hp Industrial Cabinet table saw with Biesemeyer fence for $300. (saw alone is about 5k new) It also came with a side table and Router attached. It also came with some starter capacitors and replacement brake cartridges. I got it home and only had to replace the Motor Start Capacitor (with the new one that came in addition to the saw) and it works flawlessly.

  27. Randy Christenson on June 5, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    Great tips on this video!

  28. CB SUPER HOME on June 5, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    Great info!

  29. Igor on June 5, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    i’ve been waiting for two months for a keter table (or dewalt or worx). nothing withing 150 miles but FB feeds me a shitload of deals in IL to which there is a 8-hr drive (:

  30. Toofpyk on June 5, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    I haven’t tried many platforms for tools, but I’ve built a decent collection of woodworking tools from estate sales. I got my first router, an old Craftsman, with table for $20. My best find was a Porter Cable thickness planner, hand (jack) planers x2, a rabbit planer, and DeWalt biscuit joiner for $200.

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  32. Why Mate Why on June 5, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    Meanwhile in Australia everyone expect to get RRP for there used goods RIP

  33. Ken Andrews on June 5, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    Pawn shops are another good source for used tools and, you can put hands-on for close inspection while negotiating a better price. I just picked up a DeWalt DWE7491RS table saw (in excellent condition) for $350 out-the-door. In my area that’s a great deal for the largest job site table saw DeWalt makes. (New Subscriber… glad a found your channel!)

  34. Eros Nicolau on June 5, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    Step one: live in a rich country 🤣

  35. A. Wilson on June 5, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    I prefer Craigslist for a much more robust search function — and, no ads! Facebook search functions are wretched. They’re inaccurate and hard to limit with filters, if you select results by time posted or closest first, fewer are listed. The application of filters is faulty. As you say, saved searches stink.

  36. Skulls are Cute on June 5, 2023 at 1:01 pm

    Lol this inspired me to check Craigslist, and I discovered some employee in a Columbus, OH Lowe’s is stealing like crazy and selling it all. Wow.

  37. Taco-Tanner on June 5, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    "Buried in another post" is dead on the money. That’s how I found my Rockwell table saw for free. Needed some work, but a wire brush, a little paint, and a new cord couldn’t fix.

  38. 3 Sticks Outdoors on June 5, 2023 at 1:04 pm

    With manufacturers struggling to keep up with demand, I’m finding recent auction prices exceeding retail, just because of availability. A $1400 jointer went for $1800, a planer went for almost $1000 over retail. I went looking for a deal and left shaking my head.

  39. Kevin CinnamonToast on June 5, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    Stolen tools are good bargains too.

  40. bladee_enjoyer on June 5, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    There are a surprising number of people who own festool but cannot spell festool. Make your search for "festo*", you would be surprised how often they list a domino as a "festoon domino". That is how I got a good deal on mine.

  41. bliss darkstone on June 5, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    good advice thanks, several tips hidden in this video.

  42. John Lobert on June 5, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    Stop uptalking, please. Every sentence sounds like you’re asking us a question.

  43. Brandon Cordell on June 5, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    Great tip about setting up alerts for places you’d be willing to drive to. I missed out on a guy selling a Powermatic jointer, Grizzly table saw, Grizzly band saw, plus clamps/whole-shop dust collection for $1,500! Missed it by less than 24 hours. 🙁 I was just able to buy a Rikon 14" bandsaw for $300 though, so that’s nice.

  44. Derek Dean on June 5, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    I’m fortunate enough to live close to the largest Rockler on the west coast. I swing by every month. I’ve gotten a $500 bench dog cast iron router table top for $100. A $200 miter trimmer for $50. And a couple other screaming deals.

    I used bidspotter (jkm recommended) and got a Jet 750 dust collector for $300. Put a filter on it. $500 for a $1000 tool. But this was risky, had no idea if it worked or not.

    The only great deals I got on eBay were for used hand planes I restored. They weren’t great deals, just, great tools that worked well upon arrival and after an hour were perfect.

    That aside, I always check Home Depot or lowes. They randomly have Dewalt deals I swoop up. $100 router that’s $200. Same with the multi tool and impact wrench.

  45. versus023 on June 5, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    How do you know if its a good price. I was looking at ad in my region.
    Guy selling its festool track saw 680CAD, brand new its worth 770CAD+15% purchase tax. (885$CAD) without rail. Looking through ebay sold item tells me its around what they are selling for.

  46. Mel on June 5, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    My wife, dad, and I go to estate sales just about every week and we find screaming good deals there on just about everything. I scored a workbench for $20. They didn’t want to bother trying to take off the bench grinder and drill press so they threw those in for free. It had six cabinets below, along with two drawers. I loaded the beast into my truck and it fit perfectly in my garage. I highly recommend checking out estate sales! Quite often, they offer everything at 50% off on Saturdays (or whatever day is the last day of their sale). There are apps for smartphones as well that will tell you where estate sales are happening in your area.

  47. PWKing on June 5, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    Lot’s of great tips, thank you!

  48. itstoelean on June 5, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    Great tips and guidance! Most of my machines were found this way. Actually just grabbed a basically new Jet DC1100vx off of Marketplace today for about 40% off—finally time for some more substantial dust collection. I’ve also found my 8" jointer, table saw, planer, bandsaw, and plenty of hand tools and shop accessories this way over the last few years. Patience for sure pays off!

  49. Broken Branch Woodshop on June 5, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    Great advice