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When it come to buying tools you have a number of choices. You can buy a brand-new never used tool or you could buy a tool that has been used by some other person or persons. There are advantages to both situations. Whether you buy new or used is a decision that you and you alone must make. This decision can be based on a number of things including a preference for new or the amount of money you have to spend.

Unlike used tools, new tools generally come with a warranty, a distinct advantage if the tool breaks the first time you use it; and if the tool does not have a warranty do not buy it. As far as quality goes, there is an enormous range from which to choose. Keep in mind, you generally get what you pay for. That is why buying cheap tools in the long run generally does not pay off. This does not mean you need to buy the most expensive tool either, there are numerous tools in the middle between cheap and expensive that are very good tools. If the tool is one that you will be using on a regular basis it is best to spend that little bit extra to get a good quality tool whereas if it is a tool that you may use once every blue moon then an inexpensive tool could be the way to go.

Used tools have a distinct advantage over new tools, that is, they cost less. This would allow you to obtain more tools for the same amount of money compared to buying a new tool. It also allows you to purchase better brand tools for what it would cost to purchase lower quality tools. There are however, some downsides to purchasing used tools. The most obvious downside is that there is no factory warranty (with some exceptions) so if the tool breaks you are out of luck. The second downside is that in many instances you will be buying the tool from a picture only without the ability to hold in your hands and examine it closely. Even with these downsides used tools can be a great buy.

There is a third option that lies in the area between new and used and that is, factory reconditioned. Buying factory reconditioned tools can allow you to buy what is essentially a new tool at somewhat of a used tool price. In general, most factory reconditioned tools sell for 20 to 30% below the new price and unlike a used tool, they generally come with the same factory warranty as would the new tool. In many instances the repairs done on factory reconditioned tools are minor such that the difference between factory new and factory reconditioned is insignificant. Whether you buy new, used, or factory reconditioned having the right tool for the job can be the difference between a job well done and a job poorly done.

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