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How to Get the Best Deals on Machinery and Tools


Tools in the garage

Purchasing machinery and power tools can be very costly, especially if you run a business that requires a lot of equipment and supplies. Regardless if you are buying tools for business or personal use, it’s always nice to get a good deal.

Here are a few ways you can get deals on machinery and tools…

Flea Markets and Swap Meets

You probably will not find large machinery at flea markets or swap meets, but you could find other smaller tools in new or used condition. Make sure to thoroughly inspect items and that you can test them out. Prices are usually negotiable, so don’t be afraid to go a little lower than asking price.

Craigslist and Other Online Classifieds

Yes, Craigslist still exists! In fact, you can find large machinery and heavy equipment for sale on Craigslist. When buying anything on Craigslist, you can start negotiating a price before you even meet in person. This will save you and the seller some time. Sometimes sellers are firm in their price, so trying to negotiate in the early stages of communication will give you an idea whether or not there is potential for a better deal. Lifehacker.com also has great tips for buying quality tools for cheap on Craigslist.

MachineryTrader.com has just about every type of large machinery, trucks, and equipment that you may need. You can do a detailed search if there is something specific that you need.

Online Auctions

If you’re a regular customer to our online auctions, you already know that we have a monthly industrial and tools auction that includes a wide array of tools, machinery, and equipment for business or personal use.

In fact, we currently have an industrial and tools auction where you can find everything from machineries such as a mill and band saw to tool cabinets, lab equipment, electronics, and much more.

99% of our auctions do not have a minimum starting bid, so there are many opportunities to score great deals. Although we are based in San Diego, we can ship items anywhere in the world.

Tips For Buying Used Machinery and Tools

Of course, you don’t want to get ripped off when buying used power tools. Make sure to read these helpful tips from GarageToolAdvisor.com that includes this classic tidbit that we always talk about before buying anything:

It’s always a good idea to do a bit of research before heading out to purchase a tool secondhand. Certain brands have a reputation for being more reliable than others.

Do you have any ideas or tips to share about getting the best deals on tools and machinery?