Tools are required for just about any project a person undertakes whether inside, outside, at home, or at work; sometimes the tools needed for a particular job can be very costly however and not worth the price especially if you will only use it occasionally. The answer to this problem is reconditioned tools which work just as well as new ones for a fraction of the cost of new tools.
WHEN TOOLS ARE RECONDITIONED
When the original owner of a tool upgrades to a newer model or no longer has need for a specific tool he/she may opt to sell it second-hand or send it in to the factory or a certified partner to have the tool reconditioned; sometimes too a manufacturers’ fault may render the tool useless and it is then replaced for the customer and the defective unit sent back to be repaired or reconditioned.
Furthermore, most equipment has a mathematical formula used to determine the workload of equipment before it requires servicing called the Mean Time Between Failures or MTBF; what this means is that all tools after performing the recommended workload, should be reconditioned. This process of repairing, servicing or reconditioning helps prevent future failure and rectifies issues with already failed components.
Depending on where you purchase your reconditioned tools there may be a warranty period; some reconditioned tools that may have a sticker saying “Factory Refurbished”, “Factory Serviced” or have some other similar tag indicates that the tool was returned to the factory and either serviced from a working state or repaired from a non-working state by the factory and is now reconditioned and tested as working. These tools usually do not have a warranty period attached and those that do usually have a significantly shorter warranty than a newly purchased tool.
WHY BUY RECONDITIONED TOOLS?
Though a reconditioned tool may not have any warranty or as long a warranty period as a new tool, this should not deter one from purchasing reconditioned tools; because although the original fault may not be known by the buyer if there was a fault to begin with, and the absence of a warranty may be a deterrent one should bear in mind that the servicing done by the factory or center will usually prevent the same failure from reoccurring. As there can be no definitive guarantee on the lifespan of any equipment one can look at reconditioned tools for their home use as opposed to new tools; purchasing a reconditioned tool may give you a lifespan rivaling and even exceeding that of a new tool so don’t let the word “reconditioned’ deter you from making the purchase. The only thing you need to look for to protect yourself when purchasing a reconditioned tool is the returns policy; even if there is no warranty some stores will allow you to return a reconditioned tool if it fails within a few days or weeks, allowing you to test it and be fully satisfied that it does not fail or lose performance within the return period.