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Factory Reconditioned

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by burban89, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. burban89

    burban89 1/2 ton status

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    Just wondering what thoughts were on buying reconditioned stuff? Ive been looking for a welder, and it looks like I can save a good chunk of money going this route.
     
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    usually it means "we knew this was going to break anyways" or "this broke and we fixed it, its mo betta now"
     
  3. burban89

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    I was kind of thinking that, but I figured that a recon. brand name is better than a elcheepo 150.00 ebay special. Or am I looking at it wrong and I should just save up and buy new?
     
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    dhcomp 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    sounds like a plan. or if you are looking for a basic arc welder, just buy used.....its hard to kill those old lincolns.....
     
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    Refurbed means they got it back. Doesn't nessesarily mean it was broke or what was broken. I usually stick with Factory Reconditioned.

    If you keep an eye out though you can usually buy lightly used bargans but that depends on the time you spend searching.
     
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    Most of the time they come with an original warranty.
     
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    I tend to use my tools hard, so I like to look at who is going to service this item when/if it fails. Is it some faceless guy three states away, or is it somebody you know, whose wife teaches at your kid's school,....you get the idea.
    It's real easy for a company to claim you abused the item when they don't have to face you the next time you walk in their store.
    I try to buy local when possible--I might pay a little more, but I feel I've got an advantage when it somes to service after the sale.
    Jimbo
     
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    I say go for it, if they got it back as a return or because it broke, they are going to go over it with a fine tooth comb befor they send it out again.

    so in my book you are probably better off with one of them.
     
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    the only thing I ever bought reconditioned was a Milwaukee cordless sawsall. it works fine but the batteries dont last for nothin.
     
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    rdn, dont worry, none of the milwaukees do lol, i sold 2 and got both back... they suck
     

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