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What are some tips for buying used concrete finishing tools?

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Before buying used concrete finishing tools, an individual should research what brands of tools are most widely recommended. The buyer should inspect potential purchases to ensure that tools with moving parts are functional, power cords are intact and no integral part of any tool shows excessive wear or damage.

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Concrete finishing tools can range in complexity from hand trowels to power screeds. Because the quality of both hand and power tools varies between brands, a buyer should first research product ratings to determine which types and brands of tools wear well enough to remain in good used condition. Buyers can visit retail stores to handle and assess new tools of different brands and determine which models he is interested in purchasing.

Once a buyer has located a potential purchase, he should assess the quality of the used tool. Power tools should have all parts and safety guards, and power cords should not be frayed or modified. The amount of wear on hand tool grips and handles indicate how intensively the tool has been used. Before purchasing a used hand or power tool, the buyer should test the tool to ensure that it functions as required, paying special attention to moving parts and the sound of the running motor.

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