Tips for buying quality used drywall tools include researching the tools, looking for name brands and inspecting the item before you buy. Potential sources of used tools include pawn shops, thrift stores, online auctions, garage sales and classified advertisements. When price checking new tools at retail stores, look for clearance items, items other customers have returned or items with minor cosmetic blemishes.
Research is essential when buying used tools of any type. Visit home improvement stores and drywall supply stores to compare prices of new tools so you have a price guide for buying used. Pawn shops are also a good place to begin with used tool price comparisons. While researching prices, take time to inspect the tools closely so you know what the new tool includes that might be missing from a used item. Buying replacement parts is often costly and easily brings the cost of a used item to that of a new one.
Name brand tool manufacturers have often worked for years to earn their place. If an off brand manufacturer goes out of business, finding replacement parts becomes very difficult.
Inspect the tools before you purchase them. If buying online, ask about the seller's return policy for defective or broken tools. Ask the seller to demonstrate the tool if possible.