Used Tools for Basement Finishing = Big $avings

basement finishing - rigid framing gun

Ok, I’m trying way to hard to look tough with my Rigid framing nail gun. It is pretty bad ass though. If I’m being completely honest and open here, when I started my basement finishing project we did not have the budget for it.

The stock market had crashed through the floor, people were literally freaking out, our house had lost over $200,000 in value seemingly overnight and I wanted to… finish the basement?

Sounds a bit misdirected, I know. But it would add equity to the house to keep us above water, keep me focused on something I could control and was a sanity and confidence boost.  But to say that saving money on my basement finishing project was a priority would be a gross understatement.

One of the best ways to save money on your basement finishing project is to buy used tools. Used tools, or re-conditioned tools as they’re known in the industry, can save you between 20 to 50% over the cost of buying new, sometimes even more.

If you spend $2,000 on tools then buying used could save you close to $1,000.  When I first started in the basement I didn’t even know this option existed. Then I stumbled upon CPO and reconditioned tools. You can check them out here 

5 Tools – New vs. Reconditioned

basement finishing 5 tools graphic That’s $630 in savings. The best part is that shipping for any order over $199 is free. So if you’re comparing against ordering from Amazon with Amazon Prime, you can compare straight price. Even orders under 200 are only $7 to ship, regardless of size or weight. With gas these days costing and arm and a leg you can barely drive to Home Depot and back a couple of times for under $7. 

Okay, so they have a great price, are they any good?

Excellent question.  My wife Jenn was skeptical to say the least.  I mentioned that for my birthday a great gift would be a Milwaukee reciprocating saw.  She looked up the retail price and nearly hit the floor. I believe her exact words were “Are you kidding me? This is way to expensive!”  I told her that used would be just as good and I could see her mind turning, imagining this grimy, used, rusty tool that had been sitting in some guys truck for 5 years.

Based on the reviews found on line she decided it was worth a try.  When the tool arrived it was in perfect working order.  Barely had a scratch on it.  I’ve been using that saw for 2 years without a single problem.  Unless it was something I really wanted to have brand new or I had a gift card from somewhere else, I never bought a new tool again.  Why would you?

basement finishing kids with toilet seats

Not much funnier in life than taking two kids with you to shop for toilet seats.

Sweet! But what if when I order it doesn’t work?

I’ve never had to use it, but if you aren’t satisfied CPO offers a 60 day 100% money back gaurentee.  That 60 days.  100% of your cost, for a tool that is not even brand new.

You can’t get those terms from most retail stores.  This company is serious about customer satisfaction.  CPO is the #1 retailer in the world for reconditioned tools.

Finishing Your Basement with Recon Tools = A Better Planet

I know it seems like maybe I’m gushing on a bit much about recon tools but money is money. We all could use some extra , especially trying to keep costs low on a project as large as basement finishing.

But, there is one more benefit to buying reconditioned tools. You are helping to save the planet.  Without a market these tools would go into landfills.  Natural resources and energy would be used to make newer more expensive replacements instead.

Reconditioned Tools Wrap-up

So there you have it, one of the best tips I can offer for saving money when finishing your basement.  There are plenty more, but I tell almost everyone I know about this website, it’s that good and that great of a deal.

My recommendation would be to try them out, check out their huge selection, they have all of the major brands.  I am an officially approved affiliate partner for their website and if you use any of the links on this page I earn a small commission. Please don’t mistake my affiliation as a reason for endorsement, I only review and recommend products and websites that I’ve personally used.

basement finishing jasonWe’re talkin’ beer money here, not pony for Charlotte money.  My plan, along with the beers, is to use any money earned by this basement website to eventually finish my home theater and add some kick butt home theater articles, how-to’s and photos.  Thank you for your support.  I truly, truly appreciate it.

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