Re: New or Reconditioned Tools
As long as you go with a good quality name brand, it matters less whether it is new or reconditioned. Like DJ said, you don't want to toss your money in the trash, and I wouldn't recommend recon tools for a professional setting, but for the average DIY'r, recon may be just fine.
Side note: Just because "recon" is stamped into the side of the tool, doesn't mean that there was anything wrong with it to begin with. Basically what happens is, when merchandise is returned, it has to be repackaged and cannot be sold as "new". The item may have never seen a moment's use, but it had been opened and removed from packaging, which means that for the manufacturer to sell it, it has to be gone through to make sure it is within mechanical specification, then repackaged for sale. Most manufacturers use subcontractors for this work.
As for some real life experience, I have a recon Dewalt sawzall that has worked great for the past 12 years of DIY use (I'm retired ). In my professional days, I had a Milwaukee sawzall that served me well for many years, when I wore it out and it was cheaper to replace it than to repair it.
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