Information and Answers for Woodworkers
I have been a professional and hobbyist woodworker for nearly 30 years, and the one piece of advice that I give everyone is to establish relationships with equipment dealers. I have bought from equipment dealers and sold for them. I know how the business works from both sides, and just like finding a good Doctor or Mechanic, knowing a good Wood Equipment Dealer is worth the time and search.
And this advice is for you hobbyists too! When I finally upgraded my home shop to a cabinet saw, I got a super-clean, might as well have been new, Delta Unisaw with side and outfeed tables for far less than half the cost of a new one. You see, equipment dealers, like car dealers, often take equipment in trade when they sell to their commercial customers. And like the auto business, they are interested in selling the trade-ins.
Carolina Machinery Sales buys and sells used industrial woodworking machinery. While they started out primarily in the logging and sawmill side of the business, their inventory now includes all sorts of wood processing equipment.
They have a knowledgeable staff that can help you find and buy or sell off equipment as needed, and the inventory is highly diverse and ever changing. You should be browsing their site regularly to see what is new, or you can sign up and have them send updates directly to your inbox!
A recent look at their site showed CNC machines of all configurations, logging and grinding machines, briquette sytems and even a SawStop table saw!
Spend some time there, and talk with an agent about what you are looking to buy or sell. Like all good relationships, investing some time and attention will pay off in the long run.