I'm a handyman by trade, and I've learned that tools are an essential part of my job. But they can be expensive! So I started looking for cheaper alternatives—and found them. It turns out that there are tons of ways to find good-quality tools without breaking the bank. Here's how to do it:

Skilled trades can require significant investment in tools

You can save a lot of money by using the tools you already have. However, if you’re buying new tools, it may be possible to negotiate with the manufacturer.

When it comes to finding cheap tools, there are three things that you need to know:

  • Tools are expensive! As a general rule of thumb, if something costs $50 or more, I would rather spend my time looking for another solution than paying that much for one tool. The best way to get around this issue is by borrowing from friends and family members who already own them (and hopefully aren't using them). If those options don't work out for some reason - maybe they live too far away or don't have any extra crafting materials sitting around their house - then consider renting from somewhere like Rent-A-Center or borrowing from an online marketplace like Craigslist .

Surplus tool stores

Surplus tool stores are a great resource for finding the right tools at a discount. These stores buy up large quantities of tools that have been used in manufacturing and resell them at a fraction of the original price. The only problem is finding one; they're not as common as other types of hardware stores, so it might take some legwork to track down your nearest surplus store.

To find a surplus tool store near you, start by asking friends and family members who work in various industries if they know where any surplus stores are located nearby. If that doesn't produce any results, try searching for "surplus tool store" on Google Maps or asking around on Reddit's r/HomeImprovement subreddit (which has over 40k subscribers).

Once you've found your local surplus tool store, head over there with an open mind! While many people use these shops purely as places to get cheap tools without worrying about quality control or safety standards, others enjoy browsing through all their options while looking for something specific like an old-fashioned wrench set or an antique hammer head with intricate designs engraved into its surface by skilled craftsmen hundreds of years ago before being sold off cheaply because nobody wants them anymore due to changing technology trends such as electric screwdrivers becoming more popular than manual ones nowadays so now nobody needs them anymore except maybe collectors who want something better than what most people would typically consider valuable enough to collect--so yeah there's definitely plenty here worth checking out if you're into collecting things like that.*

Rental Tools

Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace is a great place to find tools for cheap, but there are some things you need to know before you start shopping.

  • First, make sure the person selling the tool is legit. Facebook Marketplace allows people to sell items at their homes or businesses, so be sure your seller isn't trying to scam you by posting fake listings in order to get in touch with buyers and ask for money.
  • If a seller has any negative reviews from other users (not just 1-star ratings), stay away from that person because they're probably not trustworthy enough for you to trust them either!

Moving / Estate sales

Movers typically charge by weight so most people get rid of expensive tools when they are doing large moves. This is a great opportunity to pick up some deals.

Moving sales are a great place to find tools and other household items for cheap. They're also a great way to get rid of old stuff you no longer want or need. Moving sales are typically held on the weekends, in the morning and/or summer months.

They can be held indoors or outdoors, so keep an eye out for signs that say "moving sale" or something similar when you're out driving around town.

Business liquidation auctions

With the help of a few simple tools and an Internet connection, you can easily find tools for cheap at business liquidation auctions. The best thing about these auctions is that they offer a wide variety of items to choose from—including heavy equipment, automotive supplies, and even office furniture.

In addition to the many different types of items found at business liquidation auctions, you may also enjoy buying items still in their original packaging or even brand new (without having been used). This means that you'll get high-quality products without paying too much money for them!

With all these great deals available at business liquidation auctions it seems like everyone should be able to find cheap tools no matter what type or condition they're looking for.

You can save a lot of money on tools by using these resources!

By now you know that tools can be expensive. But there are several ways to save money on tools, including finding them for free, buying them secondhand and buying generic brands. Keep reading for more information about how to find the best tools for cheap!

  • Free: If you're just starting out in woodworking or building your first home workshop, there's no need to go all out on expensive power tools right off the bat. You may not even need most of them! Instead of spending hundreds on a table saw or fancy drill press, consider borrowing one from a relative or friend who has one they don't use much anymore, or check Craigslist or other online selling sites (like eBay) for good deals on used equipment.
  • Secondhand: Used hardware stores are great places to find inexpensive hand tools at low prices—but beware the dinged corners and rusty handles before buying anything! Some people even sell their old stuff on Facebook Marketplace; just make sure they aren't trying to pass off damaged goods as new ones by slapping some WD-40 onto it first thing in the morning ;)


I hope this article has inspired you to think more creatively about where you can get tools, and encouraged you not to be afraid of trying out new resources. With a little bit of research and some experimentation, anyone can find the right tools for their project at a price that works for them.

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