If you’re a woodworker, your router is an essential piece of equipment. For woodworkers just starting out, the idea of spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on one tool can be a daunting idea. For seasoned crafters, it might be time to upgrade, but you don’t know what to do with the old router. A solution for both? Selling the used router and bits.

How to Buy a Used Router and Bits

Since this is a tool you most likely want to see in person before you purchase it (and if possible, try it out before plopping down the cash) start locally. Check your local newspaper’s classified section for tools for sale. Local online ads, as well as regional papers, are also a great place to search. If you need to expand your search, Amazon.com and eBay are also options.

Ads with photos are best since you can at least see the tool being sold. If you want to check prices, you can search for the router’s make and model number in Google or refer to a used price guide to find out if the requested price is fair. If the pictures are good and the price is right, contact the seller and negotiate the sale. You can use this same approach for bits that are being sold separately, though most people throw in the bits or include them in the price.

How to Sell a Used Router and Bits

The first thing you want to ensure is that the router works, and the bits are in good condition. Clean the router and bits so everything looks more presentable. Then take several photos of the tool and included pieces. If you are selling bits, a separate picture of those is a good idea so interested customers can see exactly what they’re getting for your sale price. You should include both far away and close-up photos of the router, so customers get a clear view of it.

Once you have several decent photos, you need an ad. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, but it should answer all the pertinent questions: The make and model of the router, it’s condition, the selling price and what’s included. You can add additional information regarding why you’re selling it, if it was a good tool, etc. But so long as you answer the primary questions and provide payment and contact information, that should be sufficient.

When pricing, you can price the router and bits separately, but if the bits are proprietary to the router, add the bits to the price of the router. Or just throw them in. Unless you have another router that can use the bits – they’re not worth much by themselves.

You can sell the router and bits on a variety of websites including eBay, Amazon or Craigslist. But you might want to start with your local paper and online ad sites. A router is something a buyer will have to pick up or you’ll have to deliver, so it would be easier to sell and deliver if it’s a local buyer. Place flyers on bulletin boards around town with your phone number so interested people can call you. If you don’t find a local buyer, you can branch out to other sites.

By selling an old router and bits, you can help finance new routers and new bits, not to mention make space for the new tool. For the buyer, the router could mean the start of a new hobby or small business. Whether you’re the buyer or seller, a successful sale should be a win for both parties.