If you are just starting a woodworking hobby, you are going to need the general woodworking equipment so you can get crafts done. All woodworkers at any level have to work with routers, mills, grinders, lathes, and sanders and all woodworkers know that these materials can be expensive. Unfortunately you can not have just one equipment doing all the work, you're going to need to invest in a few of them to make your projects the way you really want them. If you are just starting, it's important that you try to find equipment that is cheaper so you do not overspend.
When you get a good source of equipment it will also give you the best choices in terms of finding your tool from a wide range of options that are available to you. This way you can also compare several pieces and you find the one that you really need.
First you should check your local hardware and department stores. It's a great way to get started and if you find what you need, it will be easy for you to get whenever you need something. Before you go to one hardware store, check prices online and try to find stores that have sales, this can save you time and money.
If online shopping is something you are familiar with, then eBay is a great place for you to look for your equipment. eBay has plenty of great deals, the problem with buying your equipment on Internet sites like eBay is you do not really know the quality of the machines since they are not being sold by serious woodworkers. You also are not really sure that they are a reliable source to buy from. But if you do find a person online that you buy from, stick to them, do not just start buying from someone else randomly. This can save you a lot of money and you will know for sure that you are not going to get ripped off or scammed.
Check your newspaper for garage and yard sales that might have good deals on some equipment that you could use. Used equipment does not mean it's not good equipment, if you are buying something that is used from someone in your area, just be sure you check it out before say yes to buying it.
Many woodworking related retailers will have many different types of tools and equipment on sale, try browsing their pages for sales and discounts, some many even have free shipping available.
Source by Ryan H Peterson