How to Pawn or Sell Power Tools for Cash

February 11, 2020 - Equipment and Tools

If you have completed a home project like a kitchen or basement renovation, you might have some extra power tools around.

Whether you want to pawn a DeWalt drill set or a Bosch bandsaw, power tools are one of the best items you can pawn. They are always in demand, and many pawn shops are happy to take power tools for this reason. You can get a good chunk of cash for them.

The brand makes a difference when it comes to pawning or selling power tools for cash. Some brands are known for better quality than others. This is why we list some of the most desirable power tools to sell to a pawn shop below.

If you want to get straight to getting an estimate for your power tools, we will review that in detail, as well. Continue reading to learn how to pawn or sell power tools most effectively.

Best Power Tools to Sell at a Pawn Shop

The best power tools to sell at a pawn shop are listed below. These are some of the most desirable brands that pawn shops look for! We also list the less desirable power tool brands to pawn or sell.

Most Desirable Tools to Sell

  • Milwaukee
  • DeWalt
  • Marita
  • Bosch
  • Stihl
  • Snap On

Less Desirable Tools to Sell

  • Rigid
  • Stanley
  • Festool
  • Dremel
  • Craftsman
  • Ryobi

How to Pawn or Sell Power Tools for Top Dollar

Clean your Power Tools

Before you try to pawn or sell power tools, you need to make sure they are clean. Wipe any dust, dirt, and grease off of them and their cords.

When you present clean tools to a pawnbroker, they appear well-taken-care of. Many pawn shops will look at this as a possible indicator that the tools will function well. They will test them, but the appearance definitely helps your case. This, in effect, could help you secure a better appraisal than if you brought dirty tools to the pawn shop.

Find the Manuals

If you find the manuals for your power tools, bring those to the pawn shop when you go to sell them. The manuals are important for the next customer to have. Although you can often find the manuals online for download, many people don’t know that and not everyone has access to the internet.

Furthermore, the manuals will make for a more complete “product” that the pawn shop can sell to a customer. This could sweeten the deal for you when it comes to an appraisal.

Include all Tool Components

If your power tools came with accessories, make sure you include all of those. Include the power adapter, the drill bits or any carry case/bag that came with it.

As long as you have the parts that make it function and hold a charge, that is the most important part. However, including the extras will make for a more complete package, and this can help increase the value of the set in the eyes of the pawnbroker.

Box it Up

Find the boxes! If you were a shop owner and wanted to resell a product, wouldn’t the box make it look better? It sure would. Find that box and put your power tools in there before taking it to the shop.

Pawn Shops that Take Power Tools Near Me

If you’re looking for pawn shops that take power tools near you, your best bet is to use PawnGuru.

It can be difficult to find out exactly which pawn shops take power tools just from using Google or browsing a pawn shop’s website. But with PawnGuru, you can find pawn shops that take the exact items you’re looking to sell.

To find pawn shops that take power tools near you, follow these simple steps:

  1. Register for a free PawnGuru account
  2. Create a listing on there for your power tools
  3. Watch bids roll in from multiple pawn shops near you that take power tools
  4. Accept (or don’t accept) the highest offer! It’s up to you.
  5. Walk into the pawn shop that gave the highest bid and exchange your tools for cash in hand!

Now that you know how to pawn or sell power tools for top dollar at a pawn shop near you, you will likely want to see how much you can get for other items in your possession!

Read the articles below for more information on frequently pawned items.

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David Stiebel
David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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February 19, 2017, 6:29 AM

How would I find out if my tools that were recently stolen end up being Pawned through you guys?

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Sarah Smith

October 31, 2018, 3:44 AM

My husband has a lot of power tools that he doesn’t use anymore. I think that we should pawn them or find some other place to sell his used power tools. Your information that we could get more money from pawning them in their original packaging is really helpful.

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June 27, 2019, 1:18 AM

What percentage of the original cost does a power tool sell for at a pawn shop? My father passed away and we have more than several of the brands that you listed as most desirable to sell. Thank you!

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Stefan Bradley

September 18, 2019, 3:46 PM

It’s good to know that you should clean off your power tools before selling them. My uncle has a lot of old electrical equipment that he would like to sell. I’ll let him know that he should clean them up before he sells them.

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