Well, first I'd try to get the receipt from him. That may possibly help if you go after warranty work. (Could it have been a present from some long lost cousin of yours? ) While you are having this conversation with him, just be up front and tell him the truth about the warranty situation and see if he offers to take it back; that is, if that's what you want. You can also determine if the fellow was already aware of that and he really was trying to be deceptive.
All that aside, the tool was probably a good buy if you saved yourself $50. Just don't be upset if you find yourself in need of warranty service somewhere down the road and your quest for a bargain poses a challenge. When you buy something used, with the idea of saving yourself a few bucks, you are lucky if it proves to be a real bargain.
If you don't abuse the tool (running it until it gets too hot, leaving it out in the weather, or throwing it around), it should last a long time. Batteries are something else though and they will have to be replaced every couple of years or so, depending on how often they are used (the more the better).
Personally, I've never had a power tool that I have had to make a warranty claim on. While I'm not in the trades, I do build a few things every now and then and I do all the maintenance on our home. My oldest power tool is a Sears' Companion 1/4-inch, corded drill that I bought in 1968 for about $8. It has solid bronze bushings instead of ball or needle bearings and thus requires a little oil on occasion. It has been used quite a bit for things appropriate to its size and it still works as well today as it did when new! So, treated properly, any half-way decent tool will last a long, long time.
[ 11-19-2004, 06:15 PM: Message edited by: CWSmith ]
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