Used Framing Equipment For Sale
If you are planning on starting up a new construction or framing crew, and want to make sure that you have all of the tools required to be able to get the work done, you’ll want to take a look at the list below. You can find quite a bit of used framing equipment for sale, as long as you know what you are looking for, and where you should begin looking. You can start by going over the list, and then venturing out to one of the best auction sites for used framing equipment, eBay.
Necessary Construction Framing Equipment Checklist
Speed Square – The speed square is one of the most essential tools for any framing carpenter who is looking to get work completed quickly. Instead of having to drag out a large square, the speed square can be easily set against the piece of wood that you are going to cut, and have a line drawn down it quicker than you would be able to do with other types of squares. It then fits comfortably back into your toolbags.
Framing Hammer – Not all hammers are created equal when it comes to framing a house, shed, or other structures. Smaller hammers are not going to give you the driving force required to set long shank nails. Your wife’s kitchen hammer isn’t going to cut it, either. You need a hammer with an open, wide claw, and a square head that can hit the top of the nails easily.
Bubble Levels – Another tool all framers are going to find themselves using are bubble levels. To get started you are going to want to make sure that you have two different types of bubble levels. The first is considered a “torpedo” level, and is around 6” to 8” long, and fits easily into your tool bags. The other is a 4’ long level that can easily span longer distances, and give you a better reading when you’re setting walls, plumbing windows, or setting beams.
Chalk Line – A chalk line is great to use when you have to cut sheets of plywood to use for sheeting, or when you are laying out the concrete slab. Chalk lines are also used for quite a few different applications where most framers may not consider them. You can use them as a string level, as well, when you need to keep the same measurement across long distances.
Framing Nailer – A framing nailer differs from other types of nailers because of the size of nails it is able to carry, as well as the safety mechanism inside of the guns trigger. The safety on the guns makes it possible to climb up and down ladders without worrying about a nail being driven into your knee cap, and also makes it possible for you to line up your shot while you’re holding a board in the other hand.
Ladders – Ladders are another crucial piece of equipment that framers use. Unless you enjoy moving scaffolding around from spot to spot while you are working, and then taking it down when you are done, you will need a couple of ladders to make getting up and down to spots you need to reach much easier.
Chisels – If the board doesn’t quite fit properly, you can either smash it in with the hammer, or break out your chisel and take a few slices out of it so that it does fit. After all, what most framers do is considered “rough” framing, while the finishers take care of any rough spots that the framer has made during the construction.
Carpenters Pencils – Carpenters pencils are a lot different than the pencils that you will find around your house. The lead inside of a carpenters pencil is designed to stand up against the weather, which means that if you leave work for the night, your marks will still be there when you get back the next day. They are also much more durable than standard pencils are.
30’ Tape Measure – A 30’ tape measure is essential to being able to get your job done, because of the long distances that you will be measuring at times. You don’t want just any 30’ tape, though. You want to get a tape measure that is at least 1” thick so that it doesn’t bend and crack when you are trying to pass it to another framer over a gap.
Tool Bags – Your tool bags are the lifeblood of any framing crew. If you do not have a set of tool bags, it is not possible for you to work efficiently. You will constantly be running back and forth to get the tools that you need to do the specific job you are working on at the time.