check out your local rock shops, bead stores, bulletin boards at
community colleges or wherever classes might be held. Call Santa Fe
Jewelers 1-800-659-3835 to ask about their used tool bulletin board,
call Rio Grande and ask the same, call Foredom to see if they have
second-hand machines or know of a resource. (I got my Trimline tent
at a significant markdown as a customer return for a pinhole it took
me 3 weeks to find and 4 minutes to repair.) Also put a “wanted” post
on eBay and Craigslist, as it may push someone who’s forgotten their
extra machine gathering dust. SearchTempest is a site which will
search ALL Craigslists at once - you just have to convince the seller
to ship it to you.
(One last thing - I had the knock-off, "recommended for beginners"
flex shaft from a well-known tool company, and when it started to
degrade it cost me more in assoc. tools than I had saved by not
purchasing the Foredom brand in the first place. Hold out for the