never liked to borrow tools and i never liked to loan tools
have done it when someone was in a bind or just needed something
briefly and i could help
but i figure it is better to avoid either to keep things in good
a lot like loaning money but maybe not as bad
I have loaned many a tool.
These days, I am a little more reluctant.
My best friend borrowed my Makita grinder, it was like new. It came back
with cracked casting, he broke the lock to get the wheels off, and it
has been run through the ringer, all this black sticky shit all over it.
He returned it, and told me he liked it so much he bought a new one for
I loaned a lawn roller to my other friend, I haven't gotten it back yet.
It's been 6 months, I asked him if he had used it yet, and no he hasn't.
I said I like it back multiple times and he says when he's done.
So needless to say, I think I am done loaning.
I wound up replacing my makita with a HF unit. So far I'm pretty happy,
bought 3 of them for $9.99. Would still think he should have replaced
the totally F'd up makita and kept that one.
i might have proposed that idea to him in clear terms that are easy
to understand and not misconstrue in any way
i do not have a makita grinder but if i get a grinder it will be a
they seemed to have nailed this tool niche
But the Fluke costs 100x what the HF costs. Unless the features are
necessary, there's no reason to take the risk. I would but few would
be willing to buy me a new Fluke if the screwed it up. I don't care
about the HF. It's bait anyway.
And available for free if you've got the latest coupon book.
And a pretty servicable meter. Maybe not as accurate as a Fluke, but you
generally don't need that much accuracy/precision anyway.
And reasonably tough, at least for the normal drops.
I can only say that I am generally much more careful with other people's
tools, cars and houses than I am with my own.
And although I haven't done that much lending, I've had much better
luck. I recently loaned a sander, a biscuit joiner and two routers to a
friend of mine. The fact those tools are more for fine work than random
destruction probably helped. But the guy who borrowed the individual
tools has also "borrowed" my home shop a couple of times. Each time he
left it cleaner and neater than before he started. So the human factor
was in my favor as well.
that has been my approach and it works great to keep some people away
you loan them the money knowing they will probably not pay you back
they will do everything in their power to avoid you after that
known as a blessing in disguise
I have a neighbour of nearly 20 years, he has a ton of tools. I have
asked him if he had things in the past, he usually said, what are you
doing?, would grab the tool, come over to my place, do the job, and take
the tool back home with him. He is over 80 now, I buy or rent the
missing tool. Rather share a beer and chat, than go down that road.
I have two sets of some tools. My tools and loaner tools. I will help people
by doing some operations that need my tools to do the work. If people want to
fix or build something themselves, they can borrow my loaner grade tools or buy
their own. The loaner tools are things I will never miss if they don't come
back, but I do keep track of who has what.
On Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:31:34 -0700, Electric Comet
I came home a couple of months ago and my neighbor, who I'd met only a
handful of times, was walking out of my garage with one of my ladders.
My wife let him borrow it, so OK, I lost that one. I told her never
to do that again. Too much of a liability problem, particularly with
someone who I don't know. I ended up repairing his roof (didn't have
to get off the ladder) because he couldn't even use a hammer.
how do you keep track
am curious because i can barely keep track of what i have
that is another downside to loaning
you forget you loaned it then spend time looking for it only to
remember you loaned it
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