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post #1 of 63 (permalink) Old 06-08-2014, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Guys I don't know about you but I just despise lending out tools . Like go to the store and buy your own tools just as I have .
My recent story , I lent out my delta sander ,you know the one with the 6" disc and 4" belt . Well it comes back and the adjuster had fallen off to tighten the belt so I tossed it . Another one came on sale and I lent it out and it sat for some time till I went to use it and I found you couldn't sand your finger nail on the disc as it would stop . Something must been stripped or loose , I don't know as I never bothered and instead threw it in the recycle at the dump .
Funny thing is I can use something for a decade with no issues , but lend it out once and it's a train wreck?

Well I fixed the problem as I bought a horizontal sander from GI that weighs 453 pounds . This way know one asks stupid questions like can I borrow it as it takes four people to lift it. I'm trying to make sure everything I buy is close to a quarter ton or more lol. Someone at work asked to use the miter saw you see in the background , and when I told him no you would have thought I shot JFK or something


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never occurred to me to loan out tools...
no one I know bothers to ask to either...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Rick; you just need to learn to say "Sorry; no, I don't loan out my tools. Too many bad experiences."
If the would be borrower takes offence, well that's his problem, not yours.
I will say this, I have developed good relationships with some guys that DO respect tools, and I will loan them stuff, because I know I'll get it back in as good if not better condition than I lent it out....and I'll get it back promptly!!
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I lent out my Dewalt Radial Arm Saw, it wasn't really a big problem as I also had a sliding mitre saw, that was 6 years ago and I haven't seen it since.

Since that time, I no longer loan out large tools.
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Ya know, 'sfunny no one ever wants to borrow my pick-axe or spare shovel...
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Don't think of it as lending, think of it as giving away.....

Seriously, I do have a bunch of duplicates in handtools and small electrics, but I cringe when certain folks borrow them.

My biggest frustration is when I loan something out then need it. Just last week I needed my fish tape, but it was 40 miles away......

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I have two friends whom I lend/borrow tools with. We have an unsaid agreement that the tool comes back in the same or better condition. With everyone else it's "No, but you are welcome to come over to the house and use it."

Long time ago I loaned a Lie Nielsen block plane to someone. A week later it was returned all rusty. Seems he left it lay out on the deck for a few days. One of those guys who has no clue of the value of good tools. Never again.
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"I loaned a Lie Nielsen block plane to someone."

Holy Hanna! That's like asking to borrow someone's Lamborghini!!
Give him the bill for a new one, and tell him the old one's his to keep.
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I loaned a nail gun to a friend so he could build a privacy fence. That was last year. He's a nice guy and we have known him for many years. And there is nothing he won't do for us.

I will get it back some day. He buys the fence boards when he can afford it and puts them up. He is a vice principle at our local jr high where my wife worked for 10 years.

But, when he asked to borrow my finishing nailer to put down some trim, I said no. I use that thing a lot. He went and bought one for himself. :-)
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I rather not even give tools to my wife to use by here at our home. If only possible I'll do it myself. Cant remember if she have ever returned it back on the place I ask her to returne it to. Its not the question that she cant use it or she will ruin it. Its just so ******g stupid to search the tool from every place.

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