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There is very few people that I would lone my tools to and they don't ask. My daughter called and wanted to use my drill, well it's hard to say no to your daughter. It's not her that wants to use it but her husband. They have used my pressure washer twice and both times I have had to fix it and it cost me about $100 each time. I knew he would tear up my drill but I thought what can he do to my corded 1/2" drill. It's rugged but he did something I don't know what yet. I thought maybe he would get it hung up and twist his arm off. No such luck. I mean what kind of house hold is it that don't have some kind of drill. I don't see why my daughter didn't let me pick a good husband for her. I would be so much happier.

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Don't like to loan tools out. Only 2 people I do, and they are totally anal the way they take care of things.

Other than a cheap Chinese wrench or the like ....... nope.
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Did once; got back a rusted table saw and jointer. I have a couple of friends that, like John, will take care of anything I might loan them but they'd rather call and say, "I need to borrow you - bring tools!" and I'm ok with that.
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Not anymore. When they ask, I say Hey, I have extra time let me come do that for you. That works well and is a deterrent to them asking. Funny I just had a long PM discussion over the same issue.
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I loaned a tool to a relative many years ago which has never been returned. So now if anybody else asks, unless they're 100% trustworthy, I tell them 'no' because of the relative who never returned my tool.
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Depends on the tool - I've lent my 12" SCMS - a friend currently has my pancake compressor and one of my nailers. But I wouldn't lend out a large tool that's too hard to move.

My daughter (her husband actually) has borrowed tools from time to time - just recently borrowed a hammer drill and asked while I was away. She has a key to the house so told her where it was and to go get it - reason I don't mind is it takes a long time to accumulate tools and I wouldn't expect them to go out and buy something they might only use once or twice.

Having said that, I trust the people I lend things to and trust that they will take care of them. If the person asking is anything doubtful, I just say no.

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I have 2 neighbors that I infrequently loan a tool. They both are good guys that take care of my things as well or better than their own. Otherwise not just no but HELL NO,
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Been down that road!

My philosophy is, that, when I borrow a tool it returns in the same or better shape then when I did. If for some reason it becomes damaged I replace it with the exact same thing. With that said, very few tools get lent out. I could probably count on one hand the number of people I trust to take care of my tools.

When you spend a lifetime collecting quality tools only to have someone not appreciate that and trash them really "screws me through the roof".

Neighbors are the worst...then relatives...

Neighbors seem to think that since they are so close, that, when you need it back you'll come and get it. Relatives just feel that it automatically becomes theirs.

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Don't get me started, I have a hard time saying no, but know I am going to get burned ,and do every time,so don't feel too bad ,because I knew I would/shouldn't have.
My step sons were the worst, if I ever did get it back it was trash, but if I didn't loan to them ,I had to put up with the wife, did give me an excuse to go buy a new replacement though.
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