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Old 11-01-2017, 06:52 PM   #1
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People Asking To Borrow Your Tools, When They're In The Trade But Don't Buy Own


What's your policy on lending your tools out?

Myself I almost never ask to borrow a guys tools.

Over the years I've bought quality tools and I don't really like to lend em out.

Last thing I lent was to my electrician and I never got it back.

A guy I know who'd I'd consider a pretty good friend asked if I had a particular tool today, and then asked if he can use my workshop....

irony is he was complaining that where he works there's lots of young guys who always want to borrow his tools, and he said it pissed him off no end.

So it seemed sort of strange that he'd ask to borrow mine. A while ago borrowed my tile cutter 3 times for 3 different jobs.. got to the point I was like if your in the trade then you should have to tool.

But you sort of run the risk of seeming unfriendly perhaps, also he is the sort of guy that would do me a favour if I was in a jam.

I'd do him a favor back but lending my tools out not really one of em.

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Old 11-01-2017, 07:20 PM   #2
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I'll give them away, but I don't loan them unless I want to harass the person when they don't return it.

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Old 11-01-2017, 07:31 PM   #3
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Rent it out. Make up a contract about payment. He's making money off your investment for free. If he's a good friend, charge a bit less than the Home Depot. Nothing in this world comes for free. Just how I was raised maybe
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:35 PM   #4
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Borrow no, rent yes its called asset utilization. Great money maker. Also that way you know that you'll get it back and not just when you call and ask where it is. And that you'll get it back within a timely matter.
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There are 3 people I would lend anything I had to. If they neeed whatever I've got...take it and use it.

Because I know....it will come back in the same or better condition than it left in and if they damaged it, they would replace it with like or better...no questions asked. It wouldn't be a matter of...I bent this...want me to replace it? It would be replaced...period.

Anyone besides those 3 guys? Nope...I don't lend tools.
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just ask him to leave his little sister with you until he returns the tool.
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:55 PM   #7
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I've never borrowed a tool in my life, I regretted the few times I've loaned mine out.
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You didn't hear the Canadian Parliament Nationalized every privately owned tool.....

Former tool owners have 90 days to register their Capitalist Pig weapons of wealth building with the local branch of Party of national Progressive socialism.....

Remember former tool owners are responsible for the repair, upkeep, and any needed replacements of tools "donated" to the Uber State.

Don't forget to add the VA (T)ax to any rental charges...
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I never lend tools.
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The last straw for me was lending out my extension ladder a few weeks ago (to a fully grown man) and getting it back missing the halyard. Who in the hell brings back a freely borrowed tool in unusable condition? It just finally broke my back man. No one but my father or my brother borrows my tools ever again. God knows I borrowed a lot of theirs when I was just starting out.....

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Lent my 32' ladder Few years ago and Came back covered in brown stain. Was a customer I did one job for before . Not even an apology lol. Didn't learn my lesson cause I lend guys my 40' all the time.


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It makes no sense to lend your moneymakers to someone else, Unless they're a relative or a very trusted friend. Even then, it's a big maybe.

On a jobsite with coworkers, I'm very reluctant to share my handtools, but power equipment is pretty much community property, whoever gets his out first. But if I see you abusing anything of mine, you're done. Get your own or do without.
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Lent my 32' ladder Few years ago and Came back covered in brown stain. Was a customer I did one job for before . Not even an apology lol. Didn't learn my lesson cause I lend guys my 40' all the time.


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I will usually always have my own tools on me, so don't ask to borrow others, and I wouldn't want too.

My general rule for letting other use my tools is I don't mind, if I am there working with them. I can see if they are starting to abuse the tool, and I can make sure it doesn't leave my sight.

There would be a couple people I would lend tools to, as I know they take care of theirs. Given that they never ask. But friends in general, no. I've been a nice guy and done it before, and the tool comes back abused and just not like it was, it happened more than once and I don't lend power tools anymore. Tools are too pricey to take a chance like that. I might lend a shovel or something, whatever no problem. But a laser level, cordless tools, or pricey mitre saw? no way, too much that can go wrong if they are abused.

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if you feel awkward saying no to a good friend, I'd just say it is nothing personal, but the last few times you have lent tools it has cost you money.
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If I had a 60' ladder, I'd lend it in a heartbeat, just don't ask me to help you set it...
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Tell him he's too green to use your tools
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Had an employee doing odd jobs between remodels. Borrowed tools, brought them back, then a few months later, he'd borrow without asking , leaving me dry when I needed them. Chewed him out, and later found he was pawning them. Fired.

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Arrested. Don't leave him out there for us to hire.
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he'd borrow without asking...found he was pawning them
yep, that's stealing.

I really don't like people using my tools. irritated me when I returned the next morning to find the carpenters hooked my Kapex up and used it the night before. pissed me off when the gc said 'oh well'. I'll bend over backwards to help the other subs but picking up my tools is like me walking around and picking up your phone or wallet.

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