If the 20 year old beat up saw functions well and he knows how to use it, you keep your mouth shut and let him do his job. :whistling Been there done that, turned out to be one of the best finish carpenters I've ever hired.In the case of the carpenter that provides his own tools, what if he shows up with a 20 year old beat up circular saw? Can I require him to put a new blade on the saw, replace the saw at his cost, or is that up to him? I have seen this last scenario before.
While we're on the subject, where do you all stand on cordless tools? Since there is a myriad of them these days, should a skilled "carpenter" have his own set or are you willing to provide a set including but not limited to a sawsall, drill, driver, multi tool, circular saw, palm sander and power plane?
If I'm there with them everyday I don't mind providing everything but if I was to send a carpenter out on a job he should have the tools he needs for said job. I suppose I could set him up with enough stuff but it would be at risk of being lost, stolen or damaged.
If I had a two man crew with a van I could see having it set up.