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Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
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Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 12 8:09 pm    Post subject: Downsizer Tool Bank.  Reply with quote    

I have done a search and am surprised to come up pretty blank, but why do we not have a tool bank?

Or do we that I haven't found?

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34031
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 12 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think it's been discussed, and distances tended to rule it out, but it there's a way forward, it'd be great.

Jamanda
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Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 34920
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 12 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What Nick said - we've got a powered tile cutter to start the ball rolling. How's it going to work?

DawnMK



Joined: 01 Dec 2008
Posts: 895
Location: Buckinghamshire
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 12 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think it would be a great idea

jema
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: escaped from Swindon
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 12 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It is one I have thought about.
I like tools, but do not constantly use them, in fact I have given some things to other downsizers as I'd rather see them used.

But I have SDS drill and bits, angle grinder, bench grinder, tile cutters and loads of other bits.

The problem is both distance and now a lending system would practically work, frankly some people look after tools other don't. I am not sure I'd want in on a system that gave all and sundry access to my stuff.

alison
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Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 12 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Putting a dampner on this maybe.

We have lent lots of things in the last 25 years, unfortunately they rarely come back in the condition they went out in, or in some cases not the original was returned and a worn out one at that.

It has cost us loads in repairs, or replacements.

We think very carefully now before we lend.

jema
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: escaped from Swindon
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 12 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks like me and Ali cross posted there.

It ain't like we are mean with stuff, its just tricky.

Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
Posts: 15337
Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 12 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
I think it's been discussed, and distances tended to rule it out, but it there's a way forward, it'd be great.

This?

Obviously depends on the tools.
I've got one of these, and a lot more stuff that I don't lend out quite so freely.
Jamanda wrote:
How's it going to work?


Good question.
Lots of possible answers depending on what people want. I'd suggest that we try to establish a system that is bulletproof, then we can potentially get some serious equipment.

Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
Posts: 15337
Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 12 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What I would suggest is that we create a tool bank: an entity that owns the tools.
Tools could be borrowed from the bank for a sensible contribution.

Perhaps we could set up a private sub-forum for it?
For any significant tools keeping tabs on who'd got it, condition, problems, etc.

Calli



Joined: 13 Mar 2009
Posts: 626
Location: Galway
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 12 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Might consider the distribution of the tools?
I know that the DS network is amazing but a tool bank could look at a network that could tranship and redistribute...look at the location of the availabilty of the requirements?

Next day shipping has become ridiculously cheap considering fuel costs

Luath



Joined: 03 Dec 2009
Posts: 758

PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 12 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Agree with Alison on this one; would never lend my tools out, from bitter experience. I use the phrase 'Please don't ask to borrow my tools, as refusal often offends'

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 12 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As far as I can see we already have an informal one. Judith, Pookie and I usually have at least one thing in our houses that belongs to one of the others. I've got Robert's second best cement mixer.

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
Posts: 8433
Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 12 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Whilst I see this a good idea for those that are closely located for the rest the delivery, return & club costs are prob going to cost the same as hiring locally.

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 24569
Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 12 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think I agree, Richard.

vegplot



Joined: 19 Apr 2007
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Location: Ynys Môn
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 12 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What resolution or mediation system will be in place to deal with non-returned or claimed damage to tools loaned?

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