||02-04-2012 01:43 AM
Originally Posted by Hardway
The Astro is not drivable, but I have a second vehicle. The Astro is what I need a tool for. I don't ever rent any tools, buy only. However changing a shaft seal in the parking lot is not possible. Also there is city ordnance, no working on cars in the parking lot. Now minor repairs, they will let ya slide. If I had to pay to have the Astro repaired it would have to go. I have good set of tools, as good as most repair centers. Just don’t have everything, as the vehicles change.
I've found myself renting tools more frequently. The way OReily's does it, it's more like borrowing them. When I return the tool, they refund the rental charge.
I recently rented an axle nut socket, to use on my Grand Cherokee. Dumb thing would have cost about $35 to buy, and being a 36mm socket, it's unlikely I'd ever use it for anything else. So "borrowing" it was pretty sweet.
Other things I've "borrowed" from OReily's recently include...
Coil spring compressors
Ball joint separator
My decision is based on the cost of buying the tool, and the likelihood of needing to use it again.