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I was reading up on these recently, seems they're popping up in a lot of places.

Here's a well-established library. They also run a program to help other people get started on making one of their own (managing legal liabilities and things like that).
 

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Nice, that's not too far from my mom's place. If I get roped into working on her car, and there's something I need, I may have to check that out.
 

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nothing like that exists here.. just tool rental shops 3 at big box stores. and another 4 or 5 for contractors..

the big box rental shops are more expensive especially for floor sanding equipment and scaffold.
 

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Didn’t think such a thing existed. Just did a search to find five of them in the city I grew up.

The tool is yours for up to a week. All free if you bring it back on time, late fee if you don’t.

Pretty cool.
 

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id say a credit card deposit woiuld be mandatory..

your best bet .. befriend the tradesman on your street.. specifically the one that has a ton of tools.. we typically have mulitples of everything .. the beat up ones that arent as reliable stay at home so were not worried about it being used.. new tools dont even ask. your not gonna get them
 

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PACA, the preservation folks around Champaign-Urbana had tools for loan to members. I forget if they charged a minimal amount or not. The deal was you were supposed to bring them back clean and sharp for the next person.

When I first got back into the trades and until I kept my tools really busy, I banded together with three others. We pooled together and bought nicer tools than we would have gotten on our own and stuck them in a storage shed we could all tap with notification to the others. It worked out great until, as I say, we had demands beyond sharing.

There are the shop environments that have every kind of woodworking, metalworking and even 3D printing kinds of equipment where you pay a monthly dues payment and then something per use. They even staff the environments with people expert on the equipment to help you. They started in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 

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There are the shop environments that have every kind of woodworking, metalworking and even 3D printing kinds of equipment where you pay a monthly dues payment and then something per use. They even staff the environments with people expert on the equipment to help you. They started in the San Francisco Bay Area.
My area (Minneapolis, MN) has one of these called the Hack Factory, and it is an amazing resource for people who don't have the money or space for a lot of their own tools.
 
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