The first is to buy reconditioned tools online. Major toolmakers repair and recondition tools that have been returned due to a defect or user mis-handling. They offer these practically new tools online at 30 to 70 percent off of the regular price and many include the manufacturer’s warranty! Sites like toolking.com and amazon.com are reliable places to start shopping. For a list of online factory outlets that sale reconditioned tools check oneprojectcloser.com. The list includes: Skil, Ryobi, Makita, HomeLite, DeWalt and more. At each of these sites it best to enter ‘reconditioned tools’ into the search feature to find what you’re looking for easily.
Another option is to rent. Hardware and home improvements stores like Lowes and Home Depot offer quality rental equipment for any project you can dream up. In many cases they also sell these items after a period of time in the rental cycle and you can get a great bargain on an item you only need once or twice a year. Case in point, my husband bought a rental Honda lawn edger at Lowes about 3 years ago, saving $150 off the cost of a new edger, and it has held up like a champ.
But, what could be better than a free tool? Sometimes the neighbor’s garage is the first place to start. Of, course, you want to make sure that your reconnaissance is limited to daylight hours and your neighbor is aware of your nosing around her garage. You can also start a neighborhood tool-sharing network. Recruit members in your community newsletter or through your homeowners association.
Be smart the next time you need a new tool! Reusing, renting or borrowing (and returning) tools is a great way to save money and you’ll be doing your part to tread lightly by reducing your eco-footprint on your kids future. Happy Father’s Day!