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[May. 30th, 2006|12:57 pm]
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[ladylennox]
Does anyone know of a place you can pay to use power tools? I've seen a few listings on craigslist that are monthly rentals, and I don't need that much tool access (or to spend $350) - more like 3 hours with a bandsaw every so often. I promise not to cut eoff any appendages.
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[User Picture]From: center
2006-05-30 05:05 pm (UTC)
Well, not yet, but it is the hope of the Please Take Materials Exchange at the Phactory to eventually have shared workshop space and tools. We've also been inspired by tool lending libraries elsewhere, but are not yet sure that is feasible. That being said, a lot of work needs to be done before this will be possible. People are of course invited to get involved in order to help make it happen sooner rather than later! As far as tool rentals/availability I would look at traditional routes.. the yellow pages, home depot, etc. depending upon what you need.

You might also look to the http://www.woodturningcenter.org/ for resources.
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[User Picture]From: steanne
2006-05-30 06:44 pm (UTC)
home depot has tool rental for periods of four hours (or more).
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[User Picture]From: handworn
2006-05-30 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I rented a wallpaper steamer at Home Depot. I should've simply bought one; they sell them for $50 or so. But a more complex thing like a bandsaw might be more worth it. I'd imagine the Lowe's down on Delaware Avenue would also rent tools, though I happen never to have asked.

You could also check the eBay listings restricted to a 60-mile radius of your zip code, or whatever distance you'd be willing to go to pick one up. That shipping cost kills interest and keeps prices low, so if you were in the same area you could get one for cheap.
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[User Picture]From: ladylennox
2006-05-31 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestions! I had no idea you could rent stuff like that at Home Depot. Unfortuantely, the real problem isn't so much lack of a bandsaw - I'd happily buy one - but lack of an appropriate bandsaw location. My tiny house is quaint and all, but if I put a bandsaw or other power tool in the living room (basement ceiling is like 6' or less, even midget me stoops down there) I'd have a house full of dust. Though if I ever see a metal lathe for sale for cheap, I'm grabbing it!
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