My friend, who lives in another town, says she and her neighbors all share their lawn and gardening tools. This way no one has to be out the purchase price of expensive items, like lawn mowers, garden tillers, leaf blowers, etc., unless they just want to be. Clever idea!
Until it comes time for repairs!
For this to work, neighbors have to have similar values and sense of responsibility. Our old neighbor constantly tried to borrow our tools and we learned our lesson real quick. They were either never returned to us, lent out to others withour our permission and lost forever, returned broken beyond repair, left out in the weather and ruined, etc. We were then blamed every time they lost one of their tools or found it broken, even though we never used it. To make matters worse, we had some similar tools, and every time they lost theirs, they tried to take ours, saying that we stole it from them. BIG NIGHTMARE!
When I was a kid, our farm was part of a co-op. Each member had some of the equipment (we owned a small tractor and a combine). As the season to plant arrived, those members with weeding & planting equipment would 'share' their equipment by weeding & planting the other members who didn't have those pieces. When harvest time came, we would contribute the combine to the harvest effort. Everyone understood that by working together, we saved on costs and helped us pool our harvest for a better price at the mill.
We were all good neighbors helping good neighbors. It sounds like that is what your friend is striving for and based on the approach will be successful. Make a note: items such as the lawn tractor or garden tiller are not always easy to operate so this is a nice opportunity for a good neighbor to help a friend in need.
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