I've always been friends with a lot of mechanics so if I need a biggie or expensive item I just go borrow it.. Some of the sets or even an OBD (~$6000) computer is essential to trying to figure out car or truck things or repairs while if there is a small engine to fix I have just about everything I need there except a bore & mill.. Maybe in my next life!! A lot of folks borrow my stuff but some are delinquent in returning them so they are on the 'short list' of folks I hound to get it back.. I'm getting so many dang tools now that I'm losing them in the dang shop and a few times I've bought another and then found the old one!!
After 40+ years of collecting tools I've done the duplication thing many times. I'm now of the age where I can't kick myself any longer(joints too stiff). I'm now getting picky about what I buy. My challenge this winter has been to better organize my tools and supplies. So far everything else has taken priority. I know that if I can better organize, in the long run I'll get more done. I'm trying to organize by type of work. A top box and roller for body working tools, a top box for electrical, a roller for air tools and on and on. Fortunately I picked up quite a few tool chests and rollers over the years. Many at the dump that needed welding and paint.
Edited by boyscout862, January 31, 2013 - 10:34 PM.