Purchasing Tools Together

6 Steps for Success

When several families pool resources together, they’ll find many a tool affordable that was previously beyond their means. However, its important to have good communication before jumping in! Clear parameters offer less opportunity for ‘issues’ to arise!

Extreme though it may be, its a wise to write up the group’s agreements for the purchase, maintenance and care of the item, along with consequences if one member fails to fulfill their duty. Today we are using the example of a rototiller. Outlined below are suggestions that ought to be discussed, researched and set up before agreeing to make a purchase!


  1. What will the tiller be used for at each home? Is it for working large pieces of land or small gardens? Discuss this before stepping in further! Perhaps one person needs a tractor and disc instead of a tiller!

  2. When buying with another adult (or two), each one ought to talk to an informed third person about brands, prices and durability, coming to agreement before purchasing.

  3. Outline the below for each family before the buy is made!

    1. buying cost (+ tax)

    2. maintenance costs (some tools have expensive replacement parts!)

    3. plan of action for mechanical issues (personal work from within the group or taking it in)

    4. Plan of care for equipment which could include

    • a) re-fueling after use

    • b) storing indoors if rain or snow come your way

    • c) clearing the blades of twine or string when finished

    • d) lending policy: can outsiders use the machine? If mechanical issues arise for outside, who covers the cost?

    • e) when machine breaks down does everyone contribute $ or is it the responsibility of the one who had the machine at the time of the breakdown?

  1. Clearly discuss the consequences if one family fails to carry through on their part (a small fee for the maintenance of the machine can be a good idea)

  1. Booking: set up a system so everyone knows where the tools is and also when each person has access to it

  2. Out-of-season storage: decide who will store the tool. Be sure to keep the tool in a secure environment where its life is preserved through good care