Can I Borrow a Drill?


If you need a power drill, try to borrow one if you can. Most neighbors have them.

Are you aware that the average life of a power drill is 4 minutes? Seriously, the average person uses their drill for 4 minutes (actual power surging through the device to do something like drill a hole).


When I thought about how often a drill is used in the first place and how
long my finger is on the trigger (a few seconds), that seemed to be accurate.

The reason I say this: I found it to be pretty
wasteful to purchase one. Not just in terms of money, but in terms of
everything that goes into a drill. The manufacturing, transportation
and carbon output just to get this tool to sit on a dusty shelf in a

The guy/gal next to you almost surely has one begging for use right next door.

Just remember not to be the neighbor that doesn’t return tools ;)

I got this idea from listening to a video on Inhabitat
(www.inhabitat.com) and listening to the founder of Core 77
(www.core77.com).  There was a suggestion in the video of creating a community ‘rental/borrowing’ program where people could borrow tools like this for brief use. I thought it was a good idea for anyone looking for one.

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  1. DeWalt Drill

    Aug 6, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    My DeWalt drill has lasted far more than 4 minutes so far – you can borrow it any time you like :)

  2. Greg

    Aug 6, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks Justin! To clarify…the average drill lasts I am sure for hundreds of hours. The average USE of the drill is 4 minutes.
    I will let you know when I need to borrow your DeWalt.

  3. Rob Buchmann

    Aug 9, 2007 at 10:40 am

    I had to laugh with the 4 minute average statistic. I personally cannot relate to this. I have found my drill quite handy and useful on innumerable occasions, often running out of juice during an unfinished project. In fact, I have had to replace my rechargeable batteries in the last year. This does not apply to me, and I am not a carpenter or anything like that.

  4. Greg

    Aug 9, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Rob > I know…it is surprising. I am sure there are many out there, like you, who use the drill for hours rather than minutes, during the drill’s lifespan. Think about how few some use it when 4 minutes is the average usage time.
    Imagine the amount of a spouses that buy a power drill for Christmas hoping it brings out the ‘handyman’ in the other (only for it to sit unused in the garage) or the college kid that needs to put up some drapes or a painting (only for it to get thrown into the back of a closet)…the list goes on.
    The good news is that you are using every bit of your drill. Please share it with others so they don’t have to buy one! :)

  5. Jon

    Sep 30, 2013 at 6:23 am

    if you like the content of that post, you might like the VENUS PROJECT as well. it’s about a resource based economy where you have libaries of stuff and not only for books. drills, guitars and video cameras are only few of the stuff we might use for few minutes in a year and few houndred ppl might share in comfort, having access to the best equip exist in the cheapest way (not only moneywise). sorry for the spelling, i’m not a native english speaker :)

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