Tool Loan

More tools than you can shake a measuring stick at.

If you’re planning a home improvement, repair or maintenance project and need the tools to get the job done, we can help. Our well-stocked inventory can help you take on landscaping, plumbing, carpentry projects and more. CHS staff can also show you how to use a tool with training and tips.

The best part? This program is FREE and open to all residents of the City of Cleveland.

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CHS staff is able to provide training on safe and proper use of tools, and guidance on home repair projects.

Eligibility and Policies:


  • Open to all City of Cleveland residents

To borrow a tool, you must sign up for the program and provide the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Two current bills: telephone bill and another utility bill
  • Two contact phone numbers
  • Proof of homeownership (if applicable)

Tool Loan Policies

  • Tools must be used in the City of Cleveland
  • Must not be used with a for-profit enterprise
  • Tools can be loaned for 1-5 days, depending on the tool
  • First come, first serve
  • Borrowers responsible for damage, lost or stolen property

Tools Available:

Lawn & Garden

  • Axe
  • Bow Saw
  • Cement Trowel
  • Garden Fork
  • Garden Hoe
  • Garden Hose (50 ft)
  • Garden Rake
  • Hedge Shears
  • Hedge Trimmer (Electric)
  • Lawn Edger (Electric or Manual)
  • Lawn Mower (Push)
  • Leaf Blower
  • Leaf Rake
  • Pole Tree Trimmers
  • Post Hole Digger
  • Pruning Shears
  • Push Brooms
  • Railroad Picks
  • Rototillers (4-hr loan)
  • Shovels and Spades
  • Sledge Hammer
  • Weed Whip (Electric)
  • Wheel Barrow

Household Tools

  • Carpet Cleaner
  • Dolly (Appliance or Hand)
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Wet & Dry Vac


  • Extension Ladder (13 ft)
  • Ladder Jack
  • Ladders (20 ft, 32 ft, 40 ft)
  • Step Ladder (3 ft, 6 ft, 8 ft)
  • Walk Board

Miscellaneous Hand Tools

  • Carpenter Spirit
  • Claw Hammer
  • Extension Cords (25 ft, 50 ft, 75 ft, 100 ft)
  • Hack Saw
  • Hand Saw
  • Level
  • Pry Bar
  • Sling Blade
  • T-Square (4ft)
  • Wood Plane (Manual)

Plumbing Tools

  • Auger
  • Drain Snake (4-hr loan)
  • Pipe Wrench
  • Sewer Snake (4-hr loan)
  • Sump Pump

Power Hand Tools

  • Belt Sander
  • Ceramic Tile Cutter
  • Circular Saw
  • Drill (Corded)
  • Drill (Cordless)
  • Jig Saw
  • Orbital Sander
  • Sawzall (Corded)
  • Sawzall (Cordless)
  • Table Saw (In-House Only)

Top 5 tools borrowed in 2023

  1. Lawn Mower
  2. Leaf Blower
  3. Weed Eater
  4. Sewer Snake
  5. Carpet Cleaner
“I am on a fixed income and couldn’t afford to hire a plumber. I was able to borrow the tools I needed free of charge from you and did the plumbing repairs myself. I don’t know what I’d do without your program.” Bob, Near West Side