Need to use something just for a few hours, maybe just a day?
There's a new website that's sort of an online bulletin board for renters.
Instead of buying a hedge trimmer, camera or shop vacuum users can rent it from a neighbor.
The idea behind Zilok.com is that people can make money off all the stuff around their house that they rarely use. The trick is that they are renting it out to people who live nearby.
You can basically make dough off your neighbors.
The benefits to the site are that there's no shipping and you get to meet the person lending you the item face-to-face.