Power tools boost your productivity, speed up your work and simplify a lot of the tasks you perform. As good as power tools are, they’re not going to last if not taken care of. Here are some tips to keep them in tip top shape.
Read the Fine Manual:
Look up the care and maintenance section in your power tool manual. Follow the directions given there. Do not use any cleaning materials that are not recommended as it could damage the tool.
Clean Your Power Tools Regularly:
Grime and dirt can have a negative effect on power tools, slowing or even causing a complete halt. Use a rag to wipe the tool each time you use it and store in a safe, clean location.
If there is a lot of dirt, clean the tool with a damp rag. A thorough cleaning with a damp cloth is ideal every now and then.
For exhausts and other hard to reach spots, use cotton swabs or other narrow instruments. Oiling the cotton swab a bit also helps.
It is also a good idea to use an air compressor for blowing air into crevices and ventilation. This is the best method to remove dirt and dust inside tools without disassembling them. If you do disassemble the tool for cleanup purposes, make sure you don’t lose any of the pieces.
If your power tool has filters or other components that need replacement, do so on regular intervals. Follow the schedule or change it more often if you use the tool a lot.
How to Store Power tools:
If your power tool came with its own container or box, use that. Store the tool only when you have cleaned it up. Given a choice between a makeshift and original case, always go for the original case as it has been designed for the tool.
Keep the tool and its case in a tool chest or a storage drawer. It is best to keep the drawer in a basement, garage or any location where the temperature does not change much. By keeping climate fluctuation to a minimum you’ll be able to prolong the tool’s life.
Other Tips & Suggestions:
Always keep the user manual close by. If there is a problem with the tool, check the manual first for tips and troubleshooting. Keep all the manuals in drawer or in a toolbox so they’ll always be within easy reach.
Don’t forget to check your power tool for signs of damage, wear and tear. Check the cords for fraying or wire exposure. Replace the cords immediately if you see any signs of damage, even small. Do not attempt to fix the wire unless you now exactly what you are doing.
Power tools go far in terms of making your job easier, but it is just as important that you take care of the tool. Take care of your power tool and it will take care of you too.