If you take good care of your tools they, in return, will take good care of you. Correct care and maintenance of power tools makes any home improvement or professional project much easier, safer and successful. Proper tool care can also save you plenty of money, the better they’re cared for your tools are, the longer they’ll last without failure. Because of their mechanical and electrical parts, power tools are more susceptible to problems caused by poor maintenance, dust and debris accumulation and general malfunction. The following are some helpful tips on how to clean and properly store your tools.
Use Them Properly
Each tool is designed for a specific job or set of jobs, so only using them for their intended purpose helps them to stay in top condition and have a longer life. Excessive pressure on the tool front nose often distorts the front casting and can wear out the bearings. For example, an electric drill motor is designed for use with drill bits. It will not provide the correct speed or torque for mounted points or carbide burrs. Likewise, it is also important to make sure you are using the right bit for the material you are working with.
Store Them Safely
Your power tools should be stored in a cool, dry and clean place. If you store your power tools in a damp environment, it can cause a range of issues with the electrical components with in the tool. This can lead to your tool to stop working completely or cause serious safety hazards. To keep your tools safe from dust, moisture and other unavoidable conditions, it's important to store them safely after each and every use.
The best place place to store tools is in the original carry cases they came with, but this of course isn't always possible. Not all tools will come with a carry case, and if you're quite the tool fanatic you may find that keeping each tool in a separate case simply isn't feasible with out taking over every inch of your home. The next best solution is to keep them in a tool chest or cabinet. Ideally located in a garage or basement to ensure a more controlled climate. To find the perfect place to store your tools read our tool chest buyers guide.
Don't Let them Stay Dirty
Drilling/sawing through surfaces is likely to always to be a messy job as the tool in hand grinds through the material. Going through wood, drywall, and concrete etc, can leave your work space and therefore tool quite dusty. The dust particles from drywall for instance, can easily work their way into the motor events of the drill and overtime, the vents can become clogged, causing the engine to overheat and eventually burnout.
Blowing the dust out of these vents is the only way to ensure that the motor can breathe properly. It's a vital step to keep the tool running smoothly. If you have an air compressor you can use a blow tool, this is the best practise, however an air duster or compressed air canister will also work acceptably.
It's likely you will use your tools for an outdoor project at some point. Grass and dirt can easily find their way into the casing when left on the ground which can significantly damage your machine. Wet blades of grass can easily transfer water through the motor vents, potentially causing a short in the tool or even electrocution. Cleaning your tools can seem a big task after completing a tedious work, but a little effort can go a long way in keeping your power tool in a great form. Wipe it with a clean and soft cloth after every use. You must have a cleaning routine, especially if you do not use it for a long time. It will help in keeping it clean and increase its durability. A occasional deep cleaning is recommended using a damp cloth. You may also use an air compressor to blow air at the hard to reach crevices to blow away all the deposited dust and dirt.
Sharpen Bits and Blades
The machine's power is only as good as the bit’s ability to penetrate a surface By using old and work out drill bits and blades you cause your power tool to have to work much harder, to achieve sub par results. This causes stress on the motor causing the tool to over heat or become damaged. If you have the know how you can sharpen your bits and blades, however if you don't know how to do this instead, you can simply replace the worn parts with manufacturer recommended replacements.
Regularly Check Batteries
Cordless, battery-powered tools are convenient and portable and have become very popular for contractors and homeowners alike. To keep them running efficiently and effectively, it is essential for their batteries to be maintained. Batteries remain working at peak level by fully charging and then fully discharging their power once every couple of weeks. Don’t let batteries sit unused for extended periods of time. Try to use batteries once every two weeks. Care for batteries by cleaning contacts with cotton swabs and alcohol. Store batteries you won’t be using for a while in a dry, clean place away from excessive heat.