12 Maintenance Tips to Long Lasting Power Tools
Last week, my neighbor bought a power tool. I saw it and I was happy about it until it’s got spoiled after one month that was very bad. Well, I knew he was doing it wrong, he didn’t maintain it. But I always like to mind my business. However, I couldn’t take it any longer when he bought another one so I approached him and taught him good maintenance tips. Well since then he’s been using his power tool for about let’s say one to three years now and the machine is still revving fine.
In this article, we will see practical tips that will extend the life of your new tools and keep them in shape. For ease of reference, I wrote this article is segments as:
- Immediately after purchase
- Cleaning and Maintenance
- Usage of power tool
- Safety in the use of power tools
Now let’s take the tips one after the other.
Immediately After Purchase
Whatever power tool you buy, you never plan to lose it in a matter of months. Hence, you must make sure that you maintain it right after you buy it. These are practical tips to help you maintain your power tool right from day one.
- use the warranty
- give your tool a home
- keep the manual
Tip #1 – Use the warranty
One of the first things you must do about your new tool is to ensure that it is covered by a warranty. Most times, when you buy either online or offline at a store, the sellers will issue you a warranty card. Make sure you fill this card. Filling and securing this warranty card will help when the motor burns out suddenly or when something bad happens within a year or the warranty period.
Tip #2 – Keep Your Tool In A Home
If you get a pet, you always have a home for it even before you get it to your house. You should do the same as regards your new power tool. Make sure it has its own home, a place where it is kept safe when not in use. It could be a shelf, a hanging tool rack, your toolbox, drawer, or a cabinet in your workshop. Wherever you make the home of your new baby, you must keep the place free of dust and all kind of dirt. If your tool is found dirty, make sure to clean and dust it regularly.
Tip #3 – Keep The Manual
The first thing most people lose after losing the packaging of their power tool is the user instruction manual. Please keep this book because it is your ticket to prolong the life of your new power tool.
If you follow these tips, when you buy your tool, you are on your way to making it last.
Cleaning and Maintenance
In the above segment, we have seen how important cleaning your tool is in prolonging its life span. If you want to learn how to clean your tools safely, make sure to read the manual that came with your power tools. Each tool is built differently and thus will have different patterns for cleaning. Here are a few tips that can help get the best out of cleaning your power tool:
- clean your tool after every use
- make sure your tool is well lubricated
- test before and after use for any wear
- always replace worn parts
Tip #1 – Clean after each use
Whenever you use your power tool, it accumulates dirt and dust. The accumulation of these can cause permanent damage to your power tool. Therefore, don’t hesitate to clean your tool after every operation. Keep rags around so that you can be able to find them whenever you finish operating the power tool.
Make sure that the rags are preferably microfiber cloths. Clean the air vents of the tool with a small paintbrush. Paintbrushes will help remove all the dust and small particles that collect around those areas. Do not make the cloth too wet, or moist. Never keep the power tool in a moist place. If there are stubborn stains on the casing, use alcohol to remove them. If you do not have alcohol, slightly dampen the cloth with water.
Tools that have external moving parts need maintenance to keep the components running smoothly. A drill press, for example, needs grease on some parts to keep the table sliding smoothly.
Tip #2 – Lubricate
In your manual, the manufacturers of your power tool direct you as to what part of your machine needs grease and what part needs oil. They will also relate how often you have to lubricate these parts. If you keep lubricating your power tool, you will find that it will not wear out in a long while.
Tip #3 – Check Tool For Wear
Make sure to check the parts of your tool. Check even the insignificant parts like the power switch and the power cord. You can use a multimeter or a tester. You should also take note of any changes in the sound of your machine.
Tip #4 – Replace Worn Out Parts
Never ever procrastinate the replacement of any worn parts of your machine. If you leave a worn part of the machine there, it will wear out other parts too prematurely. That could mean the destruction of your power tool.
Proper Usage of Power Tool
How can you use your tools in a way that would make them last longer? Your manual is a safe bet for leaning a new thing or two. Yet, here are some sweet tips that you may not find there or anywhere:
- use each tool for designated purposes only
- avoid overworking your tool
- handle tools with care
- never allow anyone without technical know-how handle tool
Tip #1 – Designated Purposes Only
Never use a tool for a job that it was not designed for. Using one power tool to serve the purpose of another will wear it out faster and possibly damage it.
Tip #2 – Avoid Overworking the tool
Do not overwork your power tool. Each tool has its own limit. You can understand more about the limit of your power tool on your manual. If you go beyond the usage limit, you will wear your tool out faster.
Tip #3 – Handle Tools With Care
Use your tools gently. Don’t drop your power tool. If you use a corded tool, make sure that you regulate the voltage before you plug it in. If it is cordless, you must make sure the battery is fully charged, but not overcharged. Make sure to let the battery cool down whenever you notice that your tool feels too hot. If you don’t take care of your tools, they will spoil while you are yet working.
Tip #4 – Keep Out of Reach of Non-Professionals
Make sure that any person who would use or handle your power tools has a level of know-how. They must be able to operate the machine safely. Trial and error might destroy your power tool.
Safety in The Use of Power Tools
Safe operation is a necessity in the use of any tool, especially if they are mechanical or electrical. Your power tools need to be used in safe conditions. Here are tips that will help you stay safe:
- Always make sure to use power tools in dry conditions to avoid electrocution.
- Never wet your hands or the power tools or risk being shocked.
- Do not use a faulty power tool or you may have an explosion, or worse still, total breakdown.
- Check the tool carefully before any operation to ensure the safety of both the operator and the tool.
- Always keep a first aid kit nearby because we never can tell.
Generally, anyone can keep power tools in great working condition. No matter what tools you have, every tool needs care and attention. The primary cause of so many problems people have with their tools is neglect. Therefore, never neglect your power tools.