Quality power tools are an investment, and, like any investment, they need to be maintained and looked after if you want a return on your investment. Proper care and maintenance of your tools will save you time and money in the long run.
Good tool maintenance will make your future home improvement jobs easier to finish. Additionally, it will make your projects less of a headache and will save you needless trips to the hardware store.
To maximize the life of your tools, follow these maintenance tips:
Store Your Tools in a Cool, Dry Place
Tool storage is without a doubt the most important aspect of tool maintenance. It is important to store your tools in a place where water or moisture will not rust or corrode your tools. Moreover, excessive heat or cold can damage components of electronic tools, such as cordless drills or impact drivers.
Consider investing in wall-mounted tool storage or a tool chest for your garage or workshop. This will ensure that your tools remain in out of the elements.
Proper tool storage is especially important for power tools, which are more prone to failure when exposed to dust, debris, and moisture. When putting power tools away, keep them tucked away in storage, not out in the open, to prevent exposure to the elements.
Keep Your Batteries Safe
Whether you have 18 or 24 Volt batteries for power tools or AAs for your laser level, you should remove the batteries and store them in a cool, dry place after you are finished using your tools.
Moisture and extreme temperatures can cause batteries to corrode and become unusable. If your batteries corrode inside your tools, not only will you have to get a new battery, you will also very likely have to replace your entire tool.
By removing the batteries after use, you are insuring against such damage. Keeping your batteries stored separately is not just good for your tools, but it is good for your safety.
Wipe down Your Tools after Use
After using them, wipe down your tools to prevent the accumulation of dirt and debris, especially on tools with moving parts.
You should also occasionally add lubricant, according to your manufacturer’s guidelines, to moving parts to keep your tools in tip-top shape.
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