Competitive Choice’s Maintenance Guide to Caring for Your Power Tools

Competitive Choice’s Maintenance Guide to Caring for Your Power Tools

Power tools are a major investment that require proper care and maintenance. Many businesses rely on their power tools to perform their daily operations and when these tools require repair or replacement, costly downtime can occur. Damaged or malfunctioning tools also pose a safety hazard to employees. With proper care, power tools can have a relatively long lifespan. Learn more about how to care for power tools with these simple maintenance tips.

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Store Your Tools in a Dry Place

While tools are best kept in a location that never gets too hot or cold, this is not always feasible. The biggest problem that power tools encounter is humidity which can cause damage to the metal components. Ideally, you want to store your power tools in their original cases. However, it can be a nuisance to take them in and out, especially if they are used frequently throughout the day. To prevent damage, store them in a dry location and place moisture absorbents nearby.

Charge and Keep Batteries at Room Temperature

Cordless power tools rely on batteries to keep them going. Unfortunately, the life expectancy of lithium-ion batteries can diminish quickly when left in the heat. Always charge and store the batteries for your power tools at room temperature to prolong their lifespan.

Keep Your Tools Free of Debris

While it may not make sense to clean your power tools, doing so can actually reduce the risk of damage. Power tools can accumulate dirt, dust, and grime throughout the day. Although you don’t need to give your power tools an in-depth cleaning each day, it is a good idea to wipe them down and gently shake out any debris from the vents. You can also use a vacuum to help remove any dirt and dust.

Follow a Maintenance Schedule

While some basic power tools can get by with little to no maintenance, more complex tools will require regular maintenance. For example, measurement equipment and some 2-cycle and 4-cycle products will usually require routine maintenance. Put reminders of when a particular piece of equipment requires maintenance on your calendar so that it’s not overlooked. Preventative maintenance can save businesses a significant amount of money over time.

Allow Tools Time to Cool Down

Power tools can start to overheat when they are used for a prolonged period of time or when working with difficult materials, such as sawing hard wood or drilling into concrete. When you start to notice that your power tool is overheating, turn it off and allow it time to cool off before starting again. This can help prevent the motor and other components from burning out.

Replace Worn Parts

While power tools are made to last, some components can wear down over time, especially with daily use. It is inevitable that some parts of the tools may need to be replaced. Some of the most common parts replaced in power tools include carbon brushes which help conduct electricity through the motor. Tools with drive belts may also require replacement if they wear down or snap. Even power cords and switch assemblies may require a replacement if they become damaged over time.

Lubricate Moving Parts

Power tools have various moving parts, some you can see and others located inside the tool. To keep these parts moving smoothly, it is essential to lubricate them on occasion. You will want to pay extra attention to areas where metal connects with metal as this can cause too much friction where there is not enough lubrication, resulting in damage. Follow the instructions in the owner’s manual to learn how to properly lubricate the tool.

Maintaining Your Power Tools

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