Tools are valuable investments to any workshop and it is only normal that we do our best to extend its use to get the value of our money that we put on it. Learning how to take care of our tools is very important to make sure out tools are in top shape and on theirs best condition ready for the most demanding of task. Also, taking care of your tools will minimize the chances of hazards occurring in your workplace.
Compared to other tools, motor tools and power tools are more delicate to handle and moreover, to maintain. Though it may seem that these kinds of tools like Milwaukee M18 are built for heavy duties, it has moving, interchangeable parts, buttons, and wirings that need extra attention. The following are tips that can help you in taking care of your highly-valued power tools:
Develop a cleaning routine before and after using your power tools. Carefully check if there are exposed wirings and if the moving parts aren’t stiff. It is also advisable to wipe off or vacuum any dust. Check for any loose crews, cracks, or chips. Test if the motor brakes are properly working.
Make sure to use the tools for the task it is intended for. This might go without saying, but sometimes the reason for tools to get broken is because they have been used for tasks that they are not designed for.
Schedule a monthly inspection of your power tools. Or it can be as frequent as necessary. Lubricate the parts that touch other metals. Look for any cracks in the motor housing.
Keep your workplace tidy. Since power tools are bulkier than usual tools, they eat up a lot of space. There are also wirings that may be scattered all over the place. Keeping your workplace neat will prevent damages on the tools and to yourself.
Proper storage. It is ideal to store the power tools in the case that it came with. In case that the container has been damaged, store your power tools on storage drawers away from moisture or any animals that might feed on the wirings. This will not just protect them from corroding but it will keep them organized especially those power tools with small interchangeable bits.
Battery maintenance. Batteries need proper handling. Wireless power tools like the Milwaukee M18 that comes with rechargeable batteries to allow you to reach places where wired power tools can be disadvantageous. To take care of them, don’t let the batteries sit unused for long periods of time. Store the batteries away from direct heat.
Check the manual for additional cleaning instructions. Different power tools may differ from each other. It is important to check the power tool manual to check for other instructions to maintain your power tools.
So prevent yourself for getting injured while keeping your workshop productive by carefully maintaining your power tools. Follow these simple tips and we can guarantee you that your power tools will be functional for a long period of time.