Power tools and other machines are designed for long life, but each requires some care and maintenance to meet its life expectancy. Properly storing power tools, performing maintenance as needed, and replacing machine parts will extend a tool's life to its full potential and deliver more value to its owner.
We offer some general tips and guidelines below for extending the life of any machine or power tool.
Our three guidelines for tool storage are:
1. Store tools in an area protected from the elements (like moisture).
2. Store tools in a clean and organized space.
3. Store tools in a well-ventilated area.
These suggestions almost go without saying.
Keeping tools out of the elements protects them from damage and wear. A clean and organized storage space will promote safety, and keeping tools well-ventilated will help them run smoothly when it's time to pull them out of storage.
It might take a little extra time to put everything back in place at the end of the day or completion of a project, but storing tools the right way will always be worth the effort.
Care and Maintenance
Before being stored, most power tools can use a little cleaning and a couple of quick checks for damage or other problems. Here's some maintenance tips for keeping those tools in good shape:
- If available, use an air compressor to clean out power tool vents. A little air will go a long way. When a machine or tool can breathe more, it will run cooler and wear more slowly.
- Lubricate power tool parts that need to be lubricated. Following instructions in the tool's user manual will help here.
- Check the parts that hold a tool together, screws, and other fasteners. Tighten up anything that might have been shaken loose during operation.
- Electrical cords should be checked with each use of a power tool. A bad power cord can be dangerous and should be replaced before the tool is used again.
- Keep blades and other cutting accessories sharp. Check bits and other accessories for wear and damage.
- Follow any other maintenance guidelines for a tool or machine explained in its user manual.
Like cars and other machinery, many power tool parts are designed for wear and replacement. The expected service life of a power tool takes the replacement of certain parts into account.
Some examples of parts that commonly need to be replaced on power tools are: carbon brushes, switch assemblies, power cords, accessories, bearings, and tires. Performing the checks and maintenance suggested in the section above is important for catching tool performance issues right when they start acting up.
Making tool repairs at the first sign of performance trouble can prevent damage to other parts of a machine or tool.
Remember, if you have any questions, or need repairs or parts, give us a call or shoot us a email. We are happy to help you with all your power and air tool needs.