When you buy a new power tool you'll want to get the most use out of it as possible, especially if it was expensive! Here are some tips about how to ensure the longest possible shelf life of your power tools.
1. Only use your power tools for jobs that they are designated. Forcing power tools to do a job they are not designed for will not only damage the tool but also be a safety hazard for you.Carefully read and understand instructions and uses for your power tool before attempting a project.
2. After use, clean and store your tool properly in a safe high place, out of reach of children. Pay special attention that all cords are safely put away. Be sure when unplugging your power tool that you pull the cord from the socket instead of pulling on the cord, which could fray and destroy the cord and power tool.
3. When using power tools that require a battery, you can prolong the battery life by rotating two or three different batteries and recharging the battery only when the power is noticeably low. Also make sure that the battery charges fully and then remove it from the charger and store it. Only charging the battery for 10-15 minutes will shorten the battery life.
4. When finished using your power tool make sure to spray the tool and all ventilation openings and switches with compressed dry air to clean off the tool. Cleaning your tool after each use will help keep it new and ready to use at all times. The best way to know how to clean and maintain your power tool is to refer to the manual that came with your power tool. This will tell you the best ways to help maintain and care for your power tool.
5. The following is a list of tools and recommended care and maintenance:
- Drills should be sharped (the drill bits) and compressed with dry air after each use.
- Power sanders need to be clean regularly with compressed air over the vents, fans and openings. The dust bag needs to be emptied often, before it over fills. The sandpaper should always be aligned correctly in order to prevent accidents.
- Drill presses and all metal areas used should be wiped down with oil to prevent rusting. Moisture-resistant sealant called paste wax can also be used in place of oil. Paste wax should also be applied to stationary surfaces that the drill presses are used on.
- Saber saws, also known as jig saws, need to remain sharp in order to work properly. If you no longer can sharper the blade enough, it is time to replace it. Compressed air should also be used to clean the vents and fans.
- Chain saws need to remain clean and clear of debris and dirt particles in order for them to work properly. Clear blocked fuel cap vents with a toothpick and clean the paper air filter regularly. It’s also important to check the carburetor to make sure it stays calibrated correctly.
- Hedge trimmers should be cleaned and oil after each use. The blades need to be kept sharp and the bearings of the motor (as well as blades) should be lubricated as necessary. Never use a hedge trimmer in damp conditions, as this is dangerous and will ruin the tool.