Power tools aren’t cheap, and there’s nothing worse than spending a fortune on a new drill only to have it break a year later. Unless you’re an avid carpenter, the average person will use their power tools sparingly, probably only a few times a year or even less. To ensure that you don’t waste your investment or risk your safety, you should regularly take some precautions to keep your tools in top condition.
Another important reason for regular maintenance is to maintain your own safety. A rusty blade or broken gear can seriously injure you or a loved one. Never switch on a power tool if you think it is damaged.
To prevent problems, it is important to keep the tools in a clean, dry place away from dust and moisture. Dirt can get stuck in mechanisms, slowing them down or stopping them altogether. Too much moisture can cause rust, which can easily destroy a power tool. This is especially true if they are battery operated. Batteries should be checked frequently for leaks and replaced according to factory specifications. Electrical cords and plugs should also be checked for damage before use.
Lubricating power tools is also an important part of regular maintenance. This helps keep the movement clean and can also prevent rusting. Lubrication keeps your equipment running smoothly and should be done often. It is inexpensive to purchase and can add years to the life of your power tools.
Larger tools require more careful maintenance. Filters should be checked and changed frequently, as well as oiled, dusted and tested between uses. Bolts, hoses and other small parts must be tightened. Tools like table saws require alignment and balancing from time to time to make sure they are working properly. The blades will also need to be replaced periodically. If you do not know how to perform the required maintenance, consult a professional. Never attempt to clean or repair a machine without experience and knowledge. Not only can you potentially damage the tool, but you can also seriously injure yourself in the process.
If an object becomes jammed in the power tool or the mechanisms fail, make sure the machine is completely turned off before disassembly. Always follow all given instructions for disassembly and reassembly of any piece of equipment. Do not add or change any parts without consulting the manufacturer.
The most important part of power tool maintenance is safety. Keep all instruction booklets that come with power tools. They will be invaluable if you run into problems or if you rarely use the tool. If you do not know how to solve the problem, call the manufacturer or consult a professional. Make sure your tools are also in good condition before lending them to a friend. You don’t want to be responsible for the consequences of using a faulty tool. Performing a little maintenance will keep your power tools running smoothly for years to come.