Powertools are a significant investment for most people, and you want to make sure that they last. Capital Machinery has compiled these simple tips to extend the life of power tools including:
Following these tips will help them to perform smoothly for years to come. Remember to always wear gloves and correct PPE when handling powertools of any kind, and for safety reasons, always unplug machines when cleaning them.
1.) Read the instructions
Different power tools have different maintenance instructions, so always read the manual. These usually have troubleshooting tips if something is going wrong.
2.) Keep Them Dry
Rust is caused by moisture. This damages the exterior parts of tools, and can stop the electrical components from working. As a rule of thumb, try not to get your powertools wet. If they do get wet, be sure to dry the off carefully with a towel.
3.) Regularly check for dust
Regularly check power tools for dust buildup. Dust, metal and wood particles build up over time in power tools, and have a negative effect on performance. Remove dust with a dry cloth, and always keep a can of compressed air handy to blow dust out of stubborn, hard to reach areas.
4.) Coil Your Cords
Coil electrical cords after use. This helps prolong their life, and prevent hazards like electric shock. Use the under/ over method (see video).
5.) Keep the Blade Sharp
If your powertool has a blade, keep the blade sharp. Blunt blades can damage machinery by causing it to work harder, and also present a safety hazard. Replacement blades can be ordered easily from sites like machinerygenie.com
6.) Put Them Away After Use
Proper storage of powertools is crucial to prolonging their shelf life. Always store tools in a cool, dry place away from moisture.
7.) Perform a deep clean once a year
It doesn’t matter how well power tools are looked after, eventually, there will be stubborn dust or particles that get inside the chassis. You might be able to get some of it out with canned air, but for peace of mind it is essential to do a full deep clean of the power tools.
- Heavy Duty Working Gloves
- Compressed Air – Canned
- Cleaning Rags
- Hot Water
- Commercial Cleaner (Pine-Sol, Spic ‘n Span etc.)
- Steel Wool
- An old toothbrush or a small brush
- Old dry towels that you don’t mind getting grease on.
Read and understand the manufacturer’s instructions for proper cleaning and maintenance. Follow any specific instructions carefully.
These instructions should be undertaken by with at least a basic understanding of how machinery works. You are responsible for your safety. Be cautious of any blades or sharp edges, electrical equipment and machinery.
If you do not feel competent undertaking a deep clean yourself, get a professional to do it.
NEVER place or submerge your power tool in water. Especially when cleaning.
NEVER try to clean a power tool when it is plugged in or operational. Doing so may result in electrocution which will cause serious injury or even death.
Do not oil power tools unless stated by the manufacturer.
Put on the gloves – this will help you to avoid nasty cuts. Be especially careful around blades and exposed metal.
1.) Read and understand the manufacturer’s instructions for proper cleaning and maintenance. Follow any specific instructions carefully.
2.) Ensure the power cord is disconnected.
3.) When cleaning chainsaws, jigsaws etc, use a can of compressed air to remove any sawdust from the blade.
4.) Fill the bucket with hot water and the required amount of cleaning product (see product for instructions).
5.) Wet the cleaning rag in this solution and squeeze thoroughly to avoid adding too much moisture. Avoid getting any electrical components (motor casing, power cables etc.) wet, as this can cause damage to the machine or electrocution.
6.) Dry the tool thoroughly with an old towel.
7.) Use the toothbrush to clean dust and grime from any switches, toggles etc.
8.) Use a dry towel to wipe down the power cord. Check carefully for any cuts, scratches or damage. Damaged cords must be replaced before operating the power tool again.
9.) For exposed metal parts of the tool, be sure to check for rust. Rust can be removed by rubbing it with steel wool.