Now that spring is right around the corner, we thought updating PPTG’s site with some fresh tips on power tool maintenance would be appropriate. Some basic rules to keep your tools working at their best are always good to use. After use, all tools should be blown out, oiled, and wiped down. These three simple steps can keep tools working much better. Also, most of us tend to leave our tools out in unfavorable weather conditions every now and then. Try always to keep your tools in a dry and temperate place.
Power tools, and in particular screw guns, grinders, and sanders should be blown out after every use. The tool’s chuck, vent, and any openings should be the main focus. We tool users don’t realize the damage small debris can do to our tools, clogging internal mechanisms very easily. By simply blowing out the tools properly after use, many years of life can be added, along with better performance.
The most basic chore that can and should be done after every use is simply to wipe down the tool just used very thoroughly.
Also, oiling your tools is crucial to proper performance, specifically your pneumatic air tools. Try to use the one drop rule by simply using one drop of oil at the end of your gun before you start to use it. This should be repeated for every 2500-3000 nails shot. Don’t over-oil, as this can create sludgy, sloppy build-up that can make tools stick and work less efficiently.
One last tip relates to your air compressor use. Periodically top off the oil in your air compressor. The more you use it, the more you need to check the oil level and refill it. In addition, it is imperative to drain the compressor’s tank after every use. If the tank goes undrained for even a short time, it can cause rust damage to the compressor.
The fact is that it is easy to neglect simple maintenance to our tools, especially after a long hard day’s work. But by following some basic simple rules like the ones we discussed above, you will save hundreds of dollars on your arsenal of power tools!
You can also read our article about “Making a Power Tool Last”