Power tools are expensive, so if you think ahead and plan to care for these tools, you can make them last for a long time. Below are a couple simple steps you can take to protect your investment in tools.
1. Use Sharp Blades
People tend to use a blade for a little while, then toss it on the shelf until next time. Then they pick it up and use it again, just repeating the process. We all do this, and it is truly a bad habit. Using a dull blade not only produces bad work, it causes extra wear and tear on your power tools. Most blades can be easily sharpened at your local hardware store, just make sure you shop around first. Find out if it is cheaper or makes more sense to sharpen your blade or buy a new blade. Either way, always make sure your blade is sharp.
2. Use the Right Blade
Using the right blade for the project is crucial. If you are cutting plywood, use the right blade. Trying to cut oak using a steel blade will cause more heat on your tool than it should. This can be prevented by using the proper blade, such as a Carbon tip blade which cuts through harder wood better.
3. Use the Right Tool for the Project
Using the wrong tool for the project can eat away at your tools. I am not talking about using a drill to cut a 2×4. I am talking about trying to use a cordless trim saw to cut through sheet after sheet of 1″ plywood. Think about what type of project you are doing and what tool would be best for the job. If you are going to be using a tool for most of the day on a constant basis, try using a corded power tool. Using a cordless causes a lot of heat build up on the batteries and this is the number one reason batteries fail. Just remember to use the right tool for the right project.
4. Keep up with the Maintenance
Every power tool comes with an owners manual or at least it should. Take two minutes to see what the manufacturer recommended for service for the power tool. Some don’t require much at all, so it is worth the time to figure this out and stay up to date with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
5. Clean the Power Tool when you are Done
This is very important. Most of us forget about this, but cleaning your power tool after you are finished for the day can add a longer life. If you even do something as simple as using your compressor to blow the dust out of your motor, the next time you use the power tool, it will run that much cooler because it can now breath and dissipate heat better.
6. Keep in a Dry Place
Always store your power tools in a cool dry place. Moisture can cause havoc on your motors and other metal parts. Sometimes we have limited options as to where we can store our tools, so try to put a dehumidifier in the area to help take some of the moisture away.
Using these six simple steps can help add years to the life of your power tools.