We use power tools to make our daily chores easier, be it building your own furniture from scratch or fixing a broken hinge. We rely on power tools to cut down on the amount of effort we have to put into the work. We use screw guns instead of screwdrivers, just so we don’t have to manually push and screw the nail in. There are several other cool new tools that you can replace your old ones with. However, just buying the right tools is not enough.
Having the right tool is important but pointless it if does not work properly. Power tools require more, if not the same amount of care and maintenance so they can function to their best and provide the best results for you. Unmaintained power tools are not only less efficient, but also a safety hazard. If a tool is meant to make your job easier, but is instead making it harder you are going to get frustrated sooner. Despite knowing that it was you who should have taken better care of it.
Having said that, here are a few tips on taking care of your cool new tools.
Keeping The Motor Clean
The motor is what powers the power tool. It is vital to make sure that the motor is always hydrated, calibrated and serviced. A faulty motor could not only damage the machine entirely, but also pose as a threat to the user of the machine.
Keeping Them Sharp
After the motor come the blades. We use power tools to make high intensity jobs like cutting tiles and wood easier on ourselves. The motor powers the tool, but it is the blade that does the job on the surface. If you don’t already own tool sharpeners this would be the right time to invest in them.
They help in the maintenance of the blade on the equipment. Ensure you get the right kind of sharpeners for the right kinds of blades.
Blade sharpening tools vary depending on the type of tool, the power, speed and force that the tool consumes and elicits. The simple logic being, a tool that uses a lot of power would ideally have a thicker blade that can withstand the material it is bid against. The thickness of the blade determines the type of sharpener the blade requires.
A chainsaw for example is used to cut thick and strong materials, like tree trunks. You can cut down an entire tree with just one chainsaw. It has a set of teeth attached to a rotating chain that runs along a guide bar - which indicates that chainsaw sharpening tools would need to facilitate the sharpening of the bar as well as the teeth.
On the other hand, a drill despite being a power tool is not as powerful as a chainsaw. A drill is used for boring holes in various materials or fastening various materials together with the use of fasteners. In hindsight, a drill sharpening tool may not be as complex as a chainsaw sharpening tool, nonetheless just as useful.
Checking The Cords For Damage
Then come the cords. Given that power tools emit a lot of power, the cords tend to often burn out or start ripping. In such cases it is advised to get the cord replaced every few months to avoid any accidents in the future.
Tighten the Bolts
Yes, even power tools are built using other power tools. They too are joined using screws and nails. Time and again, these screws and bolts need to be tightened to avoid the machine from falling apart.
To prevent the tools from rusting, it is vital to dust them after every use. Most would say, brush, vacuum and dust your tools after every use - but that may apply more to the extreme users who may be building their own furniture. For the daily small fixing jobs, just dusting the tool should be enough.
Ensure you store the tools away from children in a dry place (moisture will result in faster decay) and preferably protected from direct sunlight.
For more information on power tools, their uses and maintenance check out the DIY section of the blog.