Power Tool Maintenance
No matter how durable or how effective our power tool is, it needs maintenance. It requires certain level of treatment for it to keep its functionality. By recollecting the following maintenance practices, you will certainly increase the lifespan of your power tool and make it perform better. Here are power tool maintenance rules you can apply for your power tool to maintain its longevity.
- Keep it clean, dry and temperate
- Prevent your tool from getting wet and avoid exposing it to too much heat. In order to protect your power tool from quick wear, corrosion and some other damaging, make sure you store and move it cautiously away from moisture, cold, heat and danger.
- Wipe the tool after use. In various forms, grease and sludge could bog down your power tool. Therefore, wipe it thoroughly after each use and clean the inside periodically. Break it down and wipe each components for better performance thereby increase its longevity. As you are wiping it, examine the fasteners that fix it together. Make sure you tighten anything that is loose when you are cleaning it.
- Get rid of debris and dust by using some kinds of canned or compressed air to blow the vulnerable areas of your tool out most especially the vents, chuck, trigger and so on. If you did not check it, debris could hide on it and clog-up your tools. Therefore, keep your tool clear of debris and keep the motor running smooth to allow freely movement of the parts.
- Ensure the bits and blades are very clean and sharp
To make sure your power tool is safe for better results and healthier tool, try to keep your bits and blades wiped clean always and sharpen it or better still; change them if dull. Every dull accessory delivers substandard performance and can fudge a project when compared to clean and sharp accessory.
- Lubricate your air tool
Lack of oil in your air tool breaks the components. Therefore, apply oil properly and make sure the moving parts can move without any excess friction. Do not over-oil to avoid sludge in the tool which can slow down the performance. Just a drop of every three thousand shots is enough but make sure you follow the instruction of your tool manual.
- Ensure Proper care for your power cords and air hoses
Use your power cords and hoses with care and make sure you store them properly and always. Check the cords as you coil or uncoil them to make sure that there is no break or damage in it. Avoid using damage power cord. When you did not coil and store your cord very well, it could be susceptible to damage and prone to cause damage to you and any other person in your environment.
- Make sure your compressor is oiled and drained properly. Ensure the refilling of your compressor with oil and check the level of oil according to usage to ensure the smooth running of your machine. Drain the tank of your compressor after use and if you did not drain, it could rust and damage the tool.
- Change the parts whenever it needs replacement.
- Always check your manual for reference purpose.