Choosing your power tools is one, purchasing them is another. However, maintaining them is an entirely different thing and a very important one to boot. Power tools, as they are named, perform high intensity and frequent tasks that can damage them if left without proper care. They tend to dull, slow down and if you’re unlucky, damage your projects and/or injure you.
So, it’s best to know how to clean your power tools to maintain their “power.”
Important Tips on How to Clean Your Power Tools
- Get rid of the dust
Yes, this might be an obvious, if not redundant tip, but it’s still one that is often underestimated or forgotten. Sweep, vacuum or brush off the dust off your tools from your projects and avoid the dust build-up that can slow down and damage your power tools’ engine and if you’ve spent hundreds of dollars on one, you wouldn’t want that would you?
- Grease your power tools
There are places that vacuuming can’t reach. This means that dust and other particles remain stuck inside your tool. To avoid this, it’s best to whip out your heavy duty cleaner and degreaser. To get through the small nooks and crannies, you can use an old toothbrush to reach them. Make sure to take your time and get to those corners!
- Clean contacts for motors
Note that the previous two tips are for surface cleaning only. Surface cleaning, as the name suggests is just on the surface. It doesn’t touch the power tools’ machinery, or in short, the very part that helps it run.
Most small power tools have two “brushes” that conduct electricity to the motor’s armature. Due to time and usage, these brushes tend to dull and become worn away. Have it replaced from time to time and if you’re cleaning your tools’ motor, wipe the dust away instead of blowing it away as that tends to blow the debris into other smaller parts of the moto.
- Arm yourself
People tend to forget that power tools have the power to cause grave injuries. Perhaps it’s because of using them so often that it feels natural to handle them, but, it’s still best to be reminded to wear proper equipment while cleaning your tools.
When vacuuming your tools, wear a face mask to avoid breathing in the dust particles and wear eye protectors to protect your eyes. When cleaning saws, or blades – anything that can cut- be reminded to wear suede or protective gloves. It’s one to be injured by a clean tool, it’s another to be injured by a dirty and rusty one. Nobody wants an infection, right?
- Refer to your tools’ manuals
Yes, it’s tempting to throw away those chunky manuals and get to work. However, it’s best to keep them around, or at least, read them before throwing them away! Manuals not only show you how to use your power tool, but it also shows you how to maintain it. It directs you to the parts that need to be oiled regularly or replaced every few months or so.
In conclusion, now you know how to maintain your power tools by cleaning them. Extend your power tools’ life by following these tips and get the best bang for your buck!