8 Maintenance Tips for Long-Lasting Power Tools
1. Cool Down Heated Tools
- The more you overwork your tool, the faster it will heat up. This mostly happens when working through hard materials like concrete or wood that require a lot of power to get through them smoothly and efficiently. The heat from your tool can cause over heating if you don’t stop using it often enough. This will wear out the motor and melt some of its parts, so make sure to take a break when necessary or let things cool down before going back at this again!
2. Clean Regularly
- Your power tools are a valuable asset to your business. It’s important that they stay in top condition, so be sure you take care of them when it comes time! At the end of every shift and before storing away for an evening (or weekend), wipe off all dirt from outside casing with cloth; use compressed air if vents need cleaning too – don’t forget about those hard-to-reach places near brushless motors where dust likes hideout.
- Lubrication is a must for power tools. Check your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure that you are using the right kind of lube on each different model, or else it can cause damage!
4. Use the Correct Bits & Blades
- Using the wrong bit can cause extra stress on your power tool, which could damage parts or overheat with all this work. Likewise make sure you are using an appropriate size for whatever material that needs cutting. Bits wear out quickly when not being used often enough- they become duller faster than other tools in similar conditions due to lack of use.
- Power tools are precision instruments, and their operation requires a lot of careful timing. The tool maintenance schedule in your user’s manual will outline when you should have them calibrated – usually after they’ve been used for certain amounts of time (the number varies depending on which type).
6. Tool Storage
- Store your power tools in a dry place to avoid problems with the electrical components and corrosion. It’s also important to put your tools in a tool box or cabinet when not using it so that there is no excess dust getting into the tools through the vents when not in use.
7. Replace Worn Parts
- As your tool gets used, some parts will eventually need to be replaced. One of the most common replacements is the tool’s carbon brushes, which are responsible for conducting electricity through the motor. If your tool has a drive belt, like in a belt sander or some power saws, monitor it for wear and replace worn drive belts before they snap. Power cords and switch assemblies are also parts that tend to become damaged over time and are known for needing replacements.
8. Battery Care
- Too much heat can be disastrous to your battery. Be sure you store it in an area with proper climate control, and avoid leaving the tool where temperatures may spike unexpectedly!
Implementing a daily maintenance routine will give you the most out of your power tools and prevent problems before they start. Making sure that dirt doesn’t stick around, as well as oiling certain parts weekly can help keep things running smoothly!