Spring Clean Your Power Tools As Well As Your Home

Giving your power tools a good clean every year can help them to continue to serve you well, and prolong their life. Considering how expensive good power tools are, it should be considered a great investment to spend a few hours each year working on them to get them running nice and smoothly, so that you are unlikely to have to replace them. Here is a rundown of some essential jobs that should be carried out periodically on a range of power tools.

Deal with the dust
Items used within a workshop, especially sanders, saws and drills are likely to almost be magnets for dust. This is going to be the case unless you have spent a fortune on vacuum collection systems for all of your tools. Using a small vacuum cleaner, remove any dust that you can see from your tools, and then utilise compressed air to blow out the rest from the harder to reach places.

Clean off any rust
When dealing with any rust in your workshop, you should aim to remove it from any metal items within the space. Items such as metal tables, as well as your tools will benefit from being rust free, so giving them a once over is important. The rust should be removed with wire wool or a stiff brush. A degreaser is a good way to get rid of additional gunk, whilst a good coating of corrosion protector can help stop the problem returning. As ever, follow the instructions on the product when using things like lubricants and corrosion protector.

Inspect the moving parts
With your tools unplugged, work through all of the moving parts such as gears, belts and pulleys and make sure all move freely as they should. The connectors should be fastened sturdily, and movements should be straight and true. You should listen for any issues when working on your tools, using lubricant to smooth out any problems with movement. An allen key is useful to adjust any bolts that are loose, and check out your power cables to make sure all are intact.

Look at blades and belts
At this point in the year, it is probably worthwhile to think about the age and condition of your sanding belt or saw blade, and replacing it. Similarly, any items such as planer blades which could be sharpened can be dealt with at the same time.

Check everything is level
Making sure that items such as your saw and sander are still aligned to the right angles is vital at this stage, especially if you have been taking things to pieces and working on various parts. Use a machinists square to see everything is as it should be, and make the small adjustments necessary.

Check and re-check
After you have cleaned and adjusted everything, it is vital to double check that everything is put together correctly. Plug in and check that the tool works properly, and then get on with some DIY!

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