How To Take Care of Your Tools

We all have that one power tool that has a special place in our hearts. It might be an antique tool handed down to us from generations past, or maybe it’s just a drill that has been with you through thick and thin. Either way, take care of your tools if you want them to last and do the job. Here’s a quick guide to making sure you are taking care of them properly.

Power-Tool Care

With each use of a tool:

  • Brush, vacuum, or wipe off dust
  • Inspect power cords for nicks; replace cords with frayed jackets or exposed wires
  • Check that all moving parts work smoothly
  • Tighten any loose screws or bolts
  • Test a circular saw’s blade brake; it should stop the blade when you release the trigger

Each year:

  • Look for cracks in motor housing; don’t use a tool with cracks larger than a hairline
  • Lubricate parts where metal rubs on metal
  • File any nicks in the shoe plates of jigsaws and circular saws
  • Follow the instruction in each tool’s manual for specific maintenance procedures