You can really extend the useful life of your power tools by making sure you give them the regular cleaning and maintenance they need. This means not letting your power tools sit around covered by sawdust, and instead cleaning them off after they’ve been used.
Here are some tips from an equipment rental company in Monroe, LA to help you get the most out of your power tool cleaning:
- Clear the dust: As we already mentioned, it’s important to get rid of all the dust after you’ve been using a tool. Unless you’ve got an outstanding dust collection system in your shop (probably professional grade), your power tools are going to have dust in them after you use them. Use a shop vacuum to suck up all the dust you possibly can, then if there’s still dust left in the vents or in other nooks and crannies of the tools, use compressed air to clean out those spaces. Running the tool might also help to get some of the dust out and away from the moving parts. Finally, you can use a damp rag to clean off plastic parts.
- Get rid of rust: Have you noticed rust starting to form on some of your metal surfaces, such as tables, fences or other hardware? You can use steel wool or a stiff brush to lightly brush the surface and remove some of the rust. If the rust is rather stubborn, you can use a degreaser to remove it as well, and use a corrosion protector to protect the surface you’re working on.
- Replace or sharpen disposable parts: Make sure all the abrasives and blades are in good shape for whatever tool you’re using. Remove the abrasives and clean off any metal parts with mineral spirits before replacing those abrasives. You can also check your blades and bits to ensure they’re sharp and free of chips. If necessary, you can either sharpen them or replace them, as well as any belts that have been worn down.
- Check any parts that move: Take a close look at the tool while it’s unplugged (or remove the batteries, if it’s battery operated) and make sure all the moving parts can spin just fine. The fasteners on the tool should all be sufficiently sturdy, and all of its parts should be able to move freely and straight. Make any adjustments necessary if anything wobbles or is too tight.
- Make sure everything’s square: For tables, fences, bevel gauges and anything else that needs to be square, use a machinist’s square to make sure they actually are square and properly aligned at 90 degrees.
These are just a few steps you can take to clean and maintain your power tools so you can be certain they’ll work properly and stay in good shape for some years to come. For more information about cleaning dirty power tools, or to rent tools for an upcoming project, contact Ram Rent-All, Inc. or visit our equipment rental company in Monroe, LA. We look forward to assisting you soon!