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Cleaning and care tips for power tools

10 May 2013

Not many DIY homeowners know how often they should clean their power tools, as they fear damaging them in the process.

Power tools are an investment that you want to last for a long time, and it makes sense to clean and lubricate them on a regular basis to ensure they remain in good condition.

However, cleaning your tools regularly extends their life and allows you the opportunity to ensure they remain free from rust if they have metal parts and apply lubricant.

A can of WD-40 is essential for any workshop or toolbox, as it will help keep your tools and accessories rust-free. It is also essential for applying to moving parts and can also be used to extend the life of cutting bits.

Instead of throwing away instruction manuals for your power tools, keep them handy so that you can refer back to them to know which parts require oiling on a regular basis.

On larger power tools where ratchets and gears are mainly responsible for certain functions, these areas need to be kept as clean as possible. Use a paintbrush to clean out these areas on a regular basis to prevent wear and then spray with WD-40, wiping away any excess with a lint-free or cotton cloth.

Where excess dust is allowed to build up there is increased possibility of stress and strain on these components.

Power tools are an investment that you want to last for a long time, and it makes sense to clean and lubricate them on a regular basis to ensure they remain in good condition.

Use a paintbrush to remove dust and particles on slotted tracks and then apply lubricant to moving parts.

Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and particles on slotted tracks, such as those on a mitre saw. A paintbrush takes care of most of the other areas. Once clean and dust-free, apply lubricant to moving parts, wiping away any excess to as not to attract dust.

With smaller power tools such as a jigsaw, circular saw, angle grinder and other power tools with moving parts, always keep them clean and free from dust.

Dust all moving parts with a small paintbrush and spray on a light coat of WD-40. This is particularly important with the jigsaw blade locking mechanism, as this part can become stiff if not kept clean.

Power tools that have a filter system or dust vents, as in the case of a sander, need to be cleaned after use.

Over time these vents become clogged up and may cause the motor to overheat. An integral filter system only works to filter dust if cleaned out regularly.

Today's sanders are designed to be easy to use, and this means that many use a velcro-type sanding pad.

It is essential to keep the base of the sander clean and free from dust to prevent damaging the fastening pad.

It is essential to keep the base of the sander clean and free from dust to prevent damaging the fastening pad. You can try keeping a clean sanding pad on the base of the sander before packing it away.

After a single use your sander becomes clogged with dust. After finishing your project, take 5 minutes to brush the sander clean before putting away.

When cleaning accessories such as blades, protect yourself by wearing suede gloves.

Spray the blade with WD-40 and then use an old toothbrush to brush away debris that has built up on the blade and then use a lint-free or cotton cloth to wipe away any excess.

Protect your accessories and attachments by storing them in airtight containers, or adding a pack of desiccant to prevent moisture from causing these to rust.

Article courtesy of www.homedzine.co.za

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