Common Power Tool Maintenance Tips: Part One

Belt sander on a wooden surfaceWe’ve discussed a variety power tool maintenance techniques for specific tools and brands, but have rarely taken the time to look at basic techniques. The following methods can be used on just about any brand.

Basic Maintenance Tips

Before we get into individual tools, let’s take a look at some maintenance methods applicable to just about any tool. These techniques include:

  • Checking spark plugs and fuses and replacing if necessary.
  • Cleaning or replacing air filter, as necessary.
  • Removing debris, such as saw dust, from electrical components.
  • Inspecting for broken parts.
  • Re-tightening screws and nuts holding the tool together, if necessary.
  • Lubricating moving parts.
  • Checking power cords for frays and replacing if necessary.

Electric Hand Drill

Electric hand drills are some of the most highly used tools in your arsenal. As a result, you’ll need to perform the following maintenance techniques to keep them in great shape:

  • Inspecting drill bits and sharpening if necessary.
  • Cooling down drill for every half of use.
  • Lubricating drill head to avoid excessive wear.
  • Recharging batteries when necessary.

Power Sander

Maintenance on sanders focuses heavily on keeping saw dust and dirt out of its internal fan. This is a relatively process that requires:

  • Opening up the internal mechanisms.
  • Blasting the insides with compressed air to remove filth.
  • Brushing away stubborn dirt.
  • Emptying the dust bag before its full.

Saber or Jig Saw

Saber saws are something of a miracle in tool design: they are designed to cut tight corners and curves with a minimum of fuss. Keep this helpful tool in good shape by:

  • Unplugging the saw immediately after you’re finished.
  • Cleaning the blade, roller, base, and blade shaft assembly with a tooth brush.
  • Blasting compressed air through the air vents.
  • Sharpening blade when necessary.
  • Letting motor reach maximum speed before cutting to avoid broken blades.

Tune in next time for part two of the series where we look at even more common tools. Have a great week!