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Repair Center  Power Tool Care and Maintenance 101

Why Read This Article?

  • Tool care guidelines.
  • Keep tools running like new.
  • Learn about "information tools."

Article Breakdown

  • The right care and maintenance will greatly increase the life of a tool.
Proper Storage
  • Our storage guidelines:

1. Protect tools from the elements.

2. Keep them clean and organized.

3. Store them in a well-ventilated area. Care and Maintenance Cleaning and inspecting tools before storage is always best:

  • A toothbrush and soft cloth can be used for cleaning.
  • Air compressors are great for tool and machine cleaning.
  • Lubricate tools and machines as needed.
  • Tighten screws and fasteners.
  • Check electrical cords, and replaced damaged ones.
  • Keep cutting edges sharp.
  • Follow other user manual guidelines.
Replacing Parts
  • Like other machines, power tools will require the replacement of parts.
  • Carbon brushes and switch assemblies are examples of commonly-replaced tool parts.
  • Replacing parts at the first sign of trouble can prevent further damage to the tool.
Tool Repair Resources eReplacementParts.com offers these tool repair information services:
  • 1. Repair Forums-for repair questions and answers.
  • 2. Discussion Boards-another question & answer resource.
  • 3. "How-To" Articles-Step by step repair instructions.
  • 4. Customer Service-contact our customer service staff for any question.

Power Tool Care and Maintenance 101

September 18, 2009
This article suggests guidelines for power tool care and maintenance. It also describes information tools available at eReplacementParts.com.
Power tools and other machines are designed for long life, but each requires some care and maintenance to meet its life expectancy. Properly storing power tools, performing maintenance as needed, and replacing machine parts will extend a tool's life to its full potential and deliver more value to its owner. We offer some general tips and guidelines below for extending the life of any machine or power tool.   Proper Storage Our three guidelines for tool storage are:

1. Store tools in an area protected from the elements (like moisture).

2. Store tools in a clean and organized space.

3. Store tools in a well-ventilated area.

Tool Storage
These suggestions almost go without saying. Keeping tools out of the elements protects them from damage and wear. A clean and organized storage space will promote safety, and keeping tools well-ventilated will help them run smoothly when it's time to pull them out of storage. It might take a little extra time to put everything back in place at the end of the day or completion of a project, but storing tools the right way will always be worth the effort.
[Back to top]   Care and Maintenance Before being stored, most power tools can use a little cleaning and a couple of quick checks for damage or other problems. Here's some maintenance tips for keeping those tools in good shape:

  • Use a toothbrush and a soft cloth to wipe debris from power tool casings before storage.

Tool Cleaning

  • Lubricate power tool parts that need to be lubricated. Following instructions in the tool's user manual will help here.
  • Check the parts that hold a tool together, screws, and other fasteners. Tighten up anything that might have been shaken loose during operation.
  • Keep blades and other cutting accessories sharp. Check bits and other accessories for wear and damage.
  • Follow any other maintenance guidelines for a tool or machine explained in its user manual.
[Back to top]   Replacing Parts Like cars and other machinery, many power tool parts are designed for wear and replacement. The expected service life of a power tool takes the replacement of certain parts into account.
Some examples of parts that commonly need to be replaced on power tools are: carbon brushes, switch assemblies, power cords, accessories, bearings, and tires. Performing the checks and maintenance suggested in the section above is important for catching tool performance issues right when they start acting up. Making tool repairs at the first sign of performance trouble can prevent damage to other parts of a machine or tool. In order to provide tool users with the necessary resources, we at eReplacementParts.com offer services to our customers for getting to the bottom of tool and machine repair questions. For a "Diagnosing Guide" article-Click here. [Back to top]   eReplacementParts.com Tool Repair Resources Because maintaining and repairing tools is vital for keeping good tools running, we want our customers to have the right "information tools" at their fingertips. We offer repair information and answers to our customers with the following services:


1. Repair Forums- Our tool repair forum is a great place to ask specific repair questions and get feedback from other industry professionals.


2. Discussion Boards- Our tool page discussion feature is also a perfect place to ask repair questions that are specific to a tool or machine.


3. "How-To" Articles- Many of our articles cover general repair information, questions, and issues. Specific articles are written to clear up confusing issues and common pitfalls for particular models. For more "How-To" articles-Click here.


4. Customer Service- We invite our customers to call our customer service department, located right here at our warehouse in Salt Lake Valley, UT. Our representatives are happy to research answers for any question. Contact us.   Staying on top of power tool care and maintenance often means replacing parts and performing repairs. Good repairs start with the right tools for tool repair. For an article about Tools for Tool Repair--Click here. And you can also visit our Tools for Tool Repair page for a great selection of essential repair tools.     [Back to top] What we're about.

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