Keep your power tools in tip-top condition
You invest a lot of money in power tools, so it makes sense that you look after them. Keeping them cleaned and lubricated is essential. Here are some tips to help you look after your power tools.
No matter the age or type of power tool, all tools need to be cleaned and maintained to keep them in good working order. In this article we use a jigsaw as an example of how to keep your power tools in top condition, but you can use the methods shown here for all types of power tools.
Old toothbrush or paintbrush
Cloths or rags
When cleaning or maintaining your power tools - unplug them!
An old toothbrush is perfect for getting into tight areas on your tools to clean away built up debris. You can also use an old, stiff artists paintbrush for smaller tools, or a stiff bristle paintbrush for larger power tools.
A regular cleaning ensures parts on your tools won't stick or get stuck, and also that they work properly when you use your power tools.
Brush over moving parts and then use an air blower, vacuum cleaner, or blow to remove loose dust or debris.
WD-40 is a silicone-free solution that not only lubricates, but also protects against moisture and rust. After cleaning, spray WD-40 into moving parts [not close to electrical motors] and then remove any excess with a cloth or rag. Once done, put power tools away in a dry place out of reach of children.