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Power Tools: Increase The Life Of Your Tools With Proper Maintenance by Andrew Stratton

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Power Tools: Increase The Life Of Your Tools With Proper Maintenance

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There are all kinds of things you can do with your own power tools. You could build a birdhouse with your son, make some extra cash at a crafts fair, remodel the bathroom or even build a detached garage. If you have the desire, the proper skills and the right tools, you can do whatever you imagination can come up with.

However, if you want to continue to make your fabulous projects or safely work on your remodeling, you have to take care of your investment. Power tools, quality ones, are not cheap, but they can last a lifetime if you take care of them. Here are a few basics on how to properly maintain your equipment and extend their use life:

1. Keep it clean.

Every time you use whatever kind of equipment, dirt and debris is created. If you are working with wood, sawdust goes everywhere and with metal, you have metal shavings that accumulate. This occurs whether you are cutting, drilling and certainly planning and sanding.

So, in between work, try to keep the debris under control and at the end of the workday, clean all the components of the power tool to make sure there is nothing that will damage the working parts if left unattended. Keep a shop vac and a hand held vacuum in your workshop to make sure you get all the hard to reach places. Sawdust and debris can clog up a motor or ruin a blade if you don't keep it clean. 2. Lubricate.

Once you've cleaned the debris away, oil the working parts to make sure they don't stick next time you try to use it. Just a dab at the point of friction should be enough for smooth action next time you use it. 3. Perform regular inspections.

Routinely check that all electrical cords for weak spots and cuts. If you have power tools with seals or gaskets, give these a once over every now and then to make sure they are still doing their job. Over time they may weaken and rot and need to be replaced.

4. Use a professional.

If your miter saw or other piece has a problem with the motor or some other component, it is best to take it to a professional for repair. Every now and then it may be necessary to have a complete overhaul of the motor, just like a car. This is for the more expensive big pieces. For smaller items like hand saws and drills, you want to weigh the cost of repair and replacement cost. You'll probably be better off buying a new one.

5. Take care when loaning equipment.

If you loan your stuff out to friends, make sure they know how to use the equipment and how to clean it. When it is returned to you, give the piece a once-over to make sure everything is still in proper working order.

Not only is proper maintenance essential for increasing the life span of your equipment, but it also ensures accurate performance. Some cuts and holes have to be exact and you only want to do it once. Proper maintenance of your power tools also makes them safer for you to use.

Makita power tools are suitable for both wood working and metal working and are ergonomically designed for easy of use and highly recommended for both professionals and amateurs. Visit the online store for discounts and specials on power tools at

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