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How to properly store and use power tools

How to properly store and use power tools

How to properly store and use power tools

Power tools are a great way to make precise cuts and execute otherwise difficult tasks on a job site, which is why it is important that this equipment is properly maintained.

Be it a power saw that makes straight and swift cuts into dense materials or nail gun that can make multiple connections over a short period of time, power tools can certainly make most jobs easier. There are a variety electrical and cutting tools that can be used in various commercial operations, from steel working to outright construction that can drastically improve the speed and quality of these jobs.

However, because these tools perform at such high levels, it is important that they be properly maintained. A poorly kept tool can make a cutting blade dull and hurt the longevity of other tools. Worse still, if one of these components is being used when not in its best condition, it could potentially compromise the safety of those who use them. For this reason it is essential that those working with power tools take the proper care to safely store and maintain these tools to optimize their longevity.

Caring for tools
One of the most important factors to keep in mind is that one should be diligent about keeping his or her tools clean. Norm Abram of "This Old House" wrote for Gizmodo on some of the most important steps that one can take in order to keep these tools clean. He explains that dust and debris can build up over time, which can cause friction within a tool. This can ultimately sacrifice performance in the long run.

One way to prevent this from happening is by replacing the brushes in the motor of a tool. These components are blocks of carbon graphite in the motor's spinning armature. It is important to replace these because they can ultimately lead to the motor losing power and eventually quitting. This can often be one of the reasons why a power tools loses its strength.

There are a number of other elements that one should keep in mind when it comes to power tool maintenance. Abram noted that it is important to brush away debris and dust after each use, as these components can lead to increased wear and tear. Also, make sure to inspect that all moving parts operate as smooth as possible, because they can be a sign of what parts are ultimately going to give out. Another important tip is to lubricate any part at the end of the year that creates friction with another metal part, as these are common places where wear and tear occurs.

Observing safety
Because of the amount of power that these tools posses, and the often sharp edges or components that are moving at high speeds, the misuse of these products can ultimately lead to dangerous situations. For this reason it is important to make sure that along with these maintenance tips, that one observes the proper safety protocol in the operation of these items. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration offers guidance when it comes to safety and the proper use of these tools.

One should not have their hand on the activation switch unless they plan to use the tools immediately. Accidently starting a power tool can lead to an imprecise cut and cause injury to the handler or people in the vicinity. Also it is important to wear the proper attire and safety equipment. Loose clothing runs the risk of being caught in a tool along with other body parts.

By observing these maintenance and safety tips, workers can ensure that they will be able to operate their equipment effectively for long periods of time.