For contractors, tools are an essential part of your livelihood. It’s important to keep your tools lasting as long as possible, so you don’t have to waste time and money. Tools can be expensive, so you want to take care of your investments. Accidents happen, but there are steps you can take to make your tools last.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but leaving your tools outdoors, exposed to weather will severely shorten their lifespan. Provide your employees and work areas with storage, including toolboxes, cabinets & lockboxes. Make sure that all of your team members know when tools belong, it’ll go a long way in protecting your tools. Most power tools come in cases, which can sometimes be a pain after a long day of work. Some simple storage in a dry area will help prevent rust or degradation of the tools.
Replace Bits and Blades Regularly
Drill bits and blades in tools like sawzalls become dull and worn after a period of time. When they get old, they cause undue stress to the gear systems in your tools. Change them out a little before their expected lifespan, and it will help extend the life of the tool itself.
Clean Your Tools
Of course tools get dirty with use and covered with oil, dirt, and other grime. Some simple cleaning will prevent rust from forming and breaking down your tools. Use an air hose to get the dust out of tools and machinery and take a brush to any stuck-on grime. Regularly take a look at your tools’ components and gear to inspect that they’re working effectively. Tighten anything that may be lost and lubricate the tool once you’re done with the cleaning.
Replace Worn Out Parts
The inner components are prone to a lot of wear after hours and hours of operation. Sometimes issues happen, and it may not mean that the entire tool is broken. Some parts wear out more quickly than others. Listen closely to the tool while it’s in operation. Between this and thorough cleaning, any parts that need to be replaced will be exposed. Don’t throw away a tool that just needs a minor repair.
Keep Your Batteries Charged
Cordless power tools are extremely popular today, but that means managing your batteries becomes part of your job. Don’t let your batteries die fully, and don’t get over charge them either. Keeping track of your batteries and their level will help avoid being left with a dead drill.
Create a Checklist
Providing yourself and your employees with a checklist of things to be completed after a job will help everyone stay organized. It may seem tedious but protecting the investments, you’ve made in your business are worth it.
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