5 Tips for Prolonging the Lifespan of Your Power Tools

ConstructionToday Image1By Kylie Ora Lobell

Power tools can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. When you’re running a construction site, the expenses for your equipment can add up quickly. That is why it’s crucial for your employees take care of the power tools they use and ensure that those tools last for years to come. Otherwise, you’re going to be spending unnecessary money every year to replenish your supply.

The following are five tips you can utilize to guarantee that your power tools are going to have a long lifespan:

  • Store power tools in their proper places – Leaving power tools outside, where they may get rained on, damaged by other forces of nature, is going to rapidly shorten their lifecycle. Providing your employees with tool boxes, carts and chests to store your power tools in when they’re not in use will protect them from becoming rusty or breaking. To keep them even safer, install a security system that will lock up your storage boxes overnight.
  • Replace consumables regularly – Drill bits, blades and sandpaper that are attached to power tools will become dull overtime. To prevent them from wearing on your power tools’ gear systems, change out these consumables about 75 percent of the way of their lifecycle. When your employees change them out, it shouldn’t feel like a drastic difference. If it does, it means they waited too long to replace them.
  • Clean your power tools – Frequently cleaning your power tools is always a good idea. They will get dusty very fast on construction sites, so use a shop vacuum and compressed air to clean out all the dust. Then, take a stiff brush or steel wool to remove rust. Don’t press down too hard or else you will leave scratches. Look at all the moving parts of your tools and see if they are functioning properly. If not, lubricate them where appropriate. During the cleaning, fasten anything that is loose and ensure that your tools are aligned.
  • Charge your batteries at the right times – If your power tools are cordless, there are a few best practices you can follow so that batteries last a long time. For instance, don’t let them die completely. Charge them when they are on 20 percent battery life or higher, and make sure you charge them 100 percent and not any more. If you’re going to leave power tools unused for a long period of time, consider plug-in power tools instead. Always keep the batteries cool and dry.
  • Create checklists for employees – Employees are busy with work and won’t remember all the steps for prolonging power tools. You should provide them with checklists they need to fill out at the end of their days to guarantee they are following all the proper steps.

Kylie Ora Lobell is a freelance writer in Los Angeles specializing in the content marketing, small business, tech and legal niches. She frequently writes for The Home Depot about construction businesses and their small business needs. You can check out The Home Depot's website for a wide range of the kinds of tool storage options Lobell describes here.

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