Four Steps to Prolonging the Life of Your Trade Tools

There’s nothing more important to a tradesmen than their tools. A good tradesman will spend years building up a tool collection that can perform the duties of their trade to the best of their abilities. And with your income relying so heavily on the state of your trade tools, it’s important to take good care of them. A few extra care strategies will keep your tools performing in optimum shape for longer.

The following steps are simple ways to improve your tool’s longevity that can be incorporated into your daily routine.

Storage

Environmental factors like water, humidity and rust can age your tools prematurely. Always pack your tools away when you’re not using them. Your tool storage area should be properly organised, with a place for everything and everything in its place. Invest in a good toolbox or, if you’ve got particularly expensive, specialised tool, a climate controlled workshop.

Always store power tools in their original case to protect from knocks and bumps as well as weathering.

Cleaning

Built up dirt, grease and grime can affect the workability of your tools. Keep a microfiber cloth, or at least a few rags, in your toolbox and get into the habit of giving your tools a quick wipe down before you put them away. When you’ve got the time, a little WD-40 or linseed oil can prevent sticking, rust and any further damage.

Power tools or anything with a lot of moving parts will require more than a wipe down. Use an air compressor to blow out any dirt and dust and keep all moving parts well lubricated.

Don’t forget to keep your toolbox, tool belt and any other accessories clean as well.

Maintenance

Your tools aren’t impervious and even with the best care, they will start to wear down. Keep an eye out for the following damage and treat immediately to prevent wearing your tools down until they’re unworkable.

Hand tools

  • Loose parts
  • Corrosion/rust
  • Malformed edges
  • Blunt corners

Power tools

  • Cracks in the casing
  • Exposed or frayed wires
  • Hard to start
  • Not running smoothly

Insurance

When the inevitable happens and your trade tool dies out completely, proper insurance will ensure that you can get back to work in no time. And with most companies providing new for old replacement, you’ll be better than before in no time.

Check out business insurance or ask your home or car insurance provider if you are able to add your tools to your policy. You’ll need to provide proof of purchase or ownership so start a folder for all your trade purchase receipts. It’s also a good idea to keep a list of all of your tools and their manufacturer and model so that you can replace them with the right model.

If you need to replace your broken or stolen trade tools, check out Bundaberg’s best range of tools at  JA Toft and Co. Visit us at 7 Bourbong Street or call (07) 4151 2395 for excellent service and product knowledge.

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