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Old 01-31-2015, 03:39 PM   #1
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So, I own the usual assortment of home remodeling tools in all shapes, sizes and colors. Yesterday, I was using my jig saw to cut backerboard and it started leaving some black residue behind. As I kept cutting and wondering what was going on, I started thinking about how I pretty much never do anything to maintain my tools. Aside from adding bar oil to my chainsaw when I add gas, I generally do nothing until my tools break. It's not a good system.

So, I was wondering if any of the experts around here have advice for those of us who are not naturally inclined to do a lot of power tool maintenance. If you were going to spend, oh say 30 minutes per month, where would you focus your efforts? The tools I use the most are probably my chopsaw, cordless drill, sawzall and multimax. Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-31-2015, 03:55 PM   #2
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All I can say is put the tools back on the shelf in working condition and oil your nail guns. If they are clean enough, with good cords and sharp blades I would call it good.

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For any tools that cut wood or masonry,an air compressor is an invaluable aid. Blowing the saw dust and masonry dust out of tools will extend their service life in a big way.I blow out my masonry saws every day,especially the air filter.
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For any tools that cut wood or masonry,an air compressor is an invaluable aid. Blowing the saw dust and masonry dust out of tools will extend their service life in a big way.I blow out my masonry saws every day,especially the air filter.
This times 100! I oil my nail guns everytime I use them and check air compressor oil maybe every month, but I use an air blower every chance I get to blast debris off all my tools, or to dry things out if its been a rainy day/week. (Including tool bags, what good is cleaning a tool if you put it back in a dusty bag?) I can honestly say my daily use tools do not often need repair and I generally want to replace them for reasons other then being broken.
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What's already said, and wax all tools with tables. I use bowling ally wax.
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Rain days, short days or I had the crew over for a Saturday BBQ.

Couple of hours on tool maintenance and all was good.
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Rain days, short days or I had the crew over for a Saturday BBQ.

Couple of hours on tool maintenance and all was good.
I like that idea! My crew would totally work for food!
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Oil Nail guns before every use.
Blow off all saws etc with air compressor or cordless blower before they go back in the trailer.
Dump out tool pouches once a week or so and filter fasteners, and blow out or vac out the bags.
Drain air compressors- should be daily

The DW745 Table saw has plastic gears and other moving parts that work much better when I use the plastic lube from PB on it, after a thorough cleaning of course.
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Clean your air compressor intake filter.
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The black stuff was probably something left over from the last job. Unless paint is coming off. But on surfaces you want to remain clean you can tape the bottom of the foot. I don't do much besides blowing off dust crap if it gets built up. A little oil here or there. I used the rubber dealy (looks like a big rubber eraser) to clean sanding belts off from buildup.
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I do very little.
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I blow out my chop saw and table saw once in a while, oil guns when I remember. I should wax the table saw and clean my planer sometime though.


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I've pulled my jigsaw head apart a couple times to re-grease it.

It doesn't make a lot of sense on most tools. By the time the bearings go the tool as a whole has seen its service life anyway.

I've had my miter saw apart a few times to clean it, grease up a few bearings. I'll oil most moving parts every few months.

I absolutely cannot stand a miter saw with gummed up slides/bevel/miter adjustments e.t.c.
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I hate to admit it, but I pretty much do nothing until it dies. Though, most tools these days last a long time. I am pretty hard on tools and don't have too much trouble.

I have been using Lucas Gun Oil on stuff that needs a quick lube. That stuff is magic.
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I oil my nail guns each time I use them, a few drops is all it takes. I blow out the saw dust on miter saw after job is complete. Drain the compressor each day.
My compressor stopped filling all the way to max pressure a couple days ago. I took the head off today and found the exhaust reed valve was bad. Fixed it, and back in business. I use my tools, but don't abuse them usually. Sharp bits and blades help. I have backups of most tools.

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Sharp blades/bits and oil. Blow them off and store in case. Just my 2 cents.
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I just try to get the tools to and from the site as gently as possible. And sometimes oil the nail guns before every use.

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use a blow tool to blow dust out of saws and grinders regularly so the dust doesnt begin to gum up in the grease or any water if being used outside in the rain.

i wipe down all the framing guns every couple months, and finish guns after a house. inpsect the driver pins for deformation and file them down if needed otherwise replace the driver.

replace bad plug ends and air hose fittings as they start to show signs of wear.

lubricate the blade chuck on recip and jig saws.. remove and clean gummed up mitre saw and table saw blades to prolong their life before either being replaced or sent in for sharpening
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use a blow tool to blow dust out of saws and grinders regularly so the dust doesnt begin to gum up in the grease or any water if being used outside in the rain.

i wipe down all the framing guns every couple months, and finish guns after a house. inpsect the driver pins for deformation and file them down if needed otherwise replace the driver.

replace bad plug ends and air hose fittings as they start to show signs of wear.

lubricate the blade chuck on recip and jig saws.. remove and clean gummed up mitre saw and table saw blades to prolong their life before either being replaced or sent in for sharpening
Although a lot of dust comes out I think blowing with an air gun just drives the dust further into the mechanism. Probably best to employ what we use for electronics, vac and paint brush.

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