Power-Tool Care Checklist
Every time you use a tool...
-Brush, vacuum, or wipe off dust; the same goes for battery chargers.
-Inspect power cords for nicks; replace cords with frayed jackets or exposed wires.
-Check that all moving parts work smoothly.
-Tighten any loose screws or bolts; put a drop of Loctite on the thtreads to keep them in place.
-Test a circular saw's blade brake; it should stop the blade when you release the trigger.
At the end of the year...
-Look for cracks in motor housing; don't use a tool with cracks larger than a hairline.
-Lubricate parts where metal rubs on metal.
-File any nicks in the shoe plates of jigsaws and circular saws.
-Flatten bent shoes with Vise-Grips; use a combination square to check that the shoe is perpendicular to the blade.
-Follow the instruction sin each tool's manual for specific maintenance procedures.