Custom tools made with injection molds can break. However, the proper maintenance can help reduce issues and make your tools last longer. Here are some maintenance tips for anyone working with custom tools.
1. Brush Your Tool
If you want to keep your tools, you need to brush them. By keeping them clean, you ensure that they work properly. This is especially true for those that are powered by electric motors. Failing to keep them clean is a major maintenance issue among electric-powered tools. The result is often overheating, which causes expensive problems to repair.
2. Add More Power
Another issue that can create problems is not giving the motor enough power. This can happen when you use too high of a gauge extension cord, too long an extension cord, having an unstable power source, or having nicks in the power cord.
3. Lube up Tools
When it comes to air-powered tools, more lube is always the answer. If you want to keep these items running for a long time, keep a jar of oil nearby. The oil prevents rust on your metal and ensures that your seals and gaskets are still working properly. It also keeps air, moisture, and debris from landing on the compressor. It is common for air-powered tools to experience poor maintenance. This occurs for a variety of reasons. Obviously, a big problem is not oiling often enough.
4. Protect Your Investments
Properly storing your equipment can mean the difference between long, uninterrupted use and frequent tool repairs. One big problem which causes tools to break is accidental falls. This can lead to cracks and other damages. Although this sounds like a user problem, it is really not. Most of the time, this occurs when no one is around, and the tools are damaged because they were not in a protective case.
Although maintenance seems like common sense, it is often overlooked when it comes to custom tools, which leads to broken equipment. By being smart and maintaining them properly, your tools with last a lot longer.