When my chop saw started smoking with every cut, I figured it needed some attention. The deck was difficult to move because of sawdust buildup in the slide mechanism and I’m sure the blade needs to be replaced. But, I didn’t have a clue how to fix these things, so I did a little digging.
Power tools are exposed to sawdust, dirt, and moisture and need to be cleaned after each use to avoid a complete shutdown. Unplug the tool from the wall outlet or remove the battery before cleaning. Regular maintenance of power tools makes them last longer and perform better. And if you have designated spaces to store them, you will be able to find them when they’re needed.
Deep clean the tool and its case periodically. Blow out the exhausts, intakes, decks, and undersides with compressed air. You can use a cotton swab or toothbrush if needed for hard to reach areas like air intake slots and toggle switches. Moisten a clean cloth and wipe down the entire tool. Avoid getting any water on the motor. Lubricate moving parts with machine oil or manufacturer’s recommended oil for best performance and to prevent rust.
Inspect your power tools for wear or damage. Are the cords frayed? If so, replace them to avoid electric shock to you or a fire. Replace any bent or loose prongs. Check the chuck on drills for corrosion or debris. Do moving parts work easily? Do saw blades need replacing?
What about batteries? Batteries can lose a charge when not in use, so if you only use them periodically, check them well before you need them and recharge before use if needed. Store batteries in their case if possible and check the terminals for breakage or moisture. Always have a backup ready to go as cordless batteries need a recharge around 70% capacity. Check for damage or cracks.
Regular maintenance of power tools makes them last longer and perform better. Always take a little time to clean them off, blow pressurized air in the air vents and rub with a light coat of WD-40 oil before putting them away. And if you have designated spaces to store them, you will be able to find them when they’re needed. I plan to take my own advice and clean up my chop saw!!