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Tips for Storing Power Tools

How to store power toolsMost people have a variety of tools at their home from small hand tools like screwdrivers or wrenches up to large power tools that usually can be found in workshops or tool shops. Tools can get stored all over home from the basement to the garage, but if they are not stored properly, they could rust and break. Contractors and construction workers also need to make sure that they properly store their tools and construction equipment. Contractors can store their tools and equipment in a self storage unit to allowing them to keep their overhead low and to have a handy place to keep everything organized in one place.

When it is time to keep these tools safe and in good working condition, where and how should they be stored? Most people will keep their tools in their home in the basement, in a workshop or in the garage. There are many different home tool storage ideas from DIY solutions to expensive storage cabinets that you can find at your local hardware store. A handy way to keep tools stored at home is to hang peg boards on the walls of your work room, in the garage or basement. This will keep tools off the floor and organized. For smaller tools and accessories, use a drawer storage system to protect from dust.

How to Prepare and Store Power and Hand Tools for Storage

Before storing, tools need to be properly prepared and maintained. The goal is to keep tools in good working condition while storing so they can easily be used right away when removed from storage.

  1. Consult with the manufacturer’s instructions for specific instructions on how to store power or hand tools as each have different requirements for care and storage.
  2. To keep tools tidy, clean them after each use. Wipe down with a rag or towel to be sure that they are free of dirt, grease and debris. Clean every metal surface with water and scrape away any soil and dirt. Completely dry the tool with a towel or rag before it is placed in storage.
  3. As you do your cleaning, check for damage or defects on the tools. If the tool cannot be repaired, then throw it away. Do not leave it to clutter up extra space.
  4. Coat the metal parts of the tools with a lubricant metal protector spray.
  5. Do not place tools directly on the ground for storage. Place small hand and power tools on shelving or in plastic bins. Store short-handled tools in a plastic bin or box. Organize like-sized tools together in a bin.
  6. Tie together long-handled tools, such as hoes and shovels in a garbage can while in storage. Otherwise hang these tools on a wall.
  7. Power tools should have all surfaces cleaned and completely dry before storage. Spray lubricant on all metal surfaces.
  8. Keep an inventory of the tools that you have in storage. Label each tool storage box with contents, so you will be able to find the tool that you need much easier.

Where to Store Power Tools

If there is not enough room to store tools in the home, then consider renting a self storage unit. Putting tools in a self storage unit will keep them safe, away from children and frees up space in a basement or garage for other items.  Stop N Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes in both climate and non-climate controlled that are great options for storing power tools from 5×5, which would be great for storing a small tool collection to 10×30, which would allow more than ample space for large and small tools and equipment. Stop N Stor has a state-of-the-art security system, keypad gated entry and residents managers to give our customers peace-of-mind that their belongings are safe while in storage. Our facilities have easy access to the storage units allowing for easy loading and loading of tools. Stop in to our 6 locations to find out how Stop N Stor can help with any storage need from business to personal storage.

5 comments on “Tips for Storing Power Tools”

  1. Power tools are very important for the construction purpose., The life time of power tools is around 10 to 11 years but this can be increased further if they are stored in the proper place. The above-given article is very important for the same purpose as it completely describes the procedure for storing the power tools. Thanks for sharing.

  2. any home improvement and home or office construction use power tools with a careful way. A man has a life and life is valuable than work. So work attentively and carefully.

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