Lease Van provides top five tips for tool maintenance

Lease Van, a company offering affordable and flexible van leasing deals, has named the five things all tradespeople should do to maintain tools and increase their lifespan.

After a long day on the job, it may be tempting to skip tool maintenance, but taking care of them ensures projects run smoothly, safely, and to a high standard.

Many tradespeople rely on hand tools such as wrenches, hammers and screwdrivers for essential daily tasks, making them indispensable for roles in various trades. As a result, properly storing tools in a clean and dry environment will prevent damage, decrease the chance of rust developing and help keep them in good condition.

Here are Lease Van’s top five tips for proper tool maintenance:

1. Storage

Proper storage will prevent rust and damage, so it is important to keep tools in a clean and dry environment. Invest in shelving, racks and organisers, avoid storing them on the ground, and take steps to protect them from the elements.

2. Lubrication

Lubricating tools and equipment will decrease the chances of rust developing and keep the overall mechanics running smoothly. In the long run, it will reduce the chance of friction, wear, and unexpected maintenance costs. Be sure to check lubrication recommendations from the manufacturer, as they could need oils, fluids or greases to ensure optimal performance.

3. Sharpening

Regularly sharpening tools, especially those needed for cutting, will prolong their life and stop unnecessary strain. Blunt tools are more likely to break when used, and sharpening will reduce the amount of money spent on replacing blades.

4. Cleaning

Tools should be wiped down and cleaned every time they are used, as a job should never start with dirty tools. Not only this, cleaning equipment after each shift will ensure optimal tool maintenance by getting rid of substances which could be corroding or damaging them. It will also help to enhance safety, improve results and cut costs in the long run.

5. Damage inspections

Regular inspections for damage to tools will not only prevent accidents and reduce errors, but also prevent further damage and the need for full replacements. Common concerns to look out for include rust, wear or cracks, and spotting this early will help identify potential problems before they occur.

Tim Alcock, Motoring Expert at Lease Van, comments, “Properly maintaining tools will save tradespeople time and money in the long run. Simple steps like regularly cleaning and sharpening tools will help to increase their lifespan and prevent small issues from becoming major problems.

“Taking the time to check for tool damage regularly will also help to identify potential problems before they occur and cut costs off a full replacement.”

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