Cordless Drill Care

A maintenance guide

Taking proper care of your cordless drill can ensure that your drill stays in good condition for years to come. Every power tool is an investment, and it is always a good idea to take care of your investments.

Below are some basic tips for proper cordless drill care:

  • Keep your drill in good condition. Most cordless drills come with a storage case, and you should use the case to keep the drill free from debris. It will keep the drill working in optimal condition. Also, you should avoid leaving the drill exposed to the elements. When inserting drill bits, make sure they are properly in place before use. If the drill bits are inserted the wrong way, or are not in the right place, it may cause problems with the drill, and it could void the warranty because you went against the manufacturer's instructions.
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  • Make sure that you are using the correct drill bit for your project. A too-small or too-large drill bit can cause the drill to catch, damaging the internal components. You may also find yourself doing damage to your wall or the project you are working on by using the wrong-sized drill bit.
  • Never use dull or blunt drill bits. This is an obvious rule for anyone who has owned a drill. The purpose of a drill is to make the job of screwing, unscrewing or drilling easier on the user. If you use a dull or blunt bit, it puts too much pressure on the drill and can damage the tool or break it completely.
  • Drill batteries should not be stored in extreme temperatures. Low temperatures can slow the battery, while high temperatures can lower the battery's effectiveness. Once you've done serious damage to your drill's batteries, you will have to replace them, which can be expensive. Most batteries are not covered under the drill's warranty, and even if they are, it is nearly impossible to prove that they failed for a reason other than your error.
  • Make sure that you keep your cordless drill inside and away from natural elements. With a cordless drill, it's easy to carry outside to use - and even easier to forget out there. This leaves the tool open to dust and pollen in the air, which can jam the machinery. It can also lead to rusting from even the slightest bit of moisture in the air, rendering the drill useless.

Using these tips, you can ensure that your cordless drill provides years of service.

By Jennifer Eblin

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