Looking After Your Drill: 8 Tips For Improved Performance

Ah, the drill. Probably one of the most important tools on your journey to becoming a DIY ninja. A stalwart companion in the world of DIY and professional construction alike. Whether you’re hanging a picture frame or constructing a treehouse, your drill is the unsung hero, ready to turn your lofty aspirations into reality. Much like any hero, it needs proper care to continue performing at its best. Here’s a little guide to keeping your drill in tip-top shape.

1. Read the Manual: The Holy Grail of Drill Wisdom

Now I know that this might seem obvious but it should be the starting point for using any tool. Especially if it’s a tool you haven’t used before. Although drills are relatively resilient, they are not invincible, so take a moment to read the manual. Yes, the manual – that small booklet you usually toss aside with disdain. You might be surprised at the nuggets of wisdom you find regarding your specific model. Treat it like the sacred text it is. The future you will thank you when the drill’s still going strong after years of faithful service.

2. Keep It Clean: Drills Hate Dirt Too

What’s that saying, cleanliness is next to godliness? A dirty drill is an unhappy drill. Dust, debris, and gunk can build up in your drill’s vents and crevices, leading to premature overheating and potential malfunction. Try and give your drill a good wipe-down after every couple of uses. Use a dry cloth or a small brush to clean out the nooks and crannies. 

3. Lubricate Moving Parts

Imagine running a marathon without water. That’s what it’s like for your drill’s moving parts without lubrication. Apply a small amount of machine oil to the chuck and other moving parts every few months or so. Try not to go overboard;it’s definitely not a case of the more the better. A little bit of oil can go a long way. Think of it as a spa day for your drill – a little pampering to keep it running smoothly.

4. Mind the Battery

For cordless drills, the battery is the lifeblood. A good rule of thumb is to avoid running the battery completely down before recharging it, as this can shorten its lifespan. Instead, if it’s possible to see the percentage charge on your drill, recharge when there’s around 20-30% of charge remaining. Also, store batteries in a cool, dry place when not in use. You can get some good advice on battery care for your particular model from the manual.

5. Use the Right Bits

This is where most novices go wrong. To be fair, it’s a mistake seasoned drill users also tend to make. Sometimes it might be because they are trying to save money, sometimes it’s just not knowing better, but drill bits make a tremendous difference to the performance for your drill. Using the wrong bit is like trying to eat soup with a fork – frustrating and ineffective. Match your drill bits to the material you’re working with. Wood bits for wood, masonry bits for brick, tile bits for tile, etc. Also, keep those bits sharp or replace them when they get dull. A dull bit is not only inefficient but can also strain your drill’s motor. 

6. Don’t Overheat: Give It a Breather

Even though your drill can make you feel like a superhero, it needs breaks too. If you’re drilling for extended periods, remember to give your drill a rest every so often. Overheating can damage the motor and significantly shorten the lifespan of your device. Even the hardest workers need a breather now and then.

7. Store Properly

When you’re done with your drill, don’t just toss it in a corner. Store it in its case if you still have it or in a dedicated toolbox to protect it from dust and accidental drops. If your drill didn’t come with a case, don’t hesitate to invest in one. I’m sure you sleep in a comfy bed so why shouldn’t your drill enjoy a little comfort too, ensuring it’s well-rested and ready for the next project.

8. Inspect Regularly

Now and then, give your drill a thorough inspection. Check for loose screws, frayed cords, or any unusual noises. Catching small issues early can prevent bigger, costlier problems down the road. It’s like a regular check-up – preventative care is key to long-term health.

Taking care of your drill doesn’t have to be a chore. With a little regular maintenance and common sense, you can keep your drill performing at its best for years to come. Plus, your drill will thank you – if it could talk. Remember, a well-maintained drill is a dependable drill, and a dependable drill means more successful projects and fewer frustrations.

So, next time you pick up your drill,be sure to treat it like an extension of yourself. After all, it will keep working hard to help you achieve your home improvement and ninja dreams. Happy drilling!

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