Whenever people have a discussion about tools, you will notice that most of their complaints center around how tools stop working properly after a few years. They will say that they were ripped off by the manufacturer because a power drill or circular saw stopped doing its job properly after five years.
Were these people ripped off? Or did they make a mistake that resulted in the tools’ bad performance? The reality is that most people do not maintain their wood working tools. They think that these items will work perfectly out of the box and keep working in this manner for years to come. This is simply not true.
There is no one who is going to come to your home and maintain your tools while you are sleeping! This is something you must do yourself. If you want to keep these tools in great condition, you need to ensure they are getting the best maintenance possible. In terms of maintaining tools, it makes a lot of sense to get this done before or after you use the tools. Do not set aside separate days to maintain tools, because you will always get lazy and forget about it.
It is not something complicated, having to maintain your tools. The process is easy, you do not need much additional equipment and it can save you a lot of money in the long run. However, you must plan ahead and have the required patience to maintain the tools every time you use them.
A good way to think about maintenance is to consider why you are fixing up certain tools. What do you want to achieve? For example, with wood working items our goal is to make sure these things are just as sharp as they were when we first bought them. This will ensure that they cut and reshape the wood efficiently.