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Intervention (Babying Tools Toooo Much)


Harold Wray

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Ok guys, I really need your help! I have some OCD issue that makes me baby my tools way too much!  I am serious.  When I'm using my drill I have to rest it on a towel so it wont get scratched.  Every time I use one of my tools I have to clean them thoroughly. Usually it takes longer to clean them then it took to use them.  I know it's good to take of your tools but I think I'm taking it too far. What could help? Sometimes I think it's debilitating me from doing more work. 

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I know exactly where you're coming from Harold. I do the same shit (minus the towel thing). I got through twice a year and remove any rust specs from my hand tools and coat them in silicone spray. I wipe them down after every use and I take all my ratchets completely apart twice a year (all 25 or so of them) and clean out all the old lube and apply new. It's needless, excessive, and a little crazy, but I just can't help it. 

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What do you guys do for maintenance on sawzall / reciprocating saws. I use compressed air on mine but there is always some caked on dirt behind the shoe where it enters the tool. I can't find any maintenance info for sawzalls anywhere. Most I read was Milwaukee uses specialized lubricant.

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I usually use a straight brush to break up what I can and then blow it out. 3 in 1 oil will work fine if you oil it 4 times a year or so. If you were to take it apart you could use a heavier lubricant like molly grease or something, but I don't see where it's really necessary. 

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The rubber coated belt clip is a nice idea especially with the Milwaukee M12 fuel tools with the compact batteries it really does not want to stand upright, and I could see a belt clip rubbing the wrong way leaving a nasty scratch. People are plasti dipping everything though lately from car rims to car grills if they don't like the chrome look or if it looks worn out people like how its removable.

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