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Prevent rust on cordless bare tools, and lubricate/maintenance?


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Hey guys; So I have over 25 different cordless Makita bare tools that I keep inside cases, inside my trunk, and I keep buying more as a compulsive collector :lol:. Even though they are inside Makita cases, most of them show sign of rust visible to the naked eye, no matter how I take care of them. Here in Florida, the humidity can get pretty bad I guess.

 

How can I prevent rust build up on my tools? How do you guys remove it?

 

I have more tools than the ones shown in pictures, and so far the rust hasn't made any of the tools obsolete or damaged, but it's worrying.

 

The BHR241 Hammer Drill is the only one broken, after a lot of daily usage... one day it just made smoke, and started rotating slowly, but I think it's just the brushes maybe...

 

Anyways, any good tips to clean them, and prevent rust build up so quickly? How can I lubricate, or do some maintenance to help them out?

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Yep you need an air tight case with some sort of desiccant like silica gel. You have to swap the packets out though as they can get loaded with moisture over time. Like others mentioned any steel surface needs to be also coated with some sort of rust protector also.

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Compulsive collector I like it haha sounds a little better then tool addict!

You can get the packets to pull moisture out of the air in your toolboxes, at the big box stores, just saw some in Menards the other day, as far as cleaning, probably going to need some elbow grease for that

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That's interesting MikeyB, I happen to have the complete Rigid Case system, which also has a gasket, and I believe was done before Dewalt's because I never saw those on Home Depot. Anyways, the case with gasket didn't help me much, although I will confess I did not clean every tool up with WD40 after every single use. DR99, I'm definitely trying some silica gel, great tip!!!

 

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i occasionally mist all my tools with wd-40, handtools and power tools, your in florida, and if your by the coast than you have the salt to deal with too. if any of my tools get wet, i spray a dose of wd on them before putting them away.  its worked for me so far

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i occasionally mist all my tools with wd-40, handtools and power tools, your in florida, and if your by the coast than you have the salt to deal with too. if any of my tools get wet, i spray a dose of wd on them before putting them away.  its worked for me so far

They have a wd40 specialist that dries but still lunes, great for tools!

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Personally if they where my tools i would go the extra length to repair. Source of the problem is bare metal. No matter how much lube you put on, the rust will just keep coming. Rust remover, than use rustolium spray paint among seal the metal(tape off plastic and spray lightly). Once dry use lube of preference, I recommend 3 in 1. Do this at least once a year.

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I have some PB Blaster dry lube I bought for my table and miter saw that seems to work ok, I am sure its similar to the WD 40 dry lube.  I would try good ole WD 40 first though.  Steel wool and WD 40 should take most of the rust off.  

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WD-40 is ok althou im not a huge fan.  Dry lube or Garage door lube works pretty good. Kroil oil is really good and you get what you pay for with it. 

 

im lucky here in Cali dont have to worry about the humidity much,but we ship machine parts all over and Kroil is what we use to protect them. Also silica gel packs work great,I use them to help protect my precision tools.

 

PB blaster which is easily obtained at HD works really good too.   Just remember the old addage man,the more you have the more you have to maintain.  If you gonna keep buying tools take the  time to maintain them properly.

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On 10/04/2016 at 8:56 AM, novice121 said:

Hey guys; So I have over 25 different cordless Makita bare tools that I keep inside cases, inside my trunk, and I keep buying more as a compulsive collector :lol:. Even though they are inside Makita cases, most of them show sign of rust visible to the naked eye, no matter how I take care of them. Here in Florida, the humidity can get pretty bad I guess.

 

How can I prevent rust build up on my tools? How do you guys remove it?

 

I have more tools than the ones shown in pictures, and so far the rust hasn't made any of the tools obsolete or damaged, but it's worrying.

 

The BHR241 Hammer Drill is the only one broken, after a lot of daily usage... one day it just made smoke, and started rotating slowly, but I think it's just the brushes maybe...

 

Anyways, any good tips to clean them, and prevent rust build up so quickly? How can I lubricate, or do some maintenance to help them out?

20160410_164716.jpg

20160410_164712.jpg

 

Do you work with plaster dust?

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