For most people tools are something you use and then put away, there’s very little thought to maintenance unless you’re a professional. It’s very likely you don’t consider greasing your tools as a priority and it’s likely that they wear out quickly.
Poor maintenance is one of the main reasons why your tools don’t last. But it’s such a waste of money when your tools can often be cleaned and maintained to last longer. Power tools need grease just as much as manual ones or they can seize, rust, and break. Just like a car your power tools have motors that need maintenance.
Tool Grease Properties
Tool grease comes in several forms and you’ll need to have the right grease for your tool or you can actually damage the mechanism. This is especially important in impact drivers because the viscosity of the grease and the heat capacity can cause more wear if it’s incorrect.
Similarly, if the grease is too thin it can cause heat build up and damage. Any tool that has a hammering mechanism needs a tool grease that is designed for that purpose. The viscosity of the grease also affects the life of o-rings because the additives can affect the rubber or silicone and break them down. It’s also important not to mix different types or brands of tool grease for the same reason.
When choosing grease there are four things to focus on – base viscosity, additives, consistency, and thickeners.
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