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Safety Tips

Perform Routine Maintenance On Your Power Tools

Sep 4, 2009

Whenever you invest in a heavy piece of equipment or even a small hand tool, it is recommended for safety and quality purposes that you perform routine maintenance before and after every use. Not only will this keep your equipment clean and in working condition, but it will also keep you safe. Here are a few maintenance tips that you should use to ensure your equipment is up to par:

1 – Check for dull, broken or bent blades on your different saws. Starting a job with a less than perfect blade may not produce the results you intended for, which can botch a whole job and cost you lots more time and money in the long run. Blades that are not in the right condition can also lead to injury if they break while using your saw or if you force a dull blade. Make sure you are routinely changing/sharpening blades to stay safe.

2 – Clean any dust away from all of your machines. It is inevitable working in a wood shop that you will have wood dust on all of your equipment. When using your machines, make sure all wood dust is cleared off the piece of equipment that you are working with. This prevents any kick back of dust when you power up the machine, which can potentially damage your eyes. This will also make sure that your equipment does not get clogged up with dust, which can cause it to malfunction. A dust collector is recommended on all of your heavy equipment to keep the dust out of the air and your machines.

3 – Oil your tools as much as possible. Check to see if all moving parts are working correctly and in good order. Once you are done cleaning out all the dust and debris, put a few drops of oil in all the gears and moving parts. Some equipment has specific parts that need consistent lubrication to keep it running well.

4 – Examine power cords and check batteries to make sure nothing is leaking or damaged before using.

By performing these simple tips you will be kept safer and your equipment will last longer. Trust us – we’re the tool experts.

Getting Rid of Old Power Tool Batteries?

Jun 29, 2009

DeWalt DC9071 XRP Battery Pack

DeWalt DC9071 XRP Battery Pack

If you’ve gone through your tools and found that you need to dispose of a few old rechargeable tool batteries, think before you toss. Because many batteries from cordless power tools contain heavy metals, most trash haulers won’t accept them. Instead of risking damage to the environment and a very frustrated trash collector, here are a few simple steps to getting rid of your power tool batteries properly.

First, locate a drop off site for your batteries by contacting Call2Recycle, a national collection program that works with retail stores like Target and Home Depot to dispose of batteries properly. You can visit their site at Call2Recycle.org or give them a ring at 800-8-Battery. Once you’ve figured out the right drop off site, give the business a call to find out where exactly to take your batteries and to see if there are any specific instructions. This will save you time from waiting in line at the info desk and can help you make the drop off even easier.

If you don’t have a nearby Call2Recyle approved site and need to get rid of your old power tool batteries safely, feel free to contact your local department of sanitation. They may be able to point you to a program they work with or a collection spot that can accept rechargeable batteries.

Power Tool Safety Tips

May 5, 2009

Power tools are wonderful inventions, but certain precautions should be taken to ensure one’s safety around them. At Tools-Plus.com, we know that accidents can happen, but preparing for these accidents can prevent harm to yourself and others, so we’d like to offer five tips to keep you injury-free in the workshop.
Caution Sign

  1. Dress for the occasion. Wear protective gear such as goggles, ear plugs, and dusk masks. Do not wear open-toed shoes; if a sharp or heavy object falls on your foot, it will much more unpleasant for you. Instead, try steel-toed boots.
  2. Water can conduct electricity, and sparks can ignite scraps, so it’s imperative that you keep your workshop clean and dry. This will minimize accidents.
  3. Keep a first-aid kit on hand just in case an accident does happen.
  4. Always turn tools off before repairing or cleaning them. Turn them off if you’re attaching an accessory as well.
  5. Think about foreseeable accidents with regards to specific tools, and prepare for them. In the unfortunate event that one does happen, you’ll know what to do.
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Ten Essential Safety Tips for Your Wood Shop

Mar 9, 2009

Your workshop is a place to make things happen. Not only can you create and build upon projects, but you can also improve your overall skill in wood working or similar craftsmanship. To keep your shop running safe, here are ten essential safety tips that are important to keep posted at all times:

Wood Working

1.Think Before You Cut

By taking the extra time to consider the task at hand as well as where your fingers are placed, you can avoid becoming one of the countless people injured each year from not paying attention while operating machines.

2.Keep a Clean Shop

Accidents tend to happen in shops that are cluttered and disorganized, so be sure yours stays tidy. Make sure that your work areas are free from items that you could trip over, get caught on, etc.

3.No Distractions

Paying attention to your actions is imperative, especially when dealing with high powered tools. Try to avoid distractions and be sure that you keep your eyes on the blade while cutting at all times.

4.Don’t Rush

Rushing is one of the easiest ways to cause injury. Not to mention, more mistakes are likely to be made. Give yourself enough time to enjoy your craft or hobby.

5.Don’t Force It

Forcing a piece of wood or a blade can cause a powerful kickback that could result in a fatal injury. If you notice your tools malfunctioning, turn them off immediately. Take a minute to evaluate the situation before diving into the problem.

6.Protect Yourself

Wear proper safety gear to ensure that your eyes, hands, ears, and lungs are safe from woodworking related dangers. Tools-Plus.com has a great selection of Safety Goggles, Ear Muff Hearing Protectors, and Dust Masks that are made for keeping you safer while you enjoy your woodworking project.

7.Let the Tool Stop

Giving your power tools enough time to wind down after a cut is essential for preventing injury. Even without power, an operating tool can do a lot of damage.

8.Be Careful of Fumes, Dust

Solvent fumes and airborne dust can cause both breathing difficulties or fire hazards, so be sure that you’re keeping a fresh supply of air moving through your workspace.

9.Wear Appropriate Clothing

Loose clothing or hair can cause severe injury when caught in a machine. Take a minute and make sure that your clothing and hair are kept away from your workspace and don’t present a hazard.

10.Keep Your Judgement Clear

Never work on a project if you’re tired, not feeling well, or not in the right state of mind. By keeping your judgement clear, you can be sure to reduce your chance of injury drastically.