With the right power tool in hand, nearly any job can be tackled. Of course, your power tools are only going to be up to the challenge if they’re cared for properly, which is why storage is such an important topic. Storing your power tools correctly will extend their life and allow them to be ready for whatever project comes next. Explore this guide on how and where to store power tools for some useful tips and tricks.
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Moisture is the Enemy
The key point to consider when storing your power tools is keeping them away from water. Whether they’re corded or cordless, all of your power tools need to stay dry to remain in good condition. There are parts that can rust inside of the tools, and the electrical components could short out if they get wet.
So, right off the bat, we can rule out storing your power tools outdoors. Even if they were under a roof, moisture from the surrounding environment could get in and cause trouble. Any viable power tool storage solution is going to involve keeping them in an enclosed space.
A Garage or Shed is Best
You probably don’t want to store your power tools inside your home, as they can be dirty and will take up a lot of space. For most people, the best option is going to be storing these tools in a shed or garage. That garage can be either attached or detached. Either way will work as long as it’s enclosed and dry.
In addition to keeping your tools dry, there are some other advantages associated with shed or garage storage. First, these areas are probably where you use your power tools, so it makes sense to have them on hand in that setting. Also, you should be able to lock up your shed or garage when it isn’t in use, adding a layer of security for your tools. If you don’t have a suitable garage or shed space currently, adding a new one from Carport Kingdom is an affordable way to create the storage you require.
Giving Each Tool a Home
It’s a good idea to have a dedicated spot for each of your tools to live when they’re not in use. This will help you use the tools more efficiently, since you’ll always know where they are. Plus, it will be better for the tool than just being tossed on the floor after a task is completed. The type of storage you use for each tool will depend on the size and function of that particular piece of equipment.
For example, a cordless drill is a perfect candidate to be tucked into a drawer. These tools are relatively light and small, and there are plenty of toolboxes available that can hold drills (or you can build your own).
On the other hand, something like a miter saw is bigger and heavier, so putting it in a drawer is a no-go. You might want to store your miter saw on a workbench, or even on its own dedicated cart (that you could buy or build). As long as you get into the habit of putting each tool back in its dedicated spot when a job is done, your space will stay organized and your tools should remain in good condition.
Adding Some Moisture Insurance
If you’re storing your power tools in an enclosed space, you shouldn’t have much trouble with moisture harming their condition. However, it’s possible for a space like a shed to get a little damp during certain times of the year, even if the door is kept closed.
To prevent any moisture in the air from rusting your tools, consider adding some silica gel packets to the area around the tools. For example, if you store a cordless drill in a drawer, toss in a silica gel pack to absorb moisture while the tool isn’t in use. These packets are inexpensive and can serve as a cheap “insurance policy” to make sure your equipment stays dry throughout the year.
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We hope you enjoyed this guide on how and where to store power tools. Considering the cost of power tools and how long they can last when cared for correctly, it’s worthwhile to invest in storage solutions that will protect their condition properly. Purchase a shed, garage, or another structure from Carport Kingdom to get started on this project!