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Replacement Time: Common Signs of Tool Damage

Replacement Time: Common Signs of Tool Damage

Power tools and equipment are essential to repair and metal shops. In a perfect world, tools wouldn’t break or suffer damage. However, this isn’t the case. If you suspect problems, check out these common signs of tool damage. It may be time to replace your equipment!

Visible Wear and Tear

Visible wear and tear is the most obvious sign of trouble. Discoloration, breakage, chipping, and bending parts indicate damage. Typically, wear and tear comes from repetitive tool usage. However, exposure to water and excessive force also affects tools in the same ways.

Decreased Efficiency

Tools break down over time, and deterioration affects efficiency. Operating the tools and completing projects become more difficult with inefficient tools—at a certain point, inefficient tools decrease productivity and become a frustration. If your tool quality is decreasing production levels, consider getting new equipment.

However, there are also ways to extend the life of your tools before you must replace them. For example, sharpening a blade’s teeth is one way to preserve the life of your band saw blades while increasing efficiency and precision.

Strange Noises

Strange noises are common signs of tool damage. Admittedly, power tools are loud, and they produce unique noises. However, it’s time for a replacement if you notice new, strange sounds. For example, high-pitched screeching and squealing are abnormal noises. The tool may simply need lubrication, but a replacement is necessary if the odd sound persists.

Sparks and Smoke

Sparking and smoking during use of any tool are serious signs of damage. If your equipment emits sparks or smoke, immediately unplug the tool. Don’t risk injuring yourself or damaging power sockets. Let the tool cool off for at least 30 minutes, and then inspect the equipment. Sometimes, plug shortages or internal complications can lead to sparks and smoke.

Natural Deterioration

All tools have expected life spans, and natural deterioration is normal as a tool ages. Even the most reliable equipment breaks down. You should replace tools before they reach the end of their life spans to avoid complications. Old power tools weaken, and the last thing you want is for equipment to break during a project.

Written by Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.

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