The Toolstop Guide to Power Tool Maintenance - INFOGRAPHIC

We love helping you guys out with niftly little tips on making sure you're getting the most out of your power tools.

There are two main ways to get those tips:

  1. The Toolstop Blog. Full of articles and info on buying, upgrading, using and maintaining your power tools, with exclusive tips and tricks from tradespeople and teams at Bosch, Hitachi, Makita, Metabo, DeWALT and more.
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We've also put together a handle infographic with some simple maintenance tips for you.


hannahlw85 on Sat, 08 Jun 2013 12:27:12 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I had to go by trial and error when I first got into DIY years ago, and didn't always get the right tools for the job or wasted materials on mistakes being made, if I had something like this back then it;d have been so mush help. Not just for getting the right tools, but help to know how to maintain the tools to get the best out of them, which is so important. I think some people think they'll just care for themselves, but those same people probably wouldn't just not bother to care for their computers or cameras, so why not have the same amount of care for something that works hard?! I think everyone should give DIY a go, with all the help and advice out there there's nothing to worry about.

Pete on Fri, 07 Jun 2013 08:15:21 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Really useful tips here. Try and keep my tools in tip-top condition as so many jobs to do.

Jan Lundgren on Fri, 07 Jun 2013 03:56:54 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Not only do Toolstop have a very wide range of some of the best powertools ( And A LOT of all the other stuff you need.) But they also help you buying the right one, and how to use it and maintain it. And the tips, video clips, the "what not too do" and all the other informative stuff.... -Genius !!!

Nigel Fleck on Thu, 06 Jun 2013 19:39:51 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Helpful tips and expert knowledge on using any tools that I haven't used before is always useful, and could prevent an accident through lack of knowledge or experience

Edward Redfern on Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:20:11 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

As a blind cabinet maker and professional tool user, I teach joinery to young people when there's time in the day or when booked. A large part of my time is spent not only discussing the merits behind taking care of your tools and equipment but also hands on demonstrations. Give me an old electric drill that's suffered at the hands of it's owner and I'll breathe love into it and that vintage drill will be as good as new. I get upset when hunting down vintage tools to stock as teaching tools or building tool sets for students, the times tools are so badly rusted, damaged, rotten handles, etc, it really hurts. So, I spend time giving my life and soul to them so they sing and work again. as sharp as they should be, balanced and like they came from their makers. I always ask any students to take care of their tools and most importantly, their hands. I wish I could meet someone who understands the love and affection given to their equipment as they do in their lives lol.

Edward Redfern on Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:06:59 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I get rather upset when a fellow tradesman DOESN'T look after their tools. They are an investment in their trade and their tools actually say a lot about the owner. All it takes is a little time of an evening after leaving a site to clean, oil, sharpen, test and charge tools. You know who you are people lol. As a blind cabinet maker, I am strict about tool and machine servicing. Everything from sharpening marking and trimming knives, chisels, plane irons, etc, through to cleaning and oiling chucks, replacing damaged driver bits, etc, ensuring I carry all fittings I need, etc. It doesn't take long for the next day's work load. have a spare battery charger for each make equipment in your house so you can charge your batteries at night, load them into their tools and cases and go.

Peter Gilby on Wed, 05 Jun 2013 22:04:59 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Really great tips! Thanks

Caroline Clarke on Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:54:16 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

My husband was an apprentice builder and feels confident in tackling DIY projects. I, on the other hand, feel quite intimidated by building stuff, though I am fascinated by it. I have finally started facing my fears and have been tackling projects around the house while my husband is at work. It's great to know that these blog posts are here to help me on my way to becoming a master of DIY!

Denise Slater on Mon, 03 Jun 2013 22:38:54 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

My husband has spent a year renovating an old Scottish cottage. Over the years he had accumulated a vast range of electic tools, but not "decent" makes. As they have fallen by the wayside, he has replaced them with decent makes such as Bosch, Makita and DeWALT. What a difference it makes. He loves your Blog too - very informative - thanks for sharing it with us :-)

Rachel on Sun, 02 Jun 2013 20:34:18 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

It would be great to see an infographic like this with different level (beginner to advanced) info for each tool. I like the look and tips on this one, but would find a more detailed guide handy, especially if it was possible to print it and tack up in the garage!

Hamster on Sun, 02 Jun 2013 16:14:36 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I think I know everything - until I am proven wrong and I lose a finger! If the universe was made in six days - I reckon with my tools, I could have done it in five. These reviews and demos are fantastic for putting people like me in my place. I really don't know everything - and it's not necessary to lose ALL my fingers trying to prove different. Thanks Toolstop for the invaluable guidance for all the blockheads out there. By the way, I stapled my finger back on. Seems fine. Don't you dare tell me I used the wrong tool!

Shaun Booth on Sun, 02 Jun 2013 15:52:13 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I should probably start following more of this advice. Maybe tomorrow.

Paul on Sun, 02 Jun 2013 12:29:18 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Handy tips!

MARY HEALD on Sun, 02 Jun 2013 12:24:02 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

As a relative newbie to DIY I have found this guide extremely useful. Whereas I was very reluctant to even contemplate using such tools with this guide and the 'Toolstop TV' items I feel I am not on my own and I am now confident enough to have a go. So unfinished jobs around the house will now get done.
From useful tips to much more complicated jobs this is a must have. I am in need of a sander so reading the suggestions will be very useful.

Sean Johnston on Sun, 02 Jun 2013 08:52:46 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

This guide is probably more useful than the tools themselves! The amount of things I now know how to do just from using this is great and repair bills have gone down for our company thank you once again tool stop! -Sean Johnston

ianthebadger on Sat, 01 Jun 2013 17:59:07 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Carlsburg don't do maintance guides, but if they did...the Toolstop would be the best.

Nick Roberts on Sat, 01 Jun 2013 16:42:20 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

simple but affective!

Diana Cotter on Sat, 01 Jun 2013 15:03:30 +0100 (Likes: 1 / Dislikes: 0

As someone who is very nervous about tackling jobs requiring power tools, it's so helpful to know that there is an expert on hand to not only give advice on buying the right tool for the job, but also on looking after it and getting the most out of it.

lancsman on Sat, 01 Jun 2013 13:50:23 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I'd have never thought of using a toothbrush on a hedge trimmer good idea thanks

Piers Newberry on Sat, 01 Jun 2013 11:17:33 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

It would be nice to have a guide to DIY battery replacement.

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