How to Winterize Woodworking Tools

If you have woodworking tools and you are in an area that has a winter season you might want to consider learning how to winterize your woodworking tools. The main reason for this in most summers there is humidity and heat and the winters can be dry and cold. This has an effect on all kinds of tools and the mechanics within them. It’s best to prepare for the season right before it happens to prevent any problems with your equipment.

This article will go over some of the more common woodworking tools and how to winterize them.

An Air Compressor

An air compressor is a very delicate piece of equipment especially as seasons change. You need to make sure you bleed the air tank regularly as this will remove the moisture build-up that happens inside of the tank. You want to remove it because if it is left alone it can lead to rust in the tank. Make sure you check your manual for proper maintenance and whether or not it is lubricated with oil then you need to check your manual to see how and what you need to do to properly winterize it.

Most of the time it’s simpler than you thank and if it is gas powered as well you can see about changing the oil your normally use to one that is better suited for winter climates. Storing the equipment takes a slightly different route. Run it until it is out of gas, this way the inner tanks can dry completely and you won’t have to worry about the moisture rust build up problem. This is vitally important to do when it is stored in tight and enclosed spaces like basements or shops. However if it is located in a garage or some other well ventilated area you want to do the opposite. Fill it with gas and a fuel stabilizer and it should be good to wait until spring.

As with anything it’s always a good idea to do regular maintenance, air filter, spark plugs, oil changes etc.

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Cast Iron Tables on Tools

This is most common with your bigger saws, like band or table saws. Additionally you want to look over your drill press and jointer and check for cast iron tables you don’t want them to rust either. With all the tools it’s important to properly and thoroughly clean and inspect the equipment. If you see any rust already beginning be sure to break out your rust remover for power tools and get to work. Make sure you use the proper rust remover for the tool you are cleaning.

Once thoroughly cleaned be sure to apply a protection coat to it. There are some specifically for table saws or band saws so be sure to use the correct protective oil on it. The right ones can be found at your hardware store just go in with your tool information to get the right one.

Winterizing Your Power Tools

If you are using non-gas powered equipment and the power tools you are using have a cord it’s important to take special care of this equipment as well. These would be on your tools like your miter saws and power drills. Over time regular exposure to cold/wintery climates can cause the rubber around the power cord to become frail and break. So always be sure to inspect the power cords of any electrical equipment for damage. When you find any that are damaged you need to be sure to replace it properly, it’s actually a simple process but if you are not sure you can just take it in to be repaired.

Always remember to take to time to learn how to winterize your woodworking tools and perform the maintenance each year.

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