How to clean your tools
Cleaning and maintaining your tools, machinery and equipment needn’t be an overly time-consuming task. Small amounts of regular maintenance can save you both time and money in the long run. No matter the piece of equipment, be it a combine harvester or garden rake, the same three step maintenance process can be applied:
The first step is to clean the piece of equipment, as this grants you an unobstructed view of the item, allowing you to better diagnose potential faults. Where appropriate use water to soften up dirt and grime. A pressure sprayer is advised for larger pieces of machinery. For electronics and other equipment that is sensitive to water, use compressed air instead.
2.Check (and repair)
Carefully check over the tool, machinery or piece of equipment to identify any wearing, damage or faults. Check liquid levels on relevant machinery. If anything is amiss, refill, repair or replace.
Once you’re happy that your piece of equipment is in good working order, protect it for the work to come. Paint any exposed metal, oil or wax exposed timber, and consider applying a protective coating to surfaces.
Ideally tools, machinery and equipment will be cleaned (and if necessary oiled, greased and/or lubricated) after every use, while the following maintenance should be undertaken on a regular basis:
- Sharpening blunt blades.
- Tightening nuts and bolts.
- Replacing worn-out, damaged or faulty parts.
How to store your tools properly
If your tools and machinery are going to last the distance, correct equipment storage is every bit as important as correct equipment use. Our container shelters and heritage barns are our most popular storage option for farmers and industrial businesses across NZ.
Keep your equipment dry
To avoid rust, rot and other damp-related issues, always store equipment undercover, ideally in a fully enclosed shelter. This isn’t just to protect from rain, but from condensation too. That said, fully enclosed spaces like basements and old garages can have humidity issues, so using a space with decent airflow (or a dehumidifier) is advised.
Build an appropriate shelter
If your current storage areas are affected by moisture issues, it may be worth investing in a new, purpose-built shelter. The upfront cost can quickly be paid back in the lower maintenance and greater efficiency such a structure can offer. Whether you’re a large station that needs an expansive, purpose-built shed, or a small-scale hobby farmer who simply needs somewhere to store your mower and tools, SmartShelters will have a construction to suit!
Hang your tools
Keeping your handheld equipment off the ground means that it’s less likely to be affected by moisture. Peg boards are great for hand tools, while a simple rack is perfect for gardening equipment.
Encase or cover power tools and machinery
Disconnect your power tools and store them in their cases. Cover machinery when not in use. This protects the equipment from both moisture and accidents.
Use rust inhibitors/silica gel
Keep moisture at bay in cupboards and drawers with a silica gel pack or a rust inhibitor. These collect moisture and keep tools dry.
Storing farm tools and equipment isn’t as simple as many might imagine. But doing so correctly can result in surprisingly significant savings, most notably in making your assets last longer.
And if you feel your assets deserve a better place to call home, our friendly team at SmartShelters is ready to build it! Get in touch today.