For many of us across the country the warm weather is long gone and colder temps have set in firmly. Many of us also are still moving our lawn mowers, weed eaters, and other outdoor power tools out of the way in our garages. Now is the time to rent a cheap, local storage unit to keep all of your lawn care and seasonal items. Granted, I’m a fan of storage units, but I’m also a fan of having a well organized garage that isn’t cluttered with items I’m not going to need for several months. Also, I’m a fan of prepping tools for storage whether I keep them in a storage unit or at home. Here are some tool storage basics:
Clean, Clean, Clean
You need to completely clean off any and all of your tools. Remove any dirt build up, clippings that have clumped together, and even any oil residue that has accumulated on your tools over the past several months. Carefully wipe clean all of the blades and make any repairs that you think might need to be made. Trust me, you’ll want to fix what is broken now instead of in the spring when you’re all geared up and ready to work.
Drain the Gas
Read your manual to see how to properly do this for your specific piece. Gasoline doesn’t hold up well over time and deteriorates. You’ll need to (carefully and safely) dispose of the unused gas and then drain the engine properly.
Keep It Dry
Remove any moisture that you see on any of your power tools. For proper tool storage, you’ll want to leave each item as dry as possible to avoid rust. Every blade, every piece of metal, and for good measure, even every plastic piece you see should be completely dry.
Choose a Secure, Safe Storage Space
Tools can be expensive–they can feel especially expensive when you have to replace all of them at once because your collection got stolen. Keep all of your power tools in a spot that is securely locked, in a spot in your garage that can’t be seen easily from open windows, and check on your tools periodically. If your shed does get broken into, telling the police that sometime between December and April your things were stolen probably isn’t going to help a whole lot. It’s better to be safe than sorry during your tool storage experience.
Take good care of your tools. Try to be as careful with them as possible so they can retain their good quality over time. Good maintenance and safe tool storage practices can help protect your investment. If you haven’t done so already, put your tools away for the winter and prep them for the warmer months that will be here before you know it!