It doesn’t matter what electrical device you have bought, they all require maintenance. When we talk about drills, the first image that comes to mind is the miniscule wall particles being blown in your face while you drill a hole in wall. It is clear that these dust particles will also collect in the drill machine itself. Over time the drill machine will get noisy or heat up more quickly than it should.
For maintaining drill machines, one would require to open the machine and clean it. If you don’t have an instruction manual then make a sketch or take pictures of the drill to see where each part is suppose to be. Some drills have bodies like ‘clam shells’; you take of the top and the internal parts are placed on the bottom half. It is best to take pictures of the drill before and after the removal of a part. This will help you in reassembling it later.
Remember to keep all parts of the drill safely once you have opened it. Also remember to put each part back in its place else you’ll be left with many spare parts. To clean the dust of the machine parts you can use an aerosol cleanser designed for cleaning electrical components. However, if the dust is being collected on oil then you need an acetone based aerosol instead, it will help you in cleaning the gummed up dust.
Once the dust is removed, you can oil the machine. Be sure to not use too much oil as it would make the gears slip. A drop or two would suffice. Old grease should be removed and the special drill gears grease should be put. The grease is easily available at different hardware and do-it-yourself stores.
If the drill is over heating or you can see sparks come out then it is best to check the brushes. The brushes are located near the rear of the machine. To replace the brushes, you must first remove the caps. Once this is done you should gently remove the brushes, making sure that the springs don’t fly away because, if that happens then finding the spring will be a big pain. Place the new brushes along with the springs and put the caps back on. The bearings of the drill can be checked by holding the chuck and moving it from side to side. If the bearings or bushings are not working properly, you will need to take the drill to a professional.
Battery maintenance is another important factor of maintaining your electric drill. It is important that the battery is cleaned often. Remember to follow the guidelines properly. This will help in increasing the life of your electric drill.
Maintenance of the drill is not difficult, it is however time consuming. It requires patience and a bit of preparation. By maintaining the drill you have, you will save money on buying a new drill every time you have to use it.
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