Cordless Drill Safety and Maintenance

Investing in a cordless drill? We've got tips. Learn how to be safe and properly maintain your new cordless drill

Stay safe with your cordless drill using these tips

Power drills are able to make a hole in plastic, wood or metal surfaces by rotating a replaceable drill bit. These electric tools have many parts and components, including a handle, an on and off button, safety latch, torque adjustments, a reverse switch and so many other parts.

These power tools can be either corded or cordless. Corded power drills have a high-voltage electrical cord inserted into the receptor whereas the cordless ones are operated by rechargeable batteries. The latter is a much more preferable option due to its mobility and compactness.

In this article, we will list out maintenance and safety procedures to improve the longevity of your cordless drill.

How to Maintain your Cordless Drill

  1. Read the instruction manual. Knowing exactly how your drill works and how to use it before starting on your first project, will ensure that you use it properly and safely.
  2. Lubrication Can Improve the Longevity of Your Cordless Drill. For the cordless drill to work efficiently, all the moving parts need to be lubricated. This will prevent the different parts from overheating, damaging and corroding. You can refer to the owner’s manual that comes with the tool to correctly lubricate your cordless drill. The manual or manufacturer's websites will likely even suggest which lubricants to use for this purpose as well.
  3. Never Let Your Cordless Drill Overheat. When there is a lot of stress on the motor of the cordless drill, the tool can overheat. It is important to know the extent to which you should operate your cordless drill. Also, if you use your power drill on difficult-to-drill materials then also the motor can become hot causing it to burn out. Take breaks when you are using your cordless drill. This will enable the tool to cool down.
  4. Sharpen the Drill Bits of the Tool. Using blunt or worn out drill bits can cause extra stress on your cordless power drill. This may cause the toll to overheat which, in turn, will wear out the motor. Sharpening or replacing a dull drill bit will also make your job easier and quicker as well.
  5. Take Care of the Battery of the Cordless Drill. Always recharge the cordless drill's battery before it runs out completely. This will prevent it from overheating and avoid temperature fluctuation. Also, try to opt for lithium-ion batteries for your drill tools.
  6. Remove Worn Out Parts of the Cordless Drill. If you feel any part of your drill tool isn't working properly or has been in use for a long time, it is better to get them replaced as soon as you can. This will help maintain the efficiency of the cordless drill which will also save time. In the long run, using worn-out parts causes strain on the tool.

The Safety Measures You Should Take Around Your Cordless Drill

  1. Invest in Protective Gear. Protective gear includes safety goggles, breathing mask, and fitted gloves. All this can protect your eyes, fingers and prevent any breathing issues when you're embarking on your next DIY project.
  2. Ensure All the Parts of the Cordless Power Drill is Fitted Properly. The drill bit needs to be set properly into the chuck of the cordless drill. This is important for your safety and for executing precise work. Use the chuck key to tighten the drill bit further.
  3. Use a Drill Stand when Drilling. It is advisable to use a drill stand when you are drilling difficult materials like metal or when you need to be precise. As the stand acts as a frame, the chances of the cordless power drill slipping from your hands become lower. It is also advisable to secure the wood, glass or metal piece that you are working on. This will prevent it from shifting while you drill holes in it.
  4. Apply Just the Right Amount of Pressure. A cordless drill is as it is very efficient. You should not apply too much force on the trigger button as it may put stress on the motor. Also, don’t reduce the pressure to such an extent that the cordless drill doesn’t even operate. Just remember to be careful when you handle your tool.
  5. Avoid Baggy Clothes and Extra Accessories. Baggy clothing can get caught in the drill which can prove to be very harmful to you. The same goes for long accessories. Avoid wearing loose gloves, sleeves, or long earrings, bracelets, and rings when you start drilling using your cordless drill. Also, tie your hair if it is very long.

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