Today, most people who are interested in fixing fasteners such as Monel 400 screws and Monel Hex tap bolts tend to use electric tools to do so. Some of the obvious advantages of this include the speed with which you can get it done, as well as how accurate you can be. It’s much easier […]

power tools and fasteners
Today, most people who are interested in fixing fasteners such as Monel 400 screws and Monel Hex tap bolts tend to use electric tools to do so. Some of the obvious advantages of this include the speed with which you can get it done, as well as how accurate you can be. It’s much easier to use electric tools to insert most types of fasteners, and if you are good at it, you will also find it to be a lot more accurate as well.

However, a potential problem that can arise is the regular damage of the fasteners by the machines you use to fix them. For instance, if you are interested in fixing a screw using an electric drill, using a drill that has some defect will erase any benefits that you might have gotten from using it.
For instance, it might end up damaging the head of the screw, which means that removing it in future might be difficult. In addition to that, it might take you more time to put the fastener in place. It is also common to find that such tools become unsafe when they are not properly maintained.
To this end, it’s important to know of ways of keeping the fastening tools in good condition to ensure that they are always reliable. Some of the ways of doing this include:
Proper storage
One of the commonest reasons why electric screw drivers and drills get damaged is due to improper storage. For instance, once you have assembled furniture or any other items, you could decide to simply put the machine in the garage, where it will be exposed to too much moisture and even rodents. This means that if you start using it after a few months, it will have developed problems even if you had only used it once before.

 
To avoid this, you should have a clear strategy on how to store the items. Once you decide to buy an expensive drill or electric screw driver, you could decide to also invest in a watertight toolbox for it as well. This will not only protect it from the elements and from rodents, but also from accidental damage and theft.
Use the device correctly
The proper use of the device will also affect how long it will last. For instance, if you are going to use an electric drill bit to install a screw, make sure that the bit is suitable for the type of screw you are going to put in place. Forcing a specific type of bit to drive a screw it’s not compatible with will only lead to damage of both.
Learn some simple maintenance tricks
Most drills and other electronic tools these days are easy to maintain. You should go through the manual for simple hacks on how to keep them clean, and how to troubleshoot common malfunctions. You should also remember to have the devices serviced on a regular basis, particularly if you use them heavily. This will help you delay wear and tear.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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