How to Clean and Maintain Ratchet Wrenches

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We all usually have a box of tools which comes in really handy in times of need. Professionals like carpenters or engineers use several types of tools, including ratchet wrenches, regularly. But for those who don’t regularly use it complaint about how these tools get rusted, stiff, stuck in the middle of the work, or become unsuitable for further usage. It doesn’t matter if the wrenches are used by professionals regularly, or by an amateur, only at times of need, these tools require regular maintenance and cleaning so that it functions well.

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This article is going to guide you about how to clean and maintain ratchet wrenches.

1. Clean it after every use

Ratchet tools are usually considered as a precision tool used for very particular sort of work by carpenters or engineers. The very first and a simple step to maintain your ratchet wrenches are to clean it regularly after every use. Every time you would use your wrenches, it would obviously have some kind of grease, dust or dirt stuck on it. One doesn’t have to put much effort to clean this much as it can be simply done with a dry cloth. If it becomes too dirty after one use itself, then rubbing it with a wet cloth will get the dirt out of the wrenches.

2. Clean your tools every year

If you are someone who hardly uses the ratchet wrenches, which are still lying in the garage or attic, then it should be cleaned and maintained once every year. Maintaining these wrenches doesn’t take much effort as it can be done just by lubricating it. Use a proper lubricating oil to ensure that there isn’t any kind of problem in the long run since duplicate or cheap lubes might end up jamming the wrenches. Moreover, the metal can be cleaned by either a dry cloth or some solvent to prevent it from rusting. The best way to do it is to disassemble the whole tool, wipe it with a solvent or wet cloth and lubricate each part properly.

3. Guide for lubrication

Unlike other simple tools, ratchet tools are very specific kind of tools which can be considered as a small machine in itself. When it comes to lubricating these wrenches, there are some little, yet specific guidelines about it. Not all sort of lubricants functions well for every ratchet tool since the oil density and function of the tool differs.

Firstly, one should remember not to over lubricate their wrenches since the accumulated oil in certain parts might cause it to dysfunction. Secondly, different sizes of ratchet tools might require a different kind of lubricating oil. For example – Small wrenches have a larger number of teeth, therefore, requires thinner lubricants so that it functions smoothly. On the other hand, bigger wrenches with a smaller number of teeth must be lubricated with thicker oil since it is used for heavy work.

Conclusion

Maintaining or cleaning ratchet wrenches are not rocket science at all. To simply look at it, it’s just a metal tool with movable parts which needs regular cleaning with solvents and lubrication for it to function efficiently.

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How to Clean and Maintain Ratchet Wrenches
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Professionals like carpenters or engineers use several types of tools, including ratchet wrenches, regularly. But for those who don't regularly use it complaint about how these tools get rusted, stiff, stuck in the middle of the work, or become unsuitable for further usage.
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