Tips for Properly Storing Drill Bits

The Importance of Proper Drill Bit Storage

Drill bits are essential tools that every handyman or DIY enthusiast must have. They come in different shapes, sizes, and types to cater to various drilling needs. However, storing drill bits can be a challenge if not done correctly. Inadequate storage can lead to damage and dulling of the drill bits, rendering them useless for future projects.

This blog post will guide you on how to store your drill bits properly so they stay sharp and effective for longer periods.

Clean Your Drill Bits Before Storing Them

It is crucial to clean your drill bits before storing them as this removes any debris or residue that may affect their performance. Use a wire brush or a soft cloth with mild soap and water to clean the dirt off the surface of each bit thoroughly.

After cleaning, dry the drill bits completely using a towel or air dryer before proceeding with storage.

Tip: Keep an Old Toothbrush Handy

An old toothbrush is an excellent tool for removing stubborn dirt from your drill bits’ crevices and other hard-to-reach areas. Make sure you rinse it out well after use and let it air-dry before putting it away.

Choose Appropriate Storage Containers

Drill bit storage containers come in different shapes and sizes, depending on their intended use. Choosing appropriate storage containers is critical as it ensures that the drill bits remain securely stored without clanging against one another or getting lost easily.

You could opt for plastic cases with labeled compartments specifically designed for holding drills such as DeWalt’s Tough System Tool Case Organizer (model DWST08204) – which allows you to organize accessories neatly inside its sturdy case complete with clear lids so they’re easy-to-see at all times!

Alternatively, there are specialty cases tailored towards certain industries such as aviation mechanics whose sets of drill bits require secure and organized storage. An example is the ATS Pro Traveling Mechanic’s Tool Case (model 757) with its foam-lined interior to keep your drill bits snug and safe during transport.

Tip: Don’t Mix Your Drill Bits

It may be tempting to store all your drill bits in one container, but this can lead to confusion and damage as they rub against each other. Instead, use separate containers or compartments for different types/sizes of drill bits so that you can easily find them when needed.

Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Drill bit storage should also be done at appropriate temperature conditions. High temperatures can cause expansion of metal components leading to warping while low temperatures increase brittleness – both damaging effects on drill bits’ quality.

Store your drills in dry environments away from direct sunlight or extreme heat/cold exposure, such as a garage toolbox or an indoor closet.

Tip: Use Silica Gel Desiccant Packets

Silica gel desiccant packets are beneficial moisture-absorbing agents ideal for storing tools such as drills. They absorb moisture quickly and help prevent rusting which could happen over time due to humidity levels changing frequently in some locations—place it inside the storage case alongside your pieces securely!

In summary, proper storage of your drill bits will extend their lifespan by keeping them sharp and ready for use on future projects. Clean them before putting them away; choose suitable containers, avoid extreme temperatures – these small steps towards responsible tool care ensure longevity!

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