There is a reason why people always complain about how they need to buy tools because they want to do some projects for their house. It is unusual when you hear the same people complain about having to buy the same tools every few years. Why does this happen? Are they buying cheap tools? The truth is that they are probably buying nice tools, but they are not maintaining them properly.
These wood working tools are not magical items. They cannot keep performing at the same rate of efficiency year after year if you are simply going to toss them in a drawer after you are done using them. This is what so many people do, and yet they are surprised when those tools stop working after a few years.
The only thing a person has to do in order to keep the same tools in good condition is to maintain them every few months. If you are using your tools periodically, make sure you perform some maintenance steps every time you are done using them. This will ensure your stored tools are maintained and in great condition.
Maintenance is not complicated or time consuming, but you must plan ahead and have the right strategy in mind. For example, you must know why you need to maintain certain tools. What are you trying to accomplish with these maintenance steps?
For example, we are talking about wood working items in this piece. Why maintain tools used with wood? The reason is because we want them to be as sharp as possible. After all, these tools are used to cut, re-size and re-shape the wood we use for home projects. The blades on these tools will start to blunt over time, even if they are power tools. Only proper maintenance can give you consistently good performance over time.