Tips for packing your power tools

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Packing is difficult enough when it’s just your clothes, dishes, and furniture. But if you’re your own handyman, if you love DIY, or if you have a garage full of tools, you may just have an even harder time than most when packing for a move. So before you start packing on your own, think long and hard about paying for the packing and unpacking services of your local movers. Although it seems more expensive to do so, it will undoubtedly save you some time, effort, and stress. And if you do, ultimately, decide on packing your power tools yourself, we’ve put together a handy little guide on how to do it right!

Think about letting professionals deal with packing your power tools

Moving companies like Spyder Moving Services Tennesee practice different protocols when it comes to safety, and they make it their primal goal. Packing your power tools may not sound like a huge thing to do but it definitely has its good and bad sides. Here is how you can do it like a pro!

man using his power tool on the floor
Since power tools are used very often you will need to start by cleaning them first!

By far, the easiest way to pack your power tools is not to do it yourself. You will still need to do some preparation like disassembling and cleaning, but the majority of the work will be on the local movers Oxford MS you hire. They can safely and efficiently pack everything for you and load heavy tools onto the truck, so you don’t have to. Of course, this will be more expensive than doing everything yourself. But it may be more cost-effective overall: movers are less likely to damage something, and they offer insurance on things they pack and move, so you’re less likely to end up needing to replace expensive tools after the move.

The main reason for this is that movers are qualified and trained for this job. Many Atoka TN movers provide the service of packing and unpacking for many years and are called professionals for a reason. They will surely do an amazing job when it comes to packing your power tools as well. Just make sure to inform them on time. 

Packing your power tools yourself: A Guide

If you end up not going with professional movers and packers for your power tools, you should know how to pack them yourself properly. Packing your tools wrong can easily result in them getting damaged. Not to mention, power tools can be hazardous when not handled properly. Thus, packing them the wrong way can easily result in injury. So be sure to follow this guide to make the process easier and safer!

What will you need to pack your tools?

Before you start, you should gather everything you need for packing your power tools. Make sure to give yourself enough time to gather packing material so you don’t lack anything. You can always get a couple of extra items just in case. Prepare the following:

  • Toolboxes– You can find toolboxes in supermarkets or gas stations.
  • Original packaging if you still have it– These would be the best option as they are made for the power tools
  • Small and medium packing boxes– Make sure boxes are made of strong materials and have lids on
  • Bubble pack or other cushioning material – If you decide to go with the bubble pack make sure to put extra layers
  • Protective sheets or blankets– Blankets be made of cotton or any other soft material
  • Cleaning supplies– In case things get messy you will need to clean them up. It will also be good to clean your power tools before packing them.
  • Lots of tapes– Tape will be the last security step so make sure you have lots of it.
attachable parts of power tools
As many power tools have smaller parts, detach them first

If this already sounds like too much work for you- you can always count on packing services Memphis. Not only you will save huge amounts of time, but you will also avoid all potential risks of damaging your power tools or hurting yourself in the process. 

Step 1: Detach removable parts before packing your power tools

The first step to packing your power tools is taking them apart. Start by removing any easily removable parts like cords, drills, and so on. If you’re using the original packaging for the tool in question, there may be a designated compartment for such parts. Otherwise, you can use Ziploc bags to keep small parts from getting lost. Mark which tool they belong to and keep them near that tool itself for easier reassembly later.

Step 2: Disassemble your tools

After you’ve detached what you could, it’s time to disassemble your tools. Isn’t that the same thing, you ask? No, it isn’t. While many power tools have some removable parts, not all need to or even can be disassembled. But if you’re moving your office, for example, you’ll come across many large tools, appliances, and machines that need to be taken apart before they can be moved. You will need to completely disassemble anything large, bulky, or heavy before moving it.

In addition, you should remove any blades and sharp edges. That will make packing and moving tools easier and safer. If you can, you may also want to remove any handles on lawnmowers and similar tools to make them more regularly shaped and convenient to box up.

Step 3: Clean everything before packing your power tools

The next part of the process is cleaning. Dirty tools are at a higher risk of damage and corrosion. So always take some extra time to clean every part of the tool before packing it thoroughly. How you clean your tools will depend on the tool itself. Some tools cannot stand water. Those you should only wipe down with a dry towel or cloth. Others may require some water to clean properly. Yet others may need something stronger like detergent or special cleaning liquids and gels. The best rule when it comes to cleaning power tools is to follow the instructions of the manufacturer. That way you’ll know what is and isn’t suitable for your tools.

a couple layers of bubble wrap
To pack your power tools properly you will need some bubble wrap as well

Pro tip: If you no longer have instruction manuals, you can usually look them up online! Many moving companies’ customers leave their comments and reviews and it is always good to check what other people had to say. There is a big chance you will find great advice on packing your power tools!

Step 4: Drain all liquids

Liquids present a severe risk when moving power tools, so it’s best to get rid of them. Even just plain water in the power tools themselves can be dangerous when it spills leaves marks or rusts blades. But it’s the fuel that you really want to pay attention to. Many power tools run on flammable, liquid fuel which can cause serious harm not just to the tools in question but to your whole itinerary. So make sure you drain all liquids and airdry your tools at least 48 hours before the move!

Keep in mind that, if not necessary you don’t need to carry liquid fuel with you. You can always transport it separately or ask movers to do it instead of you. Your goal is complete safety and you should always have that on your mind!

Step 5: Pack your tools

Finally, the time for actually packing your power tools has come. Start by wrapping all parts in protective packaging like bubble packs, sheets, or blankets and securing everything with tape or twine. You don’t want your expensive high-quality tools to get damaged, do you? Then put your tools in either their original packaging or a sturdy toolbox. If neither of those is an option, use a moving box of approximately the same size as the tool, or bigger. Fill any remaining space with packing peanuts, shredded paper, or something similar for extra cushioning and protection.

man holding a power tool as a representation for a guide about packing your power tools
Keep in mind that safety is a priority in this entire process so inform yourself as much as you can

Step 6: Invite friends over!

You probably know that every type of work goes much better when in good company. When your packing process starts you can include your friends and along with packing your power tools- throw a party! Share the tips and assign everyone with different work. With some laughs, a good time, and maybe a snack, time will go super fast and your packing will be over. On the other hand, if you decide to go with residential movers Tennesee and their services- this will definitely be a day to remember!

Remember that safety comes first!

The most important thing to remember when packing your power tools is that they can be extremely dangerous. There are also countless safety courses throughout the state of Mississippi so if you have enough time, make sure to give them a try. Since safety should always be your main priority it is good to inform yourself as much as you can! Properly cleaning, preparing, wrapping, and packing your tools ensure they are safe from damage, the rest of the itinerary is safe from harm, the movers’ van is safe from damage, and most importantly, you, your movers, and anyone else handling your move are safe from injury.