Tips for packing your power tools

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!

Assorted tools.
Packing your tools isn’t easy.

Think about letting professionals deal with packing your power tools

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.

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 their 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. Prepare the following:

  • toolboxes
  • original packaging if you still have it
  • small and medium packing boxes
  • bubble pack or other cushioning material
  • protective sheets or blankets
  • cleaning supplies
  • lots of tape
You can use a toolbox to transport your tools.

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. Pro tip: if you no longer have instruction manuals, you can usually look them up online!

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!

Flammable sign.
Fuel in power tools can be highly flammable and therefore, dangerous.

Step 5: pack your tools

Finally, the time for actually packing your power tools has come. Start by wrapping all parts in protective packagings like bubble pack, 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.

Remember that safety comes first!

The most important thing to remember when packing your power tools is that they can be extremely dangerous. So safety should always be your main priority! Properly cleaning, preparing, wrapping and packing your tools ensure they are safe from damage, the rest of 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.

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