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Old 06-10-2014, 11:25   #16
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Re: Long Term Power Tool Storage when Cruising

Ziploc Large Space Bag Vacuum Seal Bags and Jumbo Tote -

I have had a lot of luck with these.


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Re: Long Term Power Tool Storage when Cruising

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Yep, WD 40 and a big Zip lok or plastic bag. Better than the zip lok maybe a big padded envelope (bubble wrap plastic type.) I've found Zip Lok fail their closure a lot.. so I took to using bags and just wrap the bag around it well. Never store in bilge. And be sure to run them occasionally. Not sure I would take any more than a sabre saw, 4" disc and corded drill though... along with the cordless drill of course! Pelican case if you can find the room.
I would add a dremel tool, heat gun and small soldering iron (for repairs to electronics).

I am also on the fence about my orbital sander and electric buffer. I am leaning towards leaving the buffer (I can always buff by hand) and keeping the sander until we get to florida. We plan to haul their and do a bottom job. Keep the sander until then but give it away before we jump to the Bahamas.

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I carry a 4" Makita angle grinder, Dremel tool, a Porter Cable RO sander. 28v and 12v drills, sabre saw, and a heat gun. They go in plastic storage boxes with covers, not airtight. The grinder. Dremel, Sabre saw, and heat gun have never seen WD40 or Boshield and are still going strong after over 15 years at sea.
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Re: Long Term Power Tool Storage when Cruising

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, how do you store your favorite Bosch's, Makita's, & DeWalt's etc. to protect their vital bits from moisture?
I just chuck 'em in the aft cabin with all the rest of the junk.

Get them out with a fishing rod. Stand at the door and try and cast it to hook the one I want. Last week had to drill a hole with a sander...
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I'm with markj (I think). I just chuck them in a plastic bin under our double bunk. No desiccant, no wd40, no ziplock bags. They don't seem to rust. To kill them, Usually I either drop them overboard or overload them.
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Re: Long Term Power Tool Storage when Cruising

I used to use WD-40 but got warned off it except for loosening bolts.
Now use INOX because I can spray it INTO the electrics of motors. It doesn't dry
out like WD40 and doesn't conduct so is a great alternative. I also use the Inox with Lanolin as a protective coating on the motors in the engine bay.
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Re: Long Term Power Tool Storage when Cruising


We do like Evans. Never had special protection, except for the cutters for rigging wire: Jim sprayed them with Boeshield. Jim has a (probably) 45 yr old 1/2" drive electric drill motor. We've used it some. It used to leak oil. Must have run out of it. We also have a cheap B&D 3/8" drive drill motor that was a gift to me, bottom of the line, after I was divorced, by a friend of the family. (Thank you Keith, I really wanted to make holes!) It still works, no special care, kept in it's original cardboard box. It is not our good drill, but it still works okay.

So here's what I say, don't overthink this one. If you have a dry boat (and I-1 wasn't, but I-2 is) they'll do okay for 25 yrs. or so, anyhow.....


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