A drill is probably one of the most useful hand held power tools and is therefore one of the most common tools owned. Caring for your drill and drill bits in the correct manner will not only extend the life of your drill and drill bits, but may also prevent unwanted damage to yourself, your drill and the surface you are drilling into.
If your drill came with a handy carry case, make sure you store your drill in it when it is not in use. If you take the time to put your drill away properly you will prevent your drill from being damaged unnecessarily. Clean your drill properly before putting it away by simply wiping it with a cloth to remove any dust or debris. Store your drill in a cool dry place, away from direct heat and moisture.
If you have a cordless drill, take care not to accidentally forget about it and leave it outside. Remove the battery of your cordless drill if you do not intend to use if for a long period of time. Make sure the battery of your cordless drill is properly charged before use, as a rundown battery may damage your drill.
Caring for your drill bits requires a little discipline. Instead of simply tossing your drill bits into your tool box after use, rather put them back into the plastic sleeve you bought them in. Your drill bits will get scratched, chipped and damaged when forced against other tools in your tool box. It is better to have a separate area in your tool box that may be dedicated to storing drill bits when not in use. Always remove the last drill bit you used in your drill before storage.
Caring for your drill and drill bits properly will result in better boring, successful DIY projects and a safer drilling environment.