Nothing can last forever without it being maintained on a regular basis, this counts for just about everything from cars to kitchen appliances. Without maintenance most things break down over a pretty short period of time due to corrosion and neglect, tools especially require regular maintenance, and doing so will make them last for more than a lifetime. Corrosion, chipping, bending and cracking are your primary problems to tackle when using or keeping your tools in storage. So how exactly do you ensure that your tools don’t fail you when you need them?
The first thing you should always do after using any hand or power tool is to clean it, by clearing off any sources of moisture you’re ensuring that it can’t rust. But once you place them back in the tool trolleys they still might rust due to moisture. Chromed tools are more resistant to rust, so having those might help, however keeping them out of humid areas and storing them along with silica gel would do wonders to keep them dry and functioning. By keeping your tools clean and dry you can be sure that they will last your lifetime.
Storing your tools in tool trolleys is your best available option, since you can organize them and transport them easily. And as previously mentioned they can keep moisture out of the tools and keep them safe from damage. Damaging your tools while working with them is a given, as for them being damaged while in storage, the tool trolleys mitigate this by having them in specific compartments that are closed off and hard to open on their own. The compartments sometimes come with bases that fit specific tools perfectly making them even safer than they would be in a normal toolbox.
The mobility of a trolley is also useful since you can bring it along essentially anywhere you need it, and have all of your tools available when you need them. While its mobility is limited to places that you can push it to, it certainly can be moved to difficult locations but it will take a bit of ingenuity. But you can always just place it somewhere convenient that will be near your workstation, by having it close by you won’t have to select specific tools to bring with you. And how often you move the trolley also plays a factor in what kind you should get for your workshop or workplace.