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What do you use to clean your tools?

Curious as to what others use to clean there tools after use. I have been using WD40 on mine. Is there something better. If it matters I have a mix of Craftsman, SK, and the 4 tool truck brands

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I use wypall wipes when at work. I use those tools enough that I don't have to worry about rust. Don't think wd40 is bad though either.


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I use WD40 on greasy tools or anything that might rust. I use Simple green on plastic or rubber stuff that is really nasty but typically I just wipe dirt and grime off with a dry rag.

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I don't clean my hand tools generally. Keeps em from rustin.
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You're supposed to clean them?

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I honestly don't think I've ever intentionally cleaned a hand tool. If it stops working/breaks...it gets warrantied.
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I use Dawn Dish Soap. It really works.
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You're supposed to clean them?
Not sure of the correct answer but I am OCD so I clean my tools after each use, I don't like my full polish wrenches to get nicks and dings at least not if I can help it. I also wax my tool box every now and then

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Not sure of the correct answer but I am OCD so I clean my tools after each use, I don't like my full polish wrenches to get nicks and dings at least not if I can help it. I also wax my tool box every now and then
I look at tools and a tool box as an investment. They are definitely something I will use for the rest of my life and I keep them clean so they last a long time.

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Agree with the above.
I also have a box with my great grandfather's set in it, those get cleaned so they stay nice and never get loaned out.


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Not sure of the correct answer but I am OCD so I clean my tools after each use, I don't like my full polish wrenches to get nicks and dings at least not if I can help it. I also wax my tool box every now and then
Man you would probably cringe watching me kick my wrenches across the floor to get them out of my creeper wheels.


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I can tell sizes by how dirty they are. The dirtier they are, the more I probably need them for whatever job I'm doing.
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I'm still perplexed by this notion of keeping a tool for life. Any tool maker worth their salt has a life time warranty program. Tool breaks, bam...brand new one...and it's clean.

The sentimental tools, fine I get that. But I can't say I've really ever used my grandfather's snappy stuff...so it's not like it gets dirty anyway.



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WD40, Dawn dish soap in a bucket of warm water, or Remington gun wipes. All depends on how dirty they are and what's close by when I finally get the project done and start putting the tools away.

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Dry rag wipe-down. If a mechanism starts getting choppy, I hose it out with brake cleaner, hit it with compressed air, followed by a shot of WD-40. My tools get used and they look the part. I buy the best I can, reasonably, afford, but, there are no "drawer queens" in my roll-away.
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I'm a technician at a jeep dealer and I abuse my tools most of the time, only clean them when they are really dirty. I have a SnapOn 3/8 electric impact gun and it's been dropped probably more that a 100 times, set on fire once(don't ask), covered in tranny fluid and still works as good as it did the day I bought it 3 years ago.


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you clean tools like a good seasoned cast iron skillet, wipe down with a rag and let it go.
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you clean tools like a good seasoned cast iron skillet, wipe down with a rag and let it go.
Ditto what ^he^ said.

Ratchets that stick or get dry, get a shot of ZEP45 and an extra wipe down.

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Plain old paper towel if something winds up on them. I don't go out of my way to give my tools a bath. 95% of my stuff is Craftsman so if it gets screwed up I just go get a free new one.


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