Long-term Tool Storage

I am in the Navy and am being sent overseas for 2-1/2 to 3 years. I will not be able to bring all my tools, specifically table saw, planer, jointer, band saw, and probably some hand tools, both electric and other. Is there something special I should do to the tools prior to putting them in storage? I am concerned about rust and parts getting ‘gooped’ up from lack of use.

Michael Dresdner: Since moisture is the enemy here, try to find a dry storage facility. It is a good idea to treat all the unpainted metal parts with a thin coat of oil to help prevent rust. Remove the blades from all saws, especially the band saw, and release anything under tension. Plan to check, and if necessary, replace, the belts and rubber parts on all the tools once you get back to woodworking.

Rob Johnstone:¬†Coat all the metal areas with oil. Be diligent in your application and plan to spend a bit of time upon your return to get everything all cleaned up. In my opinion, this is one of those times when ‘more is better.’ The object is to apply a coating of oil to keep moisture away from exposed metal parts. Rust never sleeps is not just a great album title.

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