Saving Tool Manuals

By Robert Robillard on Workshop tips

2 compelling Reasons To Save Tool Manuals

I’ve been working with tools for over 30 years and have acquired a lot of tools over the years. Saving tool manuals was a thing I’ve always done for future repairs and part orders. I still do this today.

Tool Manuals Identify Parts – Schematics

While many manuals can be searched online, it is often faster for me to pull a manual to look at a part schematic for a replacement part. Saving tool manuals are also useful when needing to square up or adjust a tool. Just the other day I noticed my Rockler Pro Lift router place was dropping after I set it. A quick read of the manual instructed me to an adjustment that required a quarter-turn of a few set screws.

Proof Of Ownership If Tools Are Stolen

Another benefit is proof of ownership if stolen.  Who here saves tool receipts and can access them 4-8-10 years later?  Well, several years ago we experienced theft of tools in a local HD parking lot. The insurance company accepted tool manuals as proof of ownership and offered some compensation.

I keep some file organizers in my shop cabinet and store all the manuals in one location for quick access, it takes little effort and saves TIME dividends over the life of the tool.

Now that we’ve covered saving tool manuals, let’s look at labeling tools for organization and also quick access to replacement consumables.

Saving Tool Manuals video Tip

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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