Keeping Tools in Good shape

#1
I have noticed that my cutters have begun to stick more often than not. All of my stringing tools have come from the original set that ships with Gamma machines, and they are all pretty heavily rusted at this point. They all still do a good job, but have seen better days.

Additionally, my starting clamp is slipping when tension is pulled against it, and i'm wondering what I could do about that? It appears to have lost some of its gripping surface.

What do you do to maintain your tools, and what can I do?

Also, do they make these in stainless steel or anything higher quality than what I currently have?
 
#2
Your starting clamp probably needs to be cleaned real well. You can remove the springs easily to make the job easier. Use 91 %alcohol and scrub and soak the surface well. Starting clamps need to be cleaned regularly just like machine clamps.
The heavily rusted tools, I would just replace. How were they stored to rust on you?If kept in high humid environment, you may want to look to keep in another spot. Not good for machine as well.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
#3
Speaking on the starting clamp - are you cleaning it regularly with isopropyl alcohol? Otherwise, slipping can occur.

Bizarre that your tools are rusting. Where are they kept? I don’t do anything special with my tools (other than the starting clamps) - having my machine sitting inside, and covered when not being used is apparently sufficient. And when a tool does eventually break, I don’t often spend big coin. The side cutters I use, for example, are from harbor freight.
 
#4
Kept inside my apartment living room. I don't have the windows open unless it's low humidity, usually running the AC these days.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
#5
Wow. Well, I will say that Gamma tools generally are pretty decent. It surprises me a little that they have rusted, given that they have been kept inside as you say. Babolat tools are more expensive, but they are generally more substantial and durable than their Gamma counterparts. How old are said tools?
 
#6
You can clean your tool up with OOOO Steel wool. Then dunk them in your choice of oil. (Kroil works great!) Cycle them about 50 times. After you get them functional you can merely coat them with paste wax and they won’t rust. You WILL need to reapply it every so often.
 
#7
You can clean your tool up with OOOO Steel wool. Then dunk them in your choice of oil. (Kroil works great!) Cycle them about 50 times. After you get them functional you can merely coat them with paste wax and they won’t rust. You WILL need to reapply it every so often.
Thank you for the insight!
 
#8
Running a sharpening file through the edges on your cutters once in a while is gonna go a long way to keep the edge

as for the rust, im also looking into lubing it up with some common car grease

while its easier to just buy new, I also find it necessary to maintain everytool, with easy enough and practical solutions..
 

R15

New User
#9
Rust can also be removed by submerging the item in vinegar for a few days, it is a surprisingly cheap and effective rust remover.

Edited to add...I do not know the effect on any non-metal parts!
 
#10
You did say the tools are heavily rusted.
Heavily to me means a lot of rust, beyond fooling with being it is just a few hand tools.
This should have been spotted earlier before they were so bad, then options like those posted above would be reasonable.
You did also say they have seen better days.
The heavy rust and seen better days comments all seems to me sound like time to just get a few new tools. Not that expensive anyways.
Sounds like they were exposed to some dampness somewhere along the way.
And like I commented earlier take the starting clamp apart and clean real well with alcohol.
 
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