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Greetings all first and for most thank you all for a great community and a information packed forum with people always eager to help out each other with advice unfortunately i am not experienced enough to give advice or answer questions but hopefully one day I will be.

My question and concern is recently Ive moved out of my basement which maintained a comfortable temperature never below 55ish in winter to a metal shed that is not insulated this morning it was 41 out and my thermometer read 35.6 so I know when it gets colder out my shop is going to drop way below 32 .

My concern is not for myself but for my tools I have kept the big tools in the basement as a kind of mill shop my band saw/table saw/planer/scroll saw etc in there also my wood storage is in there also.

So my main concern is my hand held power tools and also non power tools but not as much as the power tools.

Do i need to move my tools into the basement in winter or shall they be fine in that below freezing temp threw winter I do plan on maybe using them over winter but not sure yet depends how I feel at the time to be honest so they might not be used at all also my shop light is hanging from the main roof beam do i need to remove that also?

Also while we are talking about temp's in summer here in missouri sometimes it gets as hot as 110+ will that also be an issue for my tools etc in the outside shop as it will probably climb to 125+ im assuming as it is basically a big metal oven if anything like the metal shed i keep my mowers etc in?

sorry if this sounds like a stupid question but it has only been this year that I have started to build up my tools before that my tools consisted of the basic home tool kit, hammer/screwdriver/pliers etc and was kept in a tool box in the closet this is the first time I have had to be concerned about actual power tools being kept outside or hand tools for that matter.

Thanks in advance for your replies and sorry for it being such a long drawn out questions but i wanted to give as much info as possible.

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Hi Paul

It's not a big deal many contractors haul the tools around in the back of a pickup/trailer, etc.


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Greetings all first and for most thank you all for a great community and a information packed forum with people always eager to help out each other with advice unfortunately i am not experienced enough to give advice or answer questions but hopefully one day I will be.

My question and concern is recently Ive moved out of my basement which maintained a comfortable temperature never below 55ish in winter to a metal shed that is not insulated this morning it was 41 out and my thermometer read 35.6 so I know when it gets colder out my shop is going to drop way below 32 .

My concern is not for myself but for my tools I have kept the big tools in the basement as a kind of mill shop my band saw/table saw/planer/scroll saw etc in there also my wood storage is in there also.

So my main concern is my hand held power tools and also non power tools but not as much as the power tools.

Do i need to move my tools into the basement in winter or shall they be fine in that below freezing temp threw winter I do plan on maybe using them over winter but not sure yet depends how I feel at the time to be honest so they might not be used at all also my shop light is hanging from the main roof beam do i need to remove that also?

Also while we are talking about temp's in summer here in missouri sometimes it gets as hot as 110+ will that also be an issue for my tools etc in the outside shop as it will probably climb to 125+ im assuming as it is basically a big metal oven if anything like the metal shed i keep my mowers etc in?

sorry if this sounds like a stupid question but it has only been this year that I have started to build up my tools before that my tools consisted of the basic home tool kit, hammer/screwdriver/pliers etc and was kept in a tool box in the closet this is the first time I have had to be concerned about actual power tools being kept outside or hand tools for that matter.

Thanks in advance for your replies and sorry for it being such a long drawn out questions but i wanted to give as much info as possible.



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The only thing I'd be concerned with would be condensation caused rust. Especially if the tools aren't used regularly.

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Missouri is a very humid state I used to live there (Bolivar area) My main concern would be rust.. I would coat the metal surfaces(table saw tops and etc.) with some WD-40 or T-9 and then apply a coat or too of paste wax.. and then your set.. Oh and don't let your air-compressor freeze. drain or bring it inside.

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True, contractors drag their tools all over the place during the winter, however they also tend to use them on a regular basis and regular use keeps tools healthy.

Moisture is the major concern, south facing windows can warm air enough to make it available. Warm/er air, cold tool = condensate. I might consider sealing the tool in a garbage bag.

During the winter my dehumidifier pulls a gallon out of the air about every 2 weeks, during the summer about 2 gallons a day..

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Just keep a coat of paste wax or other protectant on them to prevent the rust and they'll be fine.

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Thank you all for your answers, having to peck at the keyboard so wont be to long of a reply oscillating spindle sander bite the tip off my index finger today lol walnut fell out the tree and hit top of my metal work shop scared the crap out of me needless to say finger hit the sander lol.

I might buy a couple of those big coolers to stick them inside should act as a insulated storage box what you guys thinks should that help cut down on the rust issue?
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I haven't had too much of a rust issue except when I Heated the shop to work in it and then turned the heat off when I was done. This caused a lot of condensation which caused a lot of rust. If you don't heat the shop then you should be OK, but do use the wax on the tables of the big tools. I would NOT recommend using WD-40 as a rust inhibitor It is a moisture displacer no an inhibitor.In the long run it will cause more rust than using nothing at all. The better bet is the T-9, Best is Paste Wax.
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