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Posted on Year+ Long Tool Storage

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#1 posted 03-16-2010 04:58 PM

I once had to store all my tools for a year and a half, when I moved to Canada. If you use the typical storage facility, you will encounter a layer of dust on everything; in my case black Dakota soil. Those metal buildings let the wind go right through them along with dust and moisture. I’d suggest wrapping things in garbage bags and taping them securely, if possible. Use ziplok bags for small, expensive items like router bits, etc. I wiped all cast iron with a rag dampened with motor oil and that worked, because every surface that I missed with the rag had a light film of rust. Be sure to keep things elevated off the floor, especially if it’s concrete. You are wise to consider your plan to sell off the heavy stuff…especially if you’re paying for storage. I paid $2430 for a year and a half of 10’ X 10’ storage. I coulda had a new Unisaw with that money, and should have stored all the irreplaceables in a much smaller unit. It’s like buying your stuff all over again if you have to pay for storage. You’ll take a much bigger hit financially if you liquidate your small stuff, than the big stuff. It’s expensive to get it all replaced, and will nickel-and-dime you forever. Doesn’t the military have some sort of program to help personnel store possessions while on tour of duty?
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