Getting trim nailer and compressor ready for use after 1-2 years in storage

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Forum topic by jtrz posted 01-03-2017 09:59 PM 954 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2017 09:59 PM

I’m setting up a mini workshop in the basement where I live and I am getting all my tools ready for use once again.

I have a 2 dewalt trim nailers (D51236 and D51238) and a Dewalt Emglo air compressor (D55141) that have been stored in my parents basement and not used for maybe a 1.5 years. I want to make sure that I get these tools properly lubricated and ready for use after being in storage for so long. The air compressor was emptied of air when I stored it and when I opened the side valve the other day nothing came out so that is good. There is a little surface rust on the two couplers. Some on the inside and some on the outside.

This compressor type is supposed to be lubricant free but I am just wondering if I should try to clean up some of the rust before use.

Really I am just looking for advice on what I should do to get these tools ready for more frequent use. On the whole they all look to be in good shape I am pretty sure I could probably just use them right now but I am thinking long term and want to make sure that they last.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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#1 posted 01-03-2017 10:10 PM

Compressor should be fine the way it is. As for the nailers, flood them with oil before you use them. If you are feeling spunky, you can break them down and make sure the o-rings and other bits get good and lubed, but probably not necessary You should be able to get air tool oil at any hardware store, the BORG, or even HF.


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#2 posted 01-03-2017 10:20 PM

Thanks for the reply.

I have some air compressor oil, detergent free. Could I use that? Brand is Campbell Hausfeld if that makes a difference.


-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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