If not cared for, a damaged screw extractor can become damaged easily. They can snap, bend or wear after constant use. They can also become obsolete prematurely even before they serve their purpose. It is, therefore, crucial that you maintain them to enhance their durability.
You should only use screw extractors for their intended purpose. Make sure you use the instructions that come with the instructor to find out what you can use the extractor for and how you can use it. If you force the extractor to do what it wasn’t meant to do you can make it bend snap or completely damage it.
After using the extractor, you should always wipe it down to remove any materials or shavings attached to it. This will keep it clean and prevent flutes from clogging on the extractor making it unable to grip on the fastener.
Storing the extractor
Your professional damaged screw extractor should be stored in a case they were supplied in or you should get a similar case for storing the extractor in case you lose the original one.
Screw extractors will wear out after using them for a lot of times. If they wear out, you should replace them because they won’t be effective if you use them. They might end up damaging the screw more if you force them to remove a damaged screw.
Go for quality
The rate at which the damaged screw extractor will wear out depends on the quality of the material used to make the extractor. Always go for extractors made of high-quality materials such as stainless steel. Stainless steel is resistant to rust and it is a hard metal. This means it won’t wear out faster compared to softer materials. Also, use the right size of the extractor to avoid damaging the screw more.