How to pack power tools and equipment?

Oh, how tedious and overbearing the entire moving and packing process is. During this period of time, you will lack everything but obligations. You’ll have to find the best cross country moving companies, buy packing supplies, and then use them up for packing all of your items. And there won’t be many of them that will present a challenge bigger than the one you will face when getting ready to pack power tools and equipment. What makes this ordeal so difficult? The fact that, if not handled properly, these same tools can be a real safety hazard. And that’s the last thing you need.

Sort, sell and then organize

Even without taking a look into your garage we bet we know what’s inside. In there, you have every single piece of junk you have accumulated over the years. Mind you that rusty metal can do some real harm to your health, and the health of your mover, which is why it should be immediately thrown out. When it comes to all those tools you have in spades, you need to be rational.

A vintage car in a garage.
As much as you think you thrive in the mess, you’ll be surprised how much you’ll love the new, organized look.

Sort through your power tools and equipment, and decide which are the items you REALLY need. Not the ones you think you’ll be able to find a purpose for, but the ones you actually use. And we can bet that this way, you’ll get rid of at least half of your items. And what to do with the items you decide you don’t need after all? The answer is quite simple – have a garage sale. Not only will you earn a few bucks but also let bygones be bygones and say goodbye to your old tools.

Once everything is sold out, the real work begins. You’ll have to organize your power tools and equipment and get them ready for packing. Here, you only have two choices:

  1. Pay for packing services
  2. Pack in the good old DIY style

Find a moving company in due time

You’ve decided to let professionals carry the entire burden of packing power tools and equipment? Good choice. Right now, the only thing you have to do is find a few good candidates, get a free quote from all of them, compare the estimates, and choose one. In a lot of ways, going for this option was the easy way out. Packing by yourself is the hard one.

A black alarm clock.
You don’t have as much time as you think you do, so hurry up before it runs out!

How to pack power tools and equipment by yourself

Okay, so you decided to take the road less traveled. Good for you! We don’t plan to leave you alone to fend for yourself. Follow our tips and you’ll have your tools and power equipment packed in no time!

Start by gathering quality packing materials

Quality is the operative word here. You won’t be able to pack blades and power tools in moving boxes that are old, torn, and wet. Even though you don’t like to spend money that you may not have, it’s really important to buy new supplies for packing power tools and equipment. And that doesn’t apply to just cardboard boxes – it also includes protective packaging materials. Oh, and one more thing – don’t be frugal, and buy supplies galore. You’ll use up all of them.

Take apart those tools that can be taken apart

What is the first rule of residential moving and preparing for it? It’s to disassemble all the pieces that can be taken apart. It’s much easier to transport a large piece in parts, as it will be lighter and it will take up less space. Although it’s important to mention that you should pay a lot of attention while doing it. You have to remember which part went where, as well as safely pack all the small parts like screws into ziplock bags. These little things get lost so easily and yet they are crucial for putting a piece back together.

A drill with screws.
Some tools you won’t be able to take apart, and you shouldn’t force it.

Be very careful when packing gas-powered tools

Did you know that gasoline is one of the items that are on the list of the prohibited items for movers to move? That means that, in order for you to transport your mower or a leaf blower, you’ll first have to empty it out of all the fuel. Which will be very easy if you use the hand pump that was designed for that purpose. After you drain your gas-powered tools, make sure to take them apart and wrap every piece in protective packaging. In fact, that’s the thing you should do with your every power tool and piece of equipment you own – wrap it in a double layer of protective materials. 

When you pack power tools and equipment, make sure every sharp edge is covered

Remember the beginning of this article, when we mentioned how to pack power tools and equipment can be dangerous? This is what we had in mind. Grazing yourself on a rusty blade could easily mean a trip to the ER. That’s why you need to cover every blade and wrap it into plastic bubbles. Once you safely put it inside a quality moving box, make sure you mark that box somehow. Everyone involved in the moving process should know that they have to be careful around that container. And, of course, keep your children away from power tools and garden equipment. As an adult, you know how to be cautious and keep yourself safe. It would be ludicrous to expect that from underage kids.