Power tools freezing in garage?

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My shed is a little damp & often in winter after a mild spell we get a cold snap, any exposed metal surfaces get a thin film of frost especially circular saw blades, metal bases etc, bringing them somewhere warm then results in wet tools, since wrapping them I have not seen another rusty tool in the shed, I also do the same for my hand saws, garden shears & other similar items. Only takes a few seconds to wrap them up...come spring I just toss the old papers away.
As far as powertools go just bringing them in from extreme cold to warmth is enough to make condensation form on all the cold metal parts, under some conditions a very light duty tool such as a dremel or other multitool with ultra fine field & armature windings & push together field contacts & switches can short out quite easily just from condensation. Heavier duty tools will probably not be effected at all & the condensation will evaporate as soon as the motors components warm up slightly.
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environment I have sprayed Boeshield t-9 rust preventive all over the cast surfaces.
Bob McBreen
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Rob, my power tools and hardwoods (ash and oak) have withstood the cold here in No. Mn. for years without problems. They do better than I do.
John
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On 17 Nov 2003 12:09:00 -0800, rob snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net (rob) wrote:

A problem I encountered was not so much severe cold, but a cold front coming through. Moisture condensed on the cast-iron tables and fence of my almost brand-new jointer and it had a coat of rust the next time I saw it.
Took some steel wool and elbow grease to clean it up. That was 30 years ago, but I still remember it. :-(
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On 17 Nov 2003 12:09:00 -0800, rob snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net (rob) scribbled

I live in the Yukon where it gets to 40 below zero (ackshally to 87 below, but that was only once and a long time ago). My only advice is to avoid licking your tools when it's very cold. :-) Oh, I've also heard that steel gets very brittle somewhere around 40-50 below, but I have never experienced metal failures due to that, so it might not be true.
Hot humid weather and a cool garage are much more likely to be damaging to your tools than cold (Rust). As long as your garage is warmer than outside (even by a degree or two), you should be OK.
Also, solid phase H2O is an excellent wood glue, stronger than wood and easily reversible. The procedure is the same as with hide glue . It works really well as long as the temperature stays below 0 degrees Celsius (32F). :-) In other words, keep your wood relatively dry so it doesn't stick together.
I also haven't had any problem with cordless battery tools left in the cold shop, but they are Milwaukee and Bosch, so YMMV.
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