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Mortar rake maintenance and care

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One of the biggest mistakes people make is not looking after their tools!
Mortar rakes are designed to wear down the mortar between the brickwork and as a result they will wear down themselves         Mortar rakes wear down at different rates—this depends on what type of mortar you are raking and the length of time you are raking for Mortar rakes are designed to wear down the mortar between the brickwork, and as a result will wear down themselves.

Mortar rakes wear down at different rates depending on the type of mortar you are raking, how the mortar rake has been manufactured, and the length of time you are raking for.

Follow the instruction manual for how to store and when to  dispose of each mortar rake—their life span will vary! It is always a good idea to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when deciding how to store your mortar rakes and when to replace them. However, Wonkee Donkee has provided some general guidelines.
WARNING! DO NOT attempt to remove the mortar rake from the power tool immediately after use as it will be extremely HOT and will burn you.   Remove the mortar rake once the tool has cooled off and do any brushing when the mortar rake is completely cool! Please note: You should not attempt to remove the mortar rake from the power tool immediately after use as it will be extremely hot and could burn you. Always remove the mortar rake after it has had time to cool down.
Use a soft brush to brush off any excess mortar dust / debris  - if you leave this on it will prevent the gritted / cutting mortar rake from being able ability to grind / cut away at the mortar Use a soft brush to remove any excess mortar dust that may be trapped between the flutes or grains on a mortar rake.

Over time, a build-up of dust or debris will prevent the mortar rake from being able to grind/cut away mortar efficiently.

Brush all the way around the tool including the shank so that no dust is preventing the tool being cleanly attached to the power tool.

Most mortar rake cutting / grinding sections are either tipped or made from solid Tungsten Carbide, or coated in diamond. Neither of these materials rust. Therefore it is not so urgent that they are oiled. However, applying tool lubricant or oil to the shank of the tool will be helpful as this section is usually made out of steel. Steel rusts and so it is a good idea protect that part of the tool so that it can continue fitting smoothly onto the power tool. Most mortar rake cutting or grinding sections are either tipped or made from solid tungsten carbide, or coated in diamond. As neither of these materials rust, it is not absolutely necessary to oil them.
Always store in a cool, dry environment, away from other tools that are likely to damage the cutting / grinding surface of the mortar rake. Always store in a cool, dry environment, away from other tools that are likely to damage the cutting/grinding surface of the mortar rake.
Do not store Tungsten Carbide and Diamond mortar rakes together because the gritted diamond mortar rake will scratch the Tungsten Carbide tool. Do not store tungsten carbide and diamond mortar rakes together, as the gritted diamond mortar rake could scratch the smooth surface of the tungsten carbide tool.