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Quiz: Do you know how a power drill works?
by Staff
Almost every home has a power drill, one of the most common and versatile power tools on the market. Take a spin through our quiz to learn how it works and how to properly use it.

When was the first handheld drill developed?

  • 1905-03-08 23:00:00
  • 1905-04-19 23:00:00
  • 1905-05-02 23:00:00

What did the first drill weigh?

  • 16.5 pounds (7.48 kilograms)
  • 19 pounds (8.6 kilograms)
  • 29 pounds (13.2 kilograms)

Which well-known tool company invented the cordless electric drill?

  • Craftsman
  • Black & Decker
  • Snap-on

What could be considered a very unconventional use for a power drill?

  • paint mixer
  • noisemaker
  • surgery

At its most basic, how does a power drill work?

  • The incoming electricity is alternating current, and the resulting force field spins the chuck.
  • A motor, activated by a trigger switch, drives a rotating chuck.
  • The trigger switch creates a centrifugal force, and the resulting vortex turns the chuck.

What electrical measurement is used to rate corded power drills?

  • amps
  • watts
  • volts

Are variable speed triggers available on modern drills?

  • No, modern drills don't need them.
  • Cheap drills need variable speed triggers to avoid overheating.
  • Almost all except the cheapest models have variable speeds.

What does the clutch do?

  • ensures a firm grip on the drill bit
  • controls the rotational force of the drill
  • regulates the direction of drill's spin

If you hear a clicking sound when drilling, what does this usually indicate?

  • loose drill bit
  • faulty trigger mechanism
  • disengaged drill shaft

What is a hammer drill?

  • has both rotational force and hammer action
  • a slang term for a battery-powered drill that's run out of charge
  • a drill that doubles as a hammer

What is a chuck?

  • secondary clutch mechanism
  • mechanism into which you insert the drill bit
  • a slang term for a professional power drill operator

If you are given a twist bit, what material would you usually use it for?

  • concrete
  • marble
  • wood or metal

What material would you drill with a tungsten-carbide-tipped bit?

  • concrete or masonry
  • steel
  • plastic

What type of drill and drill bit will you need to put up shelves on a concrete wall?

  • variable speed cordless drill with any new bit
  • impact drill and a tungsten-carbide-tipped bit
  • corded drill with twist bit

What are torque, spanner, tri-wing, hex and torx all types of?

  • drill bits
  • types of chucks
  • heads of screws

How do drill accessories compare to a machine with the same function?

  • makeshift
  • exactly the same
  • far superior

What do larger twist bits tend to do when you begin drilling?

  • bite too quickly into the surface
  • wander across the surface
  • cause the chuck to make a clicking sound

After marking where you want to drill, what can you do to ensure an accurate entry point?

  • Clean the surface with detergent.
  • Put a piece of masking tape over the spot.
  • Create a small mark with a punch.

When would you use the reverse function of a drill?

  • to remove screws
  • to drill a cleaner hole
  • not recommended

If you need to drill through concrete in your house, should you choose a cordless or corded drill?

  • either
  • cordless
  • corded drill