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The Ultimate Power Tools That Need Maintenance Quiz
by Staff
All good things in life require investment, care and commitment. The same holds true for your power tools. Treat them badly and they'll turn on you, but treat them lovingly with the correct maintenance and they'll see you through to old age.

What do you need to know if you're using an electric drill for a length of time?

  • You should have a weekly maintenance check, considering its heavy use.
  • It doesn't need maintenance even with heavy use.
  • You should allow it to cool down every now and then.

How do you keep the vents and motor of the electric hand drill clean?

  • You blow compressed air onto them.
  • You wipe them with a damp cloth.
  • You use alcohol to clean away impurities.

What can happen if there is a build-up of grime on your power sander?

  • It can do an imprecise sanding job.
  • It can give off fumes while in use.
  • It can overheat and stop working.

How often should you perform a maintenance check on your power sander?

  • once a month
  • after each use
  • twice a year

How do you prevent rusting on a drill press?

  • Always keep it dry.
  • Wipe the metal areas with oil or paste wax.
  • Rub the metal parts with an anti-oxidizer.

To keep the drill press in good working order, what oil should you drip into the bearing slots?

  • No. 20 SAE oil
  • virgin olive oil
  • WD-40

What is another name for the saber saw?

  • a tiger saw
  • a see saw
  • a jig saw

When using a saber saw, what must you do before engaging the blade in the work piece?

  • Let the motor reach maximum speed.
  • Make sure that the motor hasn't reached maximum speed.
  • Engage the safety mechanism.

How do you unblock fuel-cap vents in a chain saw?

  • with a simple hairdryer
  • with a toothpick
  • with compressed air

Why should you regularly check the carburetor of a chain saw?

  • to ensure that it's not rusting
  • to ensure that it stays sharp
  • to ensure that it's calibrated correctly

How do you sharpen the blades of a hedge trimmer?

  • You purchase a special hedge trimmer blade sharpener.
  • You use a smooth metal file.
  • You use a whet stone.

Why would you use a toothbrush on a hedge trimmer?

  • to polish the rough edges
  • to brush away dust from the motor and fan
  • to clean the teeth of the blades

What does the string trimmer run on?

  • kinetic energy or natural gas
  • carbon dioxide or lithium batteries
  • electricity or gasoline

Before you repair the string trimmer, you should drain the fuel into a metal container. What is the safest distance away to do this?

  • more than 3 feet (1 meter) from your work area
  • more than 6 feet (2 meters) from your work area
  • more than 10 feet (3 meters) from your work area

Your lawnmower has a four-stroke engine. How often should you drain and refill the crankcase?

  • after each use
  • after 25 hours of use
  • once a month

When you've finished mowing the lawn, what maintenance activity should you do?

  • Remove clumps of grass clippings from the machinery.
  • Oil the wheels.
  • Recalibrate the carburetor.

How do you figure out the appropriate care needed for your motorized garden tiller?

  • Ask the salesman.
  • Look in the manual.
  • Do an Internet search.

How do you clean the paper filters of your garden tiller?

  • Tap them onto a hard surface.
  • Wipe them with a damp cloth.
  • Brush them with a wire brush.

How often would you have to replace a snow blower if you take good care of it?

  • once in five years
  • never
  • every 10 years or so

How do you dry out the snow blower before storing it?

  • Leave it out in the sunshine and fresh air.
  • Blow it with a hairdryer.
  • Restart it and leave it on for a while.