Quiz: Do you know how a power drill works?

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When was the first handheld drill developed?

It was developed in Germany in 1895.

What did the first drill weigh?

The first power drill weighed in at 16.5 pounds (7.48 kilograms).

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

Black & Decker introduced the cordless drill in 1961.

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

Power drills have been used in emergencies as improvised surgical tools.

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

A trigger switch activates an electric motor that drives a rotating chuck. Many different accessories are available to drill holes, polish and so on.

What electrical measurement is used to rate corded power drills?

The higher the numbers of amps (amperage) for the corded drill, the more power it has.

Are variable speed triggers available on modern drills?

Some cheaper drills have single speed triggers, but the more costly models have variable speed triggers.

What does the clutch do?

The clutch regulates the torque or rotational force of the drill bit.

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

The clutch disengages the drill shaft when a preset clutch setting is reached, resulting in a clicking sound.

What is a hammer drill?

Also called an impact drill, this tool has a hammer action in addition to its rotational force and is typically used to drill holes in walls.

What is a chuck?

The chuck is a mechanism into which you insert the drill or screwdriver bit, which holds it tight.

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

Twist bits are usually used to drill wood or metal.

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

These durable bits are usually used for concrete or masonry.

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

You will need an impact drill and a tungsten-carbide-tipped bit.

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

These are all screw heads, the most common of which are flat head and Phillips.

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

Drill accessories provide a makeshift solution in a pinch, but they are not as effective as the actual machine.

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

They tend to wander across the surface being drilled.

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

Using a punch to create a small indentation will help you drill exactly where you intended.

When would you use the reverse function of a drill?

Reverse is typically used to remove screws.

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

A corded drill is typically more powerful, lighter and less expensive than its cordless counterpart.

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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.

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