By Maria Trimarchi on March 02, 2018
So, you know power tools. Are you the consummate DIYer or weekend warrior? If you need a new table or bed, you don't run out to IKEA, you hit Home Depot. But, how much do you really know about your power tools and can you identify all of these power tools by their image?
The history of power tools begins in 1895, when engineers combined an electric motor with a manual drill. Not a big deal, right? Well, keep in mind this was only about 16 years after Thomas Edison invented the incandescent electric lamp. Now, this wasn't the easiest tool to use. It weighed nearly twenty pounds and required the operator to use two hands to hold it down while multi-tasking the device. In addition, it didn't go very fast. In fact, it was possibly so slow that it may have been ineffective. But, it was a start. By 1916, two- now-famous men, Black and Decker took the original concept electric drill and modified it using the Colt .45 handgun as an example to deliver a trigger-switch electric drill, essentially the granddaddy of all modern power tools.
The trip from the first power tool to the sander, drill and saws you now use is a long one built upon trial and error, lost fingers, and plenty of bumps and bruises along the way. Do you think you have what it takes to figure out all these modern power tools? There's no doubt you've seen them before and you've probably used many of them. But can you name them? Take this quiz to see if you are as handy as you think.