The Ultimate Power Tool Quiz

By: Tracy V. Wilson

The Ultimate Power Tool Quiz
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So, you think you know your power tools? You would never confuse a disc sander with a random orbit sander, right? Show your stuff. Read our descriptions of these power tools and see if you can figure out what we're talking about.
The most popular woodworking tool -- used for carving work, joinery and cutting edges, among many other things.
router
Routers are pretty much the most versatile tool out there -- most people who are even halfway serious about woodworking have a good selection of them for different jobs.
table saw
jointer

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Makes cuts in wood with a spinning circular blade whose angle can be adjusted.
chainsaw
back saw
miter saw
A miter saw's spinning blade is set at a 90-degree angle, but you can change the angle using the miter index.

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Attaches two pieces of wood by cutting a narrow hole in the edge of each piece, into which you insert a wooden "biscuit" covered in glue.
biscuit welder
biscuit attacher
biscuit joiner
Yes, it does sound like something you'd use in the kitchen, but a biscuit joiner is for wood -- please don't try to cook with it.

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Comes in pistol-grip, T-shape and right-angle handle styles.
hand saw
disc sander
power drill
Everyone needs a drill, right? One of the first things you should decide when buying one is what kind of handle you like best.

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Uses compressed air to tighten a nut or bolt, for example.
air wrench
impact wrench
An impact wrench can make your tightening or unscrewing job a whole lot easier.
power wrench

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Can cut curves and custom shapes into wood.
jigsaw
It's actually pretty difficult to cut a straight line with a jigsaw, which is a common saw for cutting curves and designs.
radial arm saw
miter saw

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Are available in "stick" or "coil" style.
disc sanders
nail guns
Nail guns are the answer when a plain old hammer just won't do. "Stick" and "coil" refer to how the nails are loaded into the gun.
hammer drills

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Spins a piece of material (like wood, glass or metal) so you can create a symmetrical object.
lathe
The lathe was the first power tool -- the ancient Egyptians used them. Baseball bats and candlesticks are produced on lathes, and pottery wheels are a type of lathe.
grinder
rotary tool

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Has a selection of bits for cutting, carving, polishing and sanding.
router
rotary tool
If you're looking to round out your power tool collection, you definitely need a rotary tool. Among other things, these versatile tools can cut fiberglass and marble, shape metal, remove grout and strip old paint.
grinder

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Has a blade that cuts with a push-pull motion.
miter saw
chainsaw
reciprocating saw
A reciprocating saw's blade has a foot at its base to help you take advantage of the push-pull motion. You can use them to cut tree branches, and they're also common in demolition jobs.

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