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Forum topic by USCJeff posted 09-11-2007 08:36 PM 1391 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2007 08:36 PM

I’m always skeptical of the “as-seen-on-tv” products. Too many great ideas seem to be junk cleverly marketed. I don’t do much mechanical work so my socket collection is basic. The GatorGrip idea seemed great but I didn’t buy it for a while due to being skeptical. Finally picked one up for about $15 and am very pleased. My thought was that the “retracting” pins would fail when a lot of torque is required. In short, they do not do a very good job on tough nuts. On typical fasteners that aren’t stubborn, it works as advertised. I recently had to take apart a lawnmower for repair and that involved 4 different sized hex nuts. The Gator got them all. Biggest flaw is that the grip is large in diameter (to make it more diverse) and doesn’t get into confined areas well.

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#1 posted 09-12-2007 05:11 AM

Interesting, I had wondered if they worked.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 09-12-2007 06:06 AM

I’m happy with it, but skips if you really muscle it. It slipped on a 4” lag bolt that was tight. To its defense, I had to use a steel pipe over a traditional wrench to add leverage to get it out. I’d like to try Irwin’s “Bionic” (I think that’s the name) wrench. It has 5 blocks that tighten as you squeeze the handle. I’m not sure if others make it or not. Saw it at Lowe’s. Seems like a good idea.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#3 posted 09-12-2007 06:06 AM

It’s a socket, therefore, I would lose it within 90 days of buying it. That is if history holds true.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 09-12-2007 03:43 PM

Too true, Mot. I’m still wondering where a small router bit I bought is hiding in my shop after several months of being MIA. I’m in a one-car garage. Not that many places to hide. Alas, it’s probably in a landfill somewhere.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#5 posted 09-12-2007 11:08 PM

Jeff , did you look down by the washing machine?
Some of my stuff seems to get there. <g>

Bob

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#6 posted 09-13-2007 01:08 AM

I’m actually quite adept at losing a tool that I was just using 5 minutes ago, when I haven’t moved my feet in 15.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 09-13-2007 04:24 PM

That’s funny Mot, I know the feeling. That’s why I like using those magnetic dishes that got me into trouble with my laptop as I said in another post. Double-edged sword apparently.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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