Use: Extracts screws with stripped heads
Cost: $19.95 + $6.95 S&H = $26.90 total
In my many years as a remodeler, I’ve found nothing more aggravating than trying to remove a screw that has a stripped head, so I was eager to put the Grabit screw extractor from Alden to the test.
The Grabit can be used on both slotted and Phillips head screws. It has a cone shaped drill bit on one end, that’s used to drill a hole in the screw head, and a matching screw extractor on the other end to remove the screw from the hole.
To use the Grabit screw extractor:
- Chuck the Grabit in a variable speed, electric drill with the drill bit end of the tool facing out.
- Set the drill on reverse and use the drill bit to drill out the center of the screw head.
- Remove the Grabit from the drill, and flip it around so the screw extractor is facing out.
- Set the drill on reverse, put the extractor in the hole, and slowly back the screw out.
The Grabit is available in several different sizes and models. While it isn’t cheap, it did a great job of removing stripped screw heads in my test, earning it a special spot in my toolbox.