Thursday, February 22, 2007

Gator Grip Universal Socket

Product Description
I received the Gator Grip as a Christmas gift last year. From the website,
GATOR-GRIP Does The Work Of Many Tools, sets of sockets (both english and metric), standard and locking pliers, and an entire range of open end wrenches.

Why waste time searching for the correct tool when one socket can do the work of a whole set? The ingenious Gator Grip makes half of your toolbox obsolete! It fits virtually anything. The one socket fits fasteners of almost any shape - square, hex, wing nuts, cup hooks, eye screws and even broken, stripped and rusted nuts other wrenches can't move.

No more reaching into your tool box, grabbing socket after socket until you find one that fits. The Gator Grip instantly conforms and locks onto any shape nut, bolt or fastener. It won't slip off nuts or strip them. With Gator Grip, you get the job done fast with no hassle and little effort.
The revolutionary socket design automatically adjusts to fit any nut or bolt from 1/4" to 3/4" , 7-19 mm! Works great on metric, standard, wing nuts, broken nuts, stripped nuts, eye bolts, square nuts, hexes and more! Save Time! Save Work! Save Hassles with GATOR GRIP!
Gator Grip Socket
Ratchet Wrench

What it costs $17.95 (plus $7.95 shipping and handling) has it for $16.49

Ease of assembly 5 Stars
You need to put the Gator Grip Socket onto the Ratchet Wrench.

Ease of use 5 Stars
The Gator Grip fits on top of nuts and conforms to their shape. That means you don’t have to search for the correct wrench.

Actual performance 4 Stars
There are a few short comings with the Gator Grip. First, if you are trying to remove a nut that is deep on a bolt (i.e. the bolt sticks out above the nut), the Gator Grip might not work. The bolt can stop the Gator Grip from seating down onto the nut. The Second issue I found with the Gator Grip was the strength that I was able to apply to a nut. If the nut was really tight or rusted on solid, the Gator Grip would slip. That happens because the pins are spring mounted. For the average do it your self person, this would be good for tightening a bolt on a fence lock, or setting the bolts on a swing set (which I have done both with the Gator Grip). I also can see a practical use for this with bicycle repairs.
For automotive repairs, the Gator Grip comes up short and I depend upon my crescent wrenches. Much of this review has been toward the socket portion of the Gator Grip. The ratched wrench is the other part of this tool. I found it to be smooth and worked well. Not better then a Snap On or Craftsman ratchet wrench but they are in a higher price bracket.

Final thoughts on practicality
Is the Gator Grip worth $25??? No. Will it replace all your other wrenches??? No. Is it a handy tool when you need to quickly snug down or loosen a nut??? Yes. You won’t be repairing your car with the Gator Grip but if you don't have much space to store tools, the Gator Grip might be the one wrench to add to your toolbox to get your house hold jobs done.
Again I have a problem with the Shipping and Handling from the folks at website. ($7.95 is too much for shipping and handling). If you want the Gator Grip, check around as I have seen it around in stores from time to time.

Final Score
4 stars out of 5

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