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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2010
Bought this extractor kit after one of the main bolts on rear rack of my commuter bike (bicycle) sheared off. I'm a pretty aggressive rider and since this is my rain bike I have plenty of gear loaded on the rack. This kit is really amazing BUT make absolutely sure you pre-drill that pilot hole deep enough! First few tries just weren't enough and I was very frustrated with the extractor. Since this was a pretty small bolt and not all that long I ended up drilling all the way through. Hammered the extractor in there an BAM, backed out no problem.

I suggest this quick test for pilot hole depth: If you hammer the extractor into the pilot hole and it's in there pretty well, doesn't wiggle around and feels solid, THEN you're ready to back it out. Otherwise the extractor will spin without biting.

Good luck!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2011
Don't expect these to be magical.

I am pretty easy on tools, but these aren't that tough.

On one stuck bolt, the first one I used broke without even giving up a fight. The 2nd one grabbed well, but then it bent like a piece of licorice.

I would recommend these for very light-duty work.

Fortunately Amazon was amazing in the return process.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2013
Admittedly, this is one person's experience so take this with a grain of salt. But I am completely satisfied with this product and definitely recommend it. I had a small bolt sheer off flush in a delicate piece of machinery. After trying a few stupid ideas to get it out with my tools on hand, I gave in and ordered these. I was a tad bit skeptical, but turns out I shouldn't have been. I recommend tapping a small indent first with a center punch; this makes guiding the drill bit easier. I did this, and was soon well on my way. After drilling the pilot hole, I tapped in the extractor with a few gentle hammer taps, then used some pliers to hand-rotate the extractor. It came out flawlessly, which saved me from some very ugly hack saw work. Again, I highly recommend this. There are videos online that show some of secrets to using this tool; I imagine it's possible to screw this up, so learn first and then go for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2008
I snapped a defective screw in the base of my 300.00 router, and in 15 minutes i was back in operation. I had my doubts, but this is the real deal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2014
I tried to remove 2 screws whose heads were stripped. Broke the smaller two bits. Perhaps it was my technique that was at fault, but I can't recommend these. Also, I had searched Amazon for left-handed bits, found this product in amongst the ads for left-handed bits, but never realized these were NOT what I was looking for. So now that I broke 2 I can resume my search.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2013
I had a Stainless Steel screw with the head broken off in the transom of my boat. Using the smallest drill in this kit along with cutting fluid and a good steady drill/hand, I was eventually able to drill a hole deep enough to use the extractor successfully. Stainless Steel is a pain to drill and takes time, but the drill bit did not burn out and/or go blunt.

Using Extractors/easy-outs is not a job for everyone, it is easy to apply crooked pressure and break them off inside the hole. For bigger stuff it easier to weld on an extra bolt but I did not have this option as I was working with a small screw in fiberglass/wood. That said for what these are I found them to be of good quality.
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on August 19, 2014
These extractors were VITAL for me, especially when in-store equivalents were MUCH more expensive. I had somehow managed to snap off the bolt holding on my ignition coil on my car - which was causing me a misfire. Luckily with amazon fast shipping and this set I was able to extract the bolt before any long drives needed to be taken.

If this had not worked, I may have been forced to drill into my cylinder head, which is never a good option, the bolt came out in under 5 minutes, half of which was reading the instructions and looking at it.
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on March 4, 2013
You would think that a bolt extractor would be made out of a stronger metal (its cobalt, I know). The mid-sized extractor broke off perfectly flush inside of a sheared bolt. I went through too many drill bits trying to drill it out to no avail. Skip these and find a reverse thread tap instead. It will save you so much time and money and won't leave whatever you're working on scarred with a broken bolt that will never come out.
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on January 2, 2014
I bought these to help with extracting a broken off truck antenna. Unfortunately, the bits are weak and the size I needed to use broke off in a few seconds. Now I have the other bits that I will probably never use.
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on February 8, 2014
The first screw I tried to remove with this set, the 5/64" screw extractor broke in torsion using a t-handle while applying very little torque. Extremely cheap metal used in this product.
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