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Ontel Gopher 2 Pick-Up and Reaching Tool
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- Extendable gripping tool for use around the home
- Easy-to-use trigger enables a sure grip
- Suction-cupped "fingers" grab securely
- Rotating arm adjusts for tight spaces
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Deluxe Gopher 2 (Gopher II) Pick-Up and Reaching Tool The Deluxe Gopher II Pick-Up and Reach Tool is an indispensable household helper. New rotating head feature makes it perfect for tight spaces! This simple, easy-to-use grabbing tool features an extendable, rotating arm that enables users to reach hard-to-get items without bending, climbing, or straining. Perfect for use around the home and yard, the Deluxe Gopher II has a comfortable handle with large trigger that activates two suction-cupped gripping "fingers" when squeezed. Avoid painful or dangerous reaching situations with this lightweight, durable tool. Features: Rotating head for tight spaces Pick up down low Reach up high Get into hard to reach areas Suction cups for better grip Folds easily for storage Includes: 1 x Deluxe Gopher 2 (Gopher II) Pick-Up and Reaching Tool
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I've was involved in creative design work my whole life. I have just received my Gopher and have had an adequate amount of time to inspect it and it appears to be a good design to me. For $10 it's a steal.
I have never seen the other attempts at solving this same problem, but the Gopher looks like a very clean and workable design. The aluminum arms are reinforced with deep grooves that make them stronger for lifting heavier objects without adding excess weight. It's heavy enough to work, but not too heavy to use. An obvious proven design.
The rubber cups that are used to grasp things is an ingenious way to solve a complex problem. Who would have thought that suction cups were good for anything other than for holding up window ornaments.
Rubber cups have always been a problem for fasteners. I assume that the manufacturer of this product has used some sort of adhesive to join the cup screws with the rubber cups. It's the weak part of the unit, but an unavoidable one. If they'd used a metal plate inside of the cup, to lock the retaining screw into place, it would have limited the flexibility of the cups. So, I'll watch them and see how they do over time. Eventually though the cups will dry out and become brittle, but at $10 one can afford to replace the unit every few years, or even buy more than one for backup.
One subtle aspect of this unit is that the folding portion of the shaft is lockable, so no worry about the unit collapsing in the middle of picking something up. I found this feature accidentally by noticing some printing on the collapsing button half way down the unit's arm. It's black on black but if you get it in the light correctly you'll see it says "Push to lock." It's a good idea that only comes from experience.
Another nice feature is that the handle will rotate giving the user unlimited choices as to how they want to personally use the Gopher. All in a $10 item.
I am new to this business of being handicapped. It's amazing, my wife will set something down on the coffee table, where I am seated nearby on the couch, but if it is farther away than the length of my arm I can't reach it. My back was severely broken from a fall a while back and I just had my left hip replaced. I'm not eligible for surgery because of my limited Lung capacity, so I've just had to deal with my screwed up back. So, just leaning forward can be very painful. But with the Gopher I can reach anything on the table. It's like I just lengthened my arms by three feet. It's great!
I've heard it said before, but people should try to be handicapped for an afternoon just to see what we experience every day. They'd come away with a new awareness of what the handicapped face every day.
Reviewers tend to be a little myopic when judging an items worth. Considering the potential durability and low cost of this unit I am very pleased with my purchase and would recommend it to anybody in need.
*** UPDATE ***
After owning my Gopher for months now and getting one for my neighbor we are both pleased. I wouldn't want to live without it.
The rubber suction cups allow me to pick up sheets of paper that have fallen to the floor by sliding the paper up against my foot, or the wall, and then the edge of the rubber cup slips under the edge of the paper. I couldn't do that with all the other reachers I'd tried over the years, since they used hard plastic.
If you're hesitating to buy a reacher because you're "too young" or "not disabled enough yet" I recommend you give in and buy this product. It's so much easier for me to clean the house, get the laundry up out of the washing machine, and find objects that have rolled behind or under the furniture! My daughter (age 7) even loves to help clean using the Gopher, and finds and grabs her lost items under the sofa easily. She's also used it to get a book off a high shelf, and in the kitchen to grab boxes from a high cupboard. (Supervise your child if they're grabbing stuff, of course!)
With the old Gopher, the suction cups did sometimes pop off, but were easily reattached. At one point both the screw and suction cup from one side rolled somewhere and got lost, I replaced it with a regular window suction cup and a self-tapping (pointy) wood screw. When I received the new reacher, I unscrewed both suction cups, added some Tacky glue and re-screwed them. They show no signs of wobble at all! (Loctite Thread Locker won't work because you're dealing with rubber not just metal, so you need a multi-purpose glue.)