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Billy writes: “I’ve had RIDGID’s 10-piece set for years, and it’s helped me get out more broken off bolt nighmares then I can count.  EZ-outs and other conventional bolt removers have twisted flutes.  When you turn them into the bolt, they expand the bolt and actually make it even harder to remove.  These straight-splined extractors from RIDGID cure that.  They also come with a lifetime warranty.  Believe me: It’s the best money you can spend for a fastener extraction kit.  No serious shop can be without this.”

We’ve used EZ-outs and such in the shop for a while, but these appear to be worth a look.  I’d be interested to do some side-by-side testing to see Billy’s ideas in action.

They also sell as 25-piece set, though it doesn’t seem to make it to as many shelves; maybe the 10-piece is plenty.  The 10-piece (pictured) starts at around $75 street.

No. 10 Screw Extractor Set [RIDGID]
Street Pricing [Froogle]



2 Responses to Reader Find: RIDGID’s Screw Extractor Sets

  1. TimG says:

    Do the test! $75 is a fair bit of money to drop on these without knowing if they are actually better than EZ-outs (which we ALL hate!)

    Oh, and I’ve been waiting patiently for the next podcast.. you guys still doing them? I thought they were great!

  2. SlowJoeCrow says:

    You overlooked, or never encountered, the most valuable feature of these extractors. They are softer than the tapered style extractors so they will twist instead of snapping off if you over-torque them. A snapped off extractor in bolt can only be removed by spark erosion because it is too hard to drill (found out the hard way). I have a Snap-On branded version from 1989.

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