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We’ve grown accustomed to oddly named heavy-duty glues — Krazy Glue has been around for decades, and Gorilla Glue has claimed some market share in the last few years.  But a glue with a picture of a giant man in a diaper on it?  Has Loctite finally gone too far with their Sumo Glue?

Loctite markets their Sumo Glue as “stronger and 3 times faster than other glues,” which sounds a lot like claims made by Gorilla Glue.  Both Gorilla Glue and Sumo Glue are waterproof, they’ll bond to many different substances, and they dry translucent — the only noticeable difference is that Sumo Glue dries fully cured, without foaming up.

On the extremely humorous website, complete with talking Sumo voice, you can see a picture of Sumo Glue vs. the competition in a cured state — the competition is obviously a bottle of Gorilla Glue, turned sideways in an attempt to hide the label.  The Sumo Glue seems to resist expanding in volume as it cures, compared to the Gorilla Glue which did fluff up a bit.

If the claims of drying without expansion are true, then this does give woodworkers a reason to follow the way of the Sumo over the path of the Gorilla.  An 8oz bottle of Sumo Glue will run you $11, and it’s available at all major home improvement retailers.

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7 Responses to Sumo Glue By Loctite

  1. Jerry says:

    Maybe people should do a little research before choosing a name for a product. Sumo wrestlers are not – repeat not – famous at all for their strength or power. Rather, they are chosen for their physical size, most of which is pure fat. So, is this glue just a bottle of greasy, fatty, blubber?

  2. Kirstin says:

    I am not a big glue fan…I might just have to try this glue though, out of respect for the humor in the name.

  3. Brad Justinen says:

    Sumo glue is not new. It’s been out for at least 8 years. It cures pretty fast (a few months) once the seal is broken, regardless of how tight you keep your cap.

    @ DIY Forums

    Settle down with the SPAM comments, If you want to generate traffic, write some original articles about some “actually new” or interesting tools – instead of biting off of Toolmonger.

  4. austin says:

    I’ve tried it – and was not all that impressed. Since then I have tried Gorilla Glue (the clear that dries white) and have had better results. Either way there are some applications where plain old superglue just can’t be replaced.

  5. Frank Townend says:

    I had a heck of a time getting it out of the bottle.

  6. Anne says:

    On the name choice: actually, Sumo wrestlers are chosen for *exactly* their strength, power and speed. Honest. I’ve been to sumo tournaments in Japan, and, in spite of their size – which we generally associate with lack of athletic ability – these guys are quite amazing. The sport is made fun of a lot outside of Japan, but it is actually extremely difficult to do well, and under the yes, layers of fat, the wrestlers are athletes. Their extra weight is an advantage, given the rules of the sport, but they have to be able to move it around with surprising speed and agility to compete.

    That said, I’m still not sure it’s the best name for a glue – something strong, powerful and fast … buried under tons of extra mass! How is that attractive or glue-like? Maybe Loctite was going for the strength image – but for most of the American public, it would appear to backfire, due to the misconceptions surrounding the sport!

  7. David says:

    I used this glue to glue a 6 foot tall sandstone fountain together (layers of sandstone with copper plumbing passing through each layer) that will constantly be wet. The moisture exposure of the project joints and claim of adhesion to stone were my primary reasons for choosing this glue. The fountain has been running for about 2 weeks now and so far all seems well. I had glued a test piece prior to creating the actual fountain and it seemed to hold very well. I submerged the test piece and could not pull it apart by hand however when I applied a shear force, the glue failed (hit test piece from the side with a hammer) under dry conditions. I am hopeful this stuff holds up in the long term as I have a lot of money and time invested.

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