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The gimmicky tools are out in force this time of year. The Gator Grip driver system is one of those gimmicky rigs that sounds a lot better than it performs most of the time. However, it does work some of the time, and as we’ve said in the past it only takes once to make a tool handy.

The big selling point here is that the Gator pin system will remove rusted or damaged nuts and bolts and will fit funky shapes such as wing nuts, hooks, or other oddball hardware. It utilizes 54 spring loaded steel pins arranged in a 3/4″ diameter socket to adjust to any shape. There are two real drawbacks; the first is that the pins tend to bend or move out the way on smaller bolts/high torque applications. Second, to use the big handle here you need a lot of top clearance to get the beefy bastard in place — which can be tough since stuck bolts normally live in hard-to-get-to spots.

That said, the set, which contains a 3/8 drive 3/4″ socket, driver handle, screwdriver attachment plate and four driver bits, is priced at about $18. If you want to try it out, it won’t break the bank; however, you could get an awful lot of socket gear at Harbor Freight for less.

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5 Responses to Gator-Grip Hex Driver

  1. Steve says:

    Note that the handle can be separated from the business end, which has a 3/8″ square drive as I recall. Made in USA also.

  2. SharkBreath says:

    I remember when the Gator sockets first came out. My wife thought it would be cool Xmas stocking stuffer. It broke the first time I used it.

  3. Steve says:

    I have the original Gator Grip, and really like it. I’ve never had a problem with it’s quality, and actually find it pretty durable.

    I like to keep it in my toolbox. That way I don’t have to go dig out my entire socket set if I come across a nut or bolt.

    Granted, it’s no replacement for a good socket set, and it does have it’s faults (try getting a grip on a nut that has even the slightest protrusion of a bolt through it)

    But it’s great to have to make quick work of multiple sizes of fasteners. You don’t have to take all kinds of time switching back and fourth between socket sizes.

    Just keep in mind it’s a supplement, not a replacement

  4. Gary says:

    Now if it was orange and blue I’ll bet a whole bunch of Gators would buy it…

  5. Craig says:

    It’s been a good seller for us at Garrett Wade (I see you used our picture, glad you like it). I agree, the Gator Grip, like a lot of tools can be just the thing for certain applications as many of you have mentioned. I’ve used it a few times on warn nuts and it’s worked well. The other nice part of the tool is you can take off the section that contains the pins and it’ll work with standard sockets

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