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.