One of my personal pet peeves is old worn fasteners. It’s not the bolts’ fault so much as the guy or gal who probably didn’t have the right tool and stripped it. The new Bolt Biter Extraction Sockets provide a simple solution to this common problem.

GearWrench Bolt Biter Extraction Sockets don’t cut and dig into rounded fasteners using sharp one-direction spiral design blades as other extraction sockets do. Instead, the tapered internal flutes of incrementa­lly sized Bolt Biter sockets fit snugly over stripped or corroded fasteners, gripping even the most rounded shapes to turn and remove them.

Because Bolt Biter sockets grip instead of cutting and digging, there are four major benefits:

1 The socket is simply placed onto the rounded fastener; no hammering onto the fastener is needed.

2 It is much easier to disengage the socket from the fastener once the fastener is removed.

3 A bi-directiona­l design allows you to not only remove a damaged, rounded or weathered fastener, but also reuse it, especially important if the fastener is a non-standard part.

4 These sockets have up to ten times the life of cutting-type extraction sockets, which quickly become dull and unusable.

You can use them with both hand and power tools, as they incorporat­e a square drive with a hex outer shape for easy use with an impact gun, ratchet, wrench or pliers.

GearWrench Bolt Biter Extraction Sockets are available individual­ly and in 8, 15 or 28-piece sets. www.gearwrench.com

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