Grabit Damaged Screw and Bolt Remover: Does it Work?

By Lauren Keith
The Grabit Damaged Screw and Bolt Remover promises to end the frustration when a screw becomes stripped....or worn and you can't get it out.
"First, you've got to put, according to the directions, the drill side in," says my tester, Dan Todt.
Dan Todt of Southeast Fabricating, Incorporated is a steel man by trade, and a "do-it-yourselfer" at home.  He agreed to purposely strip some screws for our test.  We have  #10 inch and a quarter wood screws with Phillips heads as well as a rusted hex-head bolt, all screwed into different types of wood and steel.
Getting too technical?  Hold on....just wait.  Bottom line: this tool should help pull the now useless screws right on out.
"Leave your drill in reverse," notes Todt.
That's the key during this whole process.  Basically, take a guess on what size bit you want to use.  First use the drill side of the Grabit to make a hole in your stripped screw.
"Then you gotta switch out this tool to the other side and put in the extracting side of the Grabit.  That side *should* pull out the stripped screw," explains Todt.
He starts drilling, and...
"There it is. It came right out," says Dan.
So the Grabit did pull the wood screw out of pine much to Dan's surprise.
"I am surprised, but that was soft wood.  Let' see what happens next," he says.
Here goes the test on the stripped screw inside the oak.  He starts driling before the Grabit just won't budget the screw.
"I'm keeping the drill in reverse, and we may have met our match!" says Dan.
But the tool man he is, Dan knows to tighten the torque on his drill which makes all the difference.
"That's good. It came out," he says.
Finally...there's no hole at all to drill the Grabit into on the rusted hex head bolt, but that shouldn't matter according to the commercial.
"I don't know though," predicts Dan.
He uses several different bits to drill a hole into the bolt....with no luck.  He thinks a center-punch tool would work better.
"I really don't want to say it's worth $30. I wouldn't spend $30," says Dan.
While Dan agrees this might work for the average home-owner, he's not impressed with the price tag, especially since there are already numerous tools like this on the market.  Locally, some sell for $20 less than this!
Also, our Heartland News Executive Producer gave it a try on some of his home projects and he couldn't get it to work at all.  He tried to take some stripped screws out of a desk drawer, and the Grabit didnt' work at all.
So, Grabit you "pull" a C plus based on your price tag and for only living up to part of your claim on this Does it Work test.  If it were me, I'd shop around for a cheaper version and expect the product to work on some products, but not all.  I ordered this online, but I've seen it sold in the Heartland at Wal-Mart and Walgreens.