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Old 08-01-2021, 06:38 AM
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Default A cheap tool I can't live without

I can't remember where I got hip to this tool, but for certain tasks it's changed my life. Hartmann alligator forceps are like tiny needle-nose grabbers on the end of a long thin shaft. They're perfect for retrieving dropped items from tight spaces, they can pick up things that won't stick to a magnet, and they're ideal for installing nuts and washers in places where you can't get your fingers. Just yesterday I used mine to start the nuts way down at the bottom of the spar carrythrough, and they made an otherwise tough job a snap.

The ones I have are 14 inches long, and I paid all of $16 for them from Amazon (click here). They're surprisingly nice quality and seem like they should last a long time if I don't abuse them. Not a tool I reach for every single day, but definitely one of those "when you need it, you need it" tools.
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Old 08-01-2021, 09:18 AM
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I am going to order one to add to my collection. I have a whole assortment or hemostats that I bought years ago in the fly mart. Very useful to have lots of sizes and shapes. This one looks like a useful addition.
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Old 08-01-2021, 05:30 PM
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Thanks for the tip! I went for the two pack set that includes a 6 inch version to get prime shipping.
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Old 08-01-2021, 06:57 PM
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I predict a sudden shortage of alligator forceps.
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Old 08-01-2021, 10:33 PM
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Question Hi Matt, like it, but do you have "this" problem??

nice but you need to work for more precision on jaws ...
for exemple : impossible to catch paper , the gripper jaws do not touch each other
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Old 08-02-2021, 06:55 AM
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nice but you need to work for more precision on jaws ...
for exemple : impossible to catch paper , the gripper jaws do not touch each other
Mine seems to not have this issue, maybe you got a bad one? Anyway, mostly I'm picking up things like dropped nuts and bolts, for which it works great.
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Old 08-05-2021, 07:58 AM
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My order came in yesterday, and the jaws fit perfectly. I could easily pick up paper and thin plastic. This will be a handy addition to my tool box.
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