Extractors are tools used to remove stuck fasteners. They can remove screws and bolts with missing heads or stripped threads in a matter of minutes. This keeps you from having to replace the original piece.
Screw extractors come in two main varieties, straight or spiral fluted. To extract any screw you first need to drill into the stuck fastener with a bit with a specific width, check the tool documentation for recommended bit widths. Purchase a full tool set to make sure that you have extractors of the correct size for every common screw.
Straight fluted bolt extractors hammer into your pre-drilled hole to remove the stuck fastener. To use them you need a brass hammer, and it takes a little more labor and precision to ensure that you drive them in correctly. Square flutes don't taper, so they can't bind up the screw inside the piece any further than it is already.
Spiral fluted screw extractors turn into the screw with a tap wrench. They're threaded opposite to the stuck screw so you can torque the screw out as you insert the extracting tool. The only precaution is that you should watch how deep you insert into the screw to keep from expanding it and locking it in more tightly. The advantage is that you're more likely to have a tap wrench on hand to work with a spiral flute than you are to have a brass hammer for a straight flute.
We carry a large selection of extractors for sale. These useful hand tools can save an entire project with just a few twists. Review the available models and their various features to determine the best extractors for your needs and get a set today to save yourself hours of work in the future.
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