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Uses of a Pick-up Retrieval Tool and How They Work

Telescopic magnetic pick-up tool
Telescopic magnetic pick-up tool

A pickup retrieval tool may be better known in the automotive world to recover bolts, screws, and washers that have fallen in hard to reach areas, but there are plenty of uses in the household as well.

For any object that has fallen…gotten stuck behind…or under a very confined area, you will be greatly aided with a compact grabber tool for retrieval.

Many times over the years I’ve found these to be great go-to tools in recovering:

  • Laundry that has fallen behind washing machines and dryers, or furniture.
  • Batteries that have rolled under washing machines and dryers, or furniture.
  • Anything that may have fallen down a sink drain.
  • Keys or toys between car seats.
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Flexible Claw Pick-up and Retrieval Tools

Whatever brand is easiest to purchase should work fine considering the simple design and operation of these tools.

  • Flexible shaft.
  • Available in mini 4-claw lengths (1.5″).
  • Standard models range between 9″ and 36″ in length.
  • LED models available.
  • Combination of 4-claw and magnetic models available.
  • 4-claw models are good for non-ferrous items that magnetic models cannot attract.

How To Use 4-Claw Models: Press the top knob while holding the grip with your index and middle finger. The claws will extend out and apart. Release the knob to collapse the claws, and grab hold of the object. Repeat Step 1 to free your object.

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Telescoping Magnetic Pick-up and Retrieval Tools

These telescoping magnetic pick-up tools can mimic the look and size of a pen when completely collapsed, but extend in increments of up to 2′ or more when needed.

Want a larger grip area and stronger magnet? There are models available to fill those needs too.

  • Pocket clip.
  • LED models available.
  • Cushioned grip models available.
  • Swivel head models available.
  • Weight limit ranges from .5 – 15lbs.
  • Retrieve any ferrous metal object within the weight limit of that particular pick-up tool.

How To Use: Extend shaft to needed length for retrieval. Completely collapse shaft for easy storage.

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