Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 26
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by L111 Practice using them first. Results will likely be mixed
While trying to remove a corroded screw from a Type LB conduit box, the screw head snapped off. I bought this product to try and remove the broken screw.
Short story, it didn't work. I couldn't drill a clean, centered hole with the step one bit on the broken screw. The surface of the remaining broken screw wasn't perfectly flat, so it was very difficult to drill the pilot hole. And the broken screw just didn't have enough surface area to extract with this product.
I then watched a few YouTube videos of people trying the extractors and I tried a test with four different screws I had sitting around.
A few observations:
1. Before you use them on a real project, I would recommend practicing with the extractors on several types of screws to get familiar with what works and what doesn't work.
2. The instructions state that the extractors are not recommended for drywall screws. I tried them with a drywall screw and it was clear that the drywall screw was made of much harder metal than the other screws. The Step 1 bit couldn't effectively drill into the drywall screw head. So for screws or bolts made of hard metal, these may not work well. For hard metals, you might be able to use a different drill bit to bore a small hole and then try the Step 2 bit to extract the screw.
3. On two of my test screws, the Step 2 side of the bit wasn't able to grab onto the bored screw head. The hole seemed deep enough, but the extractor bit couldn't catch and just spun. Out of curiosity, I then tried the next larger extractor bit, which was able to grab onto the screw head and successfully remove the screw. So if the Step 2 bit spins, try the next larger extractor and see if it can get traction.
So while I wasn't able to use the product for my original project, I did verify that they do work, but it does definitely depend on the screw type and condition, and may take some creativity.
January 10, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYAccursedOne Take THAT DIY gods!
The DIY gods have made it quite clear that they find my feeble attempts to “do it myself” to be highly amusing and that they have made me a plaything of their most perverse whims and dirtiest tricks. Therefore after I attempted and failed to remove a stuck slot-head screw whose head I’d stripped with a traditional, albeit not cheap, method said to be “the answer” by my local hardware guy, I suffered the smirks of the nice Home Depot clerk when, totally swayed by the “guaranteed to work in 10 seconds” tagline, I chose the SpeedOut over the product he’d suggested.
“Yeahhh…,” he sneered, “You let me know how that goes.”
I ducked my head in shame and scurried to the self-checkout. I didn’t even take time to put the shameful item in a bag, shoving it, instead, into the depths of my parka pocket. When I got to my car, took a closer look at said item and saw that it was emblazoned “As Seen On TV!” I ridiculed myself mercilessly—and even confessed my stupidity to my coworkers.
BUT DARN IF IT DIDN’T WORK PERFECTLY! PER-FECT-LY!
Of course, after I removed the screw the rest of the stupid project—that should’ve taken 20 minutes and instead has taken me more than 4 WEEKS—continued to fall apart, proving the diy gods are not done amusing themselves at this girl’s expense quite yet. But for now, I DON’T CARE! I got the g-d screw out!
Thank you, SpeedOut, for being the one bright, shining moment of my day!
February 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 It works, first time, every time
The speed out set is designed to extract a screw, where the head of the screw, has been stripped out. FYI, If your screw head breaks off, this set will not help you. If you are continuously stripping screwheads my thoughts are this; first, put down the impact drill, second, turn the clutch down, lowering the driving power of your drill, third, if you still have problems, drill a pilot hole first.
March 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AnatomyProf Best of any extractor tools I have purchased
I have purchased 2 other brand name extractors over the years (I'm a person of a certain age), but this product is far and above either of those brand name products. I have used this only three times, but was excited to fix my last two problems based upon the ease of fixing the first one using this product. I have lived with half driven screws here and there because I could not remove them. Now my previous work is clean, and I almost look forward to a problem screw so I can laugh at it, knowing I will prevail with this set. Buy one. Get one for a friend. Heck, buy one for an enemy and make him wonder what's wrong with you.
January 29, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by poughboy Did not work for me
I am going to hold on to this because I only used it once, but it did not work for that project.
I have read extensively on how to get this to work best and tried to follow all the advice I came across and it just didn't work. Not even a little.
I ended up having to drill out the screw I was trying to extract.
March 10, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Kelley Does the job if you know how to work it !
the first one i tried was a little difficult but one you get it figured out it works pretty good , after you drill it &turn the bit around you have to go slow and if it does not come out ,turn the gun to the right or left just a little bit with a little angle on it and apply pressure it worked great once i figured out how to use it
September 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bukern Great results
Was skeptical of product due to mixed reviews. I took a chance and bought this product to remove a 2 inch lag screw that I stripped the head on (torx bit). Followed instructions worked like a charm
December 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Doug Worked perfectly
I purchased this product during the Black Friday promo for $14.88 as opposed to the normal $19.99. I picked it up at my local HD and it worked perfectly just as described. I am in no way a contractor or a handy man and all I did was watch the video, read the instructions carefully and it worked. One thing to keep in mind is when pulling out the stripped screw is to apply pressure and not go so fast when drilling it out. I would recommend this product to anyone.
November 29, 2014