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jay-dawg 12-02-2002 02:45 AM

craftsman easy out???
Anybody have any experience with this tool? I have two screws that I stripped the heads off of. The first is for a metal door panel screw. The second one is for the arm rest.

just wondering if this tool is a good investment or is there another home remedy?

I tried using pliers but I cant grip the screw edges.


Capitol68 12-02-2002 03:02 AM

u might try a left handed drill bit, alot of times it will back right on out

DR67 12-03-2002 08:02 PM

Just purchased a set recently, I have found that some screws are so soft that these do not work very well, they just strip the heads even more.


chevyhouse 12-04-2002 05:16 AM

make sure you are using the right size drill bit for the ez out and you can get almost anything out with them. drill your hole, insert ez out and give it a LIGHT tap with a hammer (stress the LIGHT) and turn slowly, should come right out. also it is very important to drill the hole and insert the ez out straight.

DR67 12-04-2002 10:39 PM

The tool I tried is called a screw extractor, it is not the same as , nor does it work as well as an easy-out. I bought it for removing some screws that would be pretty small to drill for an easy-out. Did not work very well.


Big69C20 Toy 12-06-2002 03:15 PM

i've got a set of those craftsman screw deals. they work pretty well on decent sized screws and u just gotta be sure you put good pressure on em and go slow so the bit bites good. no experience with small screws tho

neonlarry 12-10-2002 01:54 AM

I tried the screw extractor things, and I didn't like them. They ended up just making a worse mess than I was trying to fix with them. I guess they might work for some stuff though.

BIGG BELLY 12-11-2002 09:42 PM

you could always try drilling the head off the screw to get the panel off. then grab whats remaining with a pair of visegrips to remove it---just my 2cents:D

jay-dawg 12-11-2002 10:43 PM

actually, that's a good idea.


MikeB 12-12-2002 10:57 PM

I swear by the screw extractors that use 4 straight "flutes" that run the length of the extractor. They grip well but don't put outward pressure on the broken bolt like the traditional easy-outs do.

It's the second tool shown on this page:

jay-dawg 12-20-2002 01:58 PM

well, to make a long story short, I opted to use a cut off whell and ground the head off.


bill_ont_canada 01-19-2003 03:30 AM

We have an old screwdriver we set it on the head of the screw and tack it with the mig.
Works every time as long as there's no plastic close by.

When you're done just break the screw off the screwdriver and clean the tack weld off with the grinder,ready for next time. :D

jeffbo 02-14-2003 07:28 PM

I bought a set of those Craftsman screw extractors and I wasn't impressed at all. They didn't work very well. I managed to get out 1 of 5 screws with them, and after only those 5 uses, one of the bits was already chipped and marred on the end. I expected a lot more from Craftsman. What a joke.

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