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Screw Extractor, 1/4"
I'm a fan of Woodcraft and don't like dumping on one of the tools they sell. However this screw extractor is made cheaply of material way too soft for the task. I followed the directions to the letter and the darn thing shattered on the 4th or 5th rotation. $$ bucks gone in 2 seconds. I was drilling into soft maple - the face frame on kitchen cabinets. I'm just going to fill the broken screw hole with epoxy, make a new cabinet door and move the hinge screws to another location. Don't waste your money on this loser.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
It Worked as Advertised
I broke off a #8 brass screw in some black walnut and did not have a replacement piece of wood. I had to get the screw out, so I used this tool to remove it.
Given the warnings about crushing the tool by twisting the chuck key too hard, I initially did not tighten it enough and the tool was pushed into the chuck instead of cutting the wood. It takes a bit of trial and error to get the chuck tightened properly. Do it slowly a little bit at a time.
I made a 1/4" hole in a piece of 1/2" plywood as noted in the directions and clamped it over the screw for a guide. Then I cut slowly to avoid overheating the tool.
It is important to reverse the drill when using the tool because the teeth are designed to cut counter-clockwise. That makes the tool tend to loosen the screw rather than tighten it as it drills around it.
After I had drilled around the screw, it still had not come out, but a gentle twist with a pair of pliers broke it free. I had to drill out the remaining wood from the hole because the wood did not come out with the screw.
I cut a plug from a 1/4" oak dowel and glued it in the hole, and it all worked just fine.
Although it appears to be somewhat fragile, this is a good tool for the occasional disaster.
The reviews and hints on this web site helped a lot in figuring out how to use this. Thanks to all.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
This Screw extractor worked great
Use the screw extractor to first drill a hole in a spare piece of wood. Clamp the hole you just made directly over the screw that needs to be removed and then use the screw extractor to make perfect cut around the broken screw. By using the first hole as a guide, you can easily remove the broken screw and then fill the hole with a wooden dowel to facilitate the use of another screw.
Idaho Falls, Idaho
The tool bores a nice clean hole even in hard materials such as oak. It is fragile however so follow the instruction in how to chuck it up in the drill
This is a job saver. Broken screws in maple are not uncommon, but with this device, you take it out as a plug, glue in some 1/4" dowel, and then put in a new screw and you are back in business. You just need to be careful not to overtighten it in the drill or because it is hollow it will distort. I have used it twice on a bunk bed project and the results were great.
Long Island, NY
I broke off a hinge screwhead in a maple cabinet door. The screw extractor was the only way I could have fixed it without having to do major surgery.
San Diego, CA
This tool was fantastic, but you have to follow the directions clearly. I had broken a #6 screw in the ash body of a guitar, under the bridgeplate. I 1st used a press and 1/4" drill bit to boor a hole in a 1/2" block of popular. I then used the drill bit to locate the broken screw and clamped the block in place. Went easy and slow with the Screw Extractor until the screw was out. I then trimed a 1/4" dowl to the correct length and glued in place. Sanded and you can barely notice it's there.
Small screw extractor
It seems to be the only show in town for removing small broken off screws, but it is very delicate. As far as i can tell the best way to get it to cut is by running it counter clockwisa. the instructions could be a lot better.
If I hadn't read the reviews I probably would have ruined it as the directions sucked. I only had to remove 3-#4 x 5/8" screws in popular. I made a guide jig - MANDITORY, ran at a very low speed and low pressure. It worked perfectly.
It would be very easy to crush it in a keyed chuck. A guide jig is a must but it also adds friction and could overheat the tool if you proceed to quickley. I don't think the directions mention you must run counterclockwise.
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works great when I need one
not the highest quality tool easily broken if used on a large screw at an angle, great when used straight on
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