Several years ago I had to have back surgery. For three months I couldn't lift over 5 lbs. nor bend over. My lovely wife bought me one of these "Pik Stiks". I still use it often. Like today I used it three times to retrieve items I dropped down in my table saw. Reach down through the insert hole and pick it up. Don't have to get down on my knees and open the trap door. I don't know how many times I have retrieved items I have dropped behind my lathe or other tool with it. Great for picking up pine cones in the yard also. Great little tool! You can tell I have used it a lot, look how dirty the handle is!