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    A Tool Worth Having In the Shop

    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!

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    Totally a useful tool for many things. I use mine mainly for stuff up high and out of reach, and occasionally for encouraging gopher snakes to go someplace else....
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    I have something like that, but with a much smaller grip.

    The other must-have pickup tool is one of these telescoping magnets:
    http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/pag...=1,42363,42356
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post
    I have something like that, but with a much smaller grip.

    The other must-have pickup tool is one of these telescoping magnets:
    http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/pag...=1,42363,42356
    Bingo Art!


    Heh, I've got a 3' wide magnet sweeper, a 1' wide one, a little 6" one, another with an auto drop mechanism, and probably 3 different ones on telescoping wands.

    Magnets, are very, very handy in the shop!
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    Yep, got one. Handy. Also have a heavy duty magnet on a handle given to me by a knife maker. Use it to find stuff on a dirty or sawdust covered floor.
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    Got the Pick Stick. Got the magnet. Also took a length of broom handle and put an eye hook in the end of it. Great for dragging stuff from the back of a shelf, or from under the bench.

    Use all three of them all the time.
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    I use my telescoping magnetic pickup often. I am teaching my dog to pick up larger things that I may drop on the ground.
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    I got a lot of use out of the grabber stick around the house after my back surgery, too. It still comes in handy.
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