It’s an undisputable truth, a law if you will. A law that was most certainly written by Mr. Murphy himself. The law states “If a small object can drop into an unlit, un-retrievable location that your hand cannot reach, it will.”
This happens countless times during any automotive project and I can almost guarantee it’s happened to you more than once. You drop a small part down the carburetor throat or you are working in a cramped workspace and you drop the last remaining bolt into an area that is completely obscured from light and your hand can’t reach or fit.
This is where General Tools has come up with a very creative solution to this problem that has plagued automotive enthusiasts since the first Model T rolled off the assembly line. Their Lighted Mechanical Pick-Up tool (part # 70396) solves this problem by placing a powerful LED light inside the pick-up claw area of a flexible mechanical pickup tool. This tool is so innovative, it achieved Popular Mechanic’s Editor’s Choice Award.
This new tool from General Tools sports a push-to-activate LED light so that the batteries don’t run down, a 24” flexible shaft, comfortable hand controls, a corrosion-resistant finish and a retrieval claw powerful enough to pick up even the largest items that you’re trying to grab.
Since we’ve had this tool, we have only pulled out our old pick-up tools just for the comparison of this article. In fact, we spent nearly 20 minutes looking for our old pick-up tool since the General Tools Lighted Mechanical Pick-up works so darn well. The LED is bright enough to use as a miniature flashlight if need be and overall the tool works very well. Even if you’re not in the market for a new pick-up tool, we would recommend picking one up as the LED light itself is worth it.
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