Tool Review: GripEdge Tools RPT Hex Bit Socket Set

March 8, 2024
Reviewed by Mario Rojas, shop foreman at Autobahn Performance in Oakland Park, Florida.

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Q: How did the tool/equipment function as far as saving you time? 

A: It saved me plenty of time from being wasted on rounded-off Allen bolts. 

 

Q: How has using this tool impacted your shop's profitability?

A: It has preserved it. 

 

Q: How easy was it to use?

A: It's easier to use than just about any tool I can think of. 

 

Q: How was its packaging? Did it come with any accessories?

A: The packaging was nice, and it included a short non-magnetic socket rail as well. 

 

Q: What features did you like?

A: I like its ability to grip rounded bolts. I also like that they can work on Torx bolts at times, and the Hi-Vis marking on it easily stands out in a toolbox. 

 

Q: Is there any way you could think to improve or add to this tool?

A: Some short, one-piece versions of this would be pretty cool to see in the future. 

 

Q: What types of jobs/repairs did you use this tool for?

A: I rounded off head bolts on a Porsche. It also helped me remove a stuck rounded-off Allen bolt from an adjustable gas block, and it saved us on a couple of rounded-off engine oil drain plugs. 

 

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate this tool overall? Why? 

A: I would rate this tool a 9 because it works great, but with European vehicles, access is key, and a shorter profile would be handy. Also, the rail, although an accessory, would be nice if it had a strong magnetic rail to attach to my toolbox.

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