View Full Version : HELP: pickup-grabber device

10-26-2012, 11:30 PM
I had surgery and cannot bend over. Since that happened I seem to drop everything I can get in my hands. I've purchased pickup-grabbers from a medical supplier and most of the big box companies(about 10) but can't find a reliable one that can pickup a tv remote control or a tool in my home shop. Would appreciate your recommendations or suggestions. I would like to make the device. Thanks Paul

10-26-2012, 11:46 PM
A telescopic magnet might work for the dropped tools in the garage.

10-26-2012, 11:50 PM
I use a round welding ground magnet on my 4 leg cane, works great!

10-27-2012, 12:37 AM
When my wife had some surgery I bought her one of these and now that she is all healed up , I use it out in the shop to reach for tools on my peg board wall. http://www.amazon.com/Ontel-Gopher-Pick-Up-Reaching-Tool/dp/B00144L4LK/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1351308880&sr=8-7&keywords=arm+extender+grabber


Ron of Va
10-27-2012, 11:35 AM
The type of pick-up tool posted requires what seems like twice the strength to close it onto an object. As opposed to the one with the bottom movable jaw like this one;

The one with the suction cups like the one posted gives a better grip on smooth objects, but as soon as you slightly release your grip, out falls the object. (because is requires a lot more strength.)

I prefer the one with the bottom movable jaw for picking up sticks, and pinecones and yard objects. But it wouldn’t be good for a TV remote control.

If the one with the bottom movable jaw were modified with some of those suction cups, it would be the best of both.

10-27-2012, 02:13 PM
If you have a Rural King store near you, they have a nice selection of various grabbers.


10-27-2012, 02:38 PM
I'd recommend one that has a "lock" that you can engage once you have grabbed the errant object. Ours is branded "PIKSTIK" and works well to pick up the things that end up behind the couch, under the bed, etc. Once the 'lock' is engaged you can use any grip to retract the tool.