Updated April 23, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Nut and Bolt Extractors

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Nothing brings a project to a grinding halt like a stuck nut or bolt. If you have an overtightened, rusted-out, painted-over, or otherwise disagreeable fastener preventing you from moving forward, a good extractor can help you get that stubborn hardware unstuck and out of the way with ease. Here are a variety of removers that work on studs and hex nuts of all sizes. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best nut and bolt extractor on Amazon.

10. Irwin Tools Power-Grip

9. K-Tool Nut Splitter

8. Ares 70016

7. Irwin Tools Multi-Spline

6. Irwin Hanson Lug Nut

5. Go2 Socket 2.0

4. Irwin Hanson Bolt-Grip

3. VamPliers Pro Lineman's

2. Maximum Impact 13-Piece

1. Irwin Tools Bolt-Grip Performance Series

Editor's Notes

April 21, 2019:

Stuck bolts are one of the most frustrating parts of working on machinery, and are responsible for countless bloody knuckles in auto shops and home garages worldwide. The basic Irwin set and the Maximum Impact may be all that the average shade-tree mechanic or home hobbyist need. The Maximum Impact is quite a bit more affordable than the Irwin, though. If you'll be using it a lot, however, or if you need deep well or extra-large sizes, the Irwin Performance Series is about as nice of a traditional reverse-fluted extractor that you'll find. It comes in a case for drawer storage as well as on a classic rail that's perfect for tossing into your toolbox. Irwin also makes a specialized kit made for removing lug nuts, and it works well in taking care of locking lug nuts that inevitably get smoothed out when they're tightened with an impact hammer. They also sell a kit with hex shafts that's lighter weight and a bit more suited to smaller applications, though it isn't for heavy-duty use.

There are several worthwhile alternatives to the classic reverse-threaded design, as well. The Vampliers can help you get stuck fasteners out with relative quickness, as they're essentially just a high-quality pair of extremely sharp pliers. The Ares is effective at removing multiple different sizes of bolt as well as headless lugs, though its range isn't extremely wide. The Go2 Socket is a redesigned adapter that appears to work much better than its predecessor, though it requires a bit more room than most others. Irwin's screw extractor set can be very useful for cap screws, though for lugs and bolts it will require the use of a drill or tap kit. And the K-Tool Nut Splitter does just what its name implies, and is one of the most reliable such mid-duty tools available.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on April 23, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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