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Holiday Wish Guide: Craftsman Extreme GRIP Tools - Perfect for Makers & DIYers (+ Win a Set!)

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No matter how well the preparation has gone, the Holiday Season has not just "crept-up" on us, but has emerged swiftly and with unusual force this year. It's somewhat hard to get a grip on all the moving parts that go with a successful and stress-free season these days (14 variations on Thanksgiving, 79 versions of Xmas - you know how it is), but when it comes to gifting, I'm pretty good at picking what works, hence my annual Holiday Wish Guide. For me, this is a time for fixing up the place - but even more so, being ready for toys... specifically, always being ready to open the battery compartments on toys. Since just about everything takes batteries at this point (even things you wouldn't expect), I've encountered some tricky spots - spots where some good grip comes in handy. With the new Craftsman Extreme GRIP Lineup of tools, I'm well taken care of - and that's why I'm including them in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide. There's an Extreme GRIP tool for just about any application, and they're on-sale right now! A great gift idea, and a great asset to any toolbox - the perfect ally in the battle against rounded, stripped or just hard-to-grip fasteners.  Check out some Rock Father picks below, then enter to win a Craftsman Extreme GRIP 6-Piece Diamond Tip Screwdriver Set!

THE ROCK FATHER's Craftsman Extreme GRIP Picks:

cm bigsetCraftsman 40-Piece Extreme Grip Mechanics Tool Set
The 3/8-Inch drive set includes a family of tools designed to fit both inch and metric fasteners, even when rounded. The sturdy case with rubberized base and handle make it handy in any work environment. Diamond coated tips reduce cam-out slippage on fasteners and allow for removal of stripped screws. The sockets have serrated jaws and provide up to 14x more gripping power on rounded fasteners (compared to Craftsman 43005). Locking cam on box end provides positive gripping that holds multiple fastener sizes in place. The bit driver has true, one-handed operation versus a magnetic tip screwdriver. Magnetic collar gives 143x more gripping power vs. a standard bit driver. Three position ratcheting mechanism provides smooth operation.

cm socketCraftsman Extreme Grip 5-Piece Socket Set
The Craftsman® Extreme GRIP™ 5-piece socket set features a gripping action which allows you to grip rounded fasteners up to 14-times better than a standard Craftsman socket. Each socket features movable jaws to provide solid fit for standard, metric and rounded fasteners. Serrated jaws grip onto rounded fasteners. Release collar for easy disengagement. This 5 piece socket set can be used on the following 10 fastener sizes: 7/16", 1/2", 9/16", 5/8", 11/16" 11mm, 13mm, 14mm, 16mm and 17mm. 

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cm hexCraftsman 8-Piece Extreme Grip Standard Diamond Tip Ball End Hex Key Set
Another great product from the Extreme Grip family! Up to 1.9 times gripping power compared to stanard black oxide ball end hex keys. Diamond coated tips reduce cam-out and lippage on fasteners. Tips allow for removal of stripped screws. Fold-up hex keys lock at 90 and 180 degrees. Locking mechanism with pivoting levers allows for easy unlocking of hex keys. Ball end design provides greater access to fasteners at multiple angles. Ergonomic dual material handle increases comfort in hand.

The Craftsman® Extreme GRIP™ 6-piece Diamond Tip Screwdriver set features uniquely coated screwdrivers that provide the best friction between screwdriver tips and fasteners. This feature offers up to four times more gripping power than the standard black oxide finished tip screwdrivers.

Craftsman® Extreme GRIP™ 6-piece Diamond Tip Screwdriver set

Diamond coated tips reduce slippage and aids in removing stripped screws. Easy to read laser marked shanks allows the user to easily find which size they need. Dual material, ergonomic handles provide comfortable grip and torque for users. Screwdrivers are organized in double-blister packaging and includes the following sizes: 3/16" x 3" slotted, 1/4" x 4" slotted, 5/16" x 6" slotted, #1 x 3" phillips, #2 x 4" phillips, #3 x 6" phillips.

Craftsman® Extreme GRIP™ 6-piece Diamond Tip Screwdriver set

Enter to Win the Craftsman® Extreme GRIP™ 6-piece Diamond Tip Screwdriver set:

Use the Rafflecopter Widget below (it will guide you), starting with the first (mandatory) entry method - Leave a Disqus comment on this post that shares your answer to the following: 

QUESTION: What do you want for Xmas (or whatever other Holiday you may or may not enjoy)?

After that, you can complete social actions for additional, completely optional entries. Please Note: By entering giveaways on The Rock Father, you agree to comply with my fairness policy. 

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The Fine Print: 

Promotion open to residents of the U.S. only, ages 18+, void where prohibited. Winner will be chosen on, about, or after December 6, 2015, and will be notified via email to confirm. If no response within 24 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen. Prize provided by Craftsman.

1980s-style Disclaimer: Many will enter, few will win! Please allow 8-12 weeks for delivery of prizing (seriously, probably not that long), The Rock Father is not responsible for any lost or misdirected packages. In the rare occasion that a prize does not arrive (which, sadly, has happened), you have no remedy other than moving on.

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