Review: Klein Tools
Magnetic Wrist Band
In my book, some tool purchases are just a no-brainer. In fact, as a relatively creative person, sometimes I see a tool that is such a simple and ingenious idea, I wonder why the concept never even crossed my mind. The Klein Tools 55985 Magnetic Wrist Band is a perfect example of such a product.
Being someone who has NO problem losing bolts, screws, nails, or any small assorted little parts, I have found great companionship in owning magnetic trays that faithfully and securely hold the components of my current projects. Don’t get me wrong, the trays work great, but you also have to set them somewhere. On most of my projects, there is a fine line between a convenient location to set the tray versus a spot that’s either in my way or at risk for causing damage if forgotten about. That is where the Klein Tools Magnetic Wrist Band comes in. It is built with a grid of (9) ¾” rare earth magnets arranged in a square that is a little over three inches by three inches. The outer shell, being made from 1680D ballistic nylon, will no doubt hold up to years of abuse. The inside of the wrist band is comprised of a breathable mesh fabric to both be comfortable and wick away moisture on those humid days of summer. The band itself is secured to your body with a Velcro strap. Sizing should not be a problem as there is almost four inches of adjustment, allowing the Klein Tools Magnetic Wrist Band to comfortably fit almost any wrist size. While the name implies it should be worn on the wrist, the wide sizing they have given this tool allows it to be worn on a tool belt as well.
Klein Tools has been in business for over 100 years. The are very well known and trusted in the construction industry, so I expected this band to be on par with the other products they offer.
I put the Klein Tools Magnetic Wrist Band through the paces and the rare earth magnets successfully grab on to any type of magnetic material and refuse to let go. None of the pieces attached would move, even when shaking the band as hard I could.
While strong enough to confidently and securely hold components in place, the magnets are not so strong that you have to fight to separate your parts when you need them either. It feels like Klein Tools has incorporated a perfect balance of force necessary to both retain and remove an item.
Gone now, are the days of having to blindly reach for the magnetic part tray that is somewhere near my body when I am on my back, in a cramped position underneath a vehicle.
There are few things as frustrating as having to crawl back out of a tight space to find the parts that were laying blindly right beside you, especially when it happens more than once
Prime applications I am looking forward to using the Klein Tools Magnetic Wrist Band on:
Ladder/Arial Work: This is another spot where you can quickly run out of spaces to put things. More often than not, I inadvertently drop something off the ladder and end up climbing down to retrieve it. Working on a roof, depending on the pitch, can also present a problem to set parts down.
Engine Compartment Work: Setting a magnetic tray near the engine compartment always presents the risk of shutting the hood on the tray. Wearing the magnets eliminates this risk.
Junkyard Part Retrieval/Mobile Repairs: One less thing to carry. Need I say more?
While I will definitely not be throwing out my magnetic trays, I think I can safely say this will be my go to device for retaining parts and components from now on, if for nothing else than complete convenience. One thing you should be aware of, however, is that unlike a metal parts tray, this band has smaller magnets that can be removed if the fabric is cut open. Magnets can cause life threatening complications if swallowed, so keep that in mind if you have mechanically inclined little ones.
Whether purchasing this for yourself or as a gift for someone else, I think this is a great addition to anyone’s tool collection.