The Gopher Deluxe: Does It Work? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/9/02

The Gopher Deluxe: Does It Work?

For $20, you can extend your reach up to three feet, with The Deluxe Gopher pick-up and reaching tool. This is how it works: when you squeeze the trigger, the suction cups come together and grip whatever you are trying to pick-up.

When House of Flowers manager Kathy Trimble decorates for the holidays, she normally uses a stepping stool to reach. NewsChannel 11 thought she would be perfect to test the Gopher. Kathy used the tool to put an angel on top of a Christmas tree. "I wonder if you can straighten her out with it. Yeah, you can."

Next, Kathy tried the Gopher to grip a medium sized tin can. "I found it better to grip down on the bottom," said NewsChannel 11. Kathy tried it this way to water a hanging plant. "Oh gosh, okay," said Kathy. She was walking very carefully. Kathy watered the hanging plant, but the Gopher lost its grip. "I think it is a little too wide or something, because once you got the water inside the can, it was too heavy," she said. This part of the test proves the Gopher has size limit.

"We have a light bulb out over here and we're going to try and use the Gopher Deluxe grip tool to try and replace it with another light bulb," said our second tester Brandon Bellah. Brandon did not have much luck changing the bulb with the tool. "It's not going to work for this type of lighting," Brandon said trying to unscrew the recessed lighting on the ceiling.

So he tried a regular bulb. After a few turns, we got it off, but probably could have done it faster by hand.

NewsChannel 11 put the Deluxe Gopher to the ultimate test; we are going to test its strength by picking up a five pound bag of flour. The makers claim it can, so why not, but after getting a good grip on the bag, the tool snapped in half. So much for the rest of that test.

Before NewsChannel 11 says it does or doesn't work, it might be good to point out that the Gopher would have done just fine picking up light weight garbage, small toys, or reaching in tight and high places. For the most part, the Deluxe Gopher does work, but it does have it's limits.

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