Review: Talon® HooksI'm sure we've all used pegboard (perfboard, perforated hardboard, etc) to hold a few tools. We've all had the frustration of those metal hooks. There was a certain process we all get used to:
Well I got sick of it. I saw an ad for Talon® Hooks in one of my woodworking magazines and pondered it for a day or so. They sure looked like they might do the job. They promise not to fall out and they're easily removed. The mechanism looked sound, so I thought I'd give them a try.
Making up my mindOnce I decided that the metal hooks had to go, I took a look at the Talon® Hooks website (www.talonhooks.com). They had a decent selection of various shapes and sizes. While a little on the expensive side, The Hollingsworth Company presented their products reasonably well. They made a good pitch. They'd have to if they want to compete with those cheapy metal instruments of anguish!
The way these little guys work is really pretty innovative. There's a bent hook on the bottom that goes in and hooks onto the pegboard. Then, a split post with a nylon setscrew that goes through to spread the split parts out much like concrete anchor bolts. As you can see from the photo, the likelihood of this bugger falling off when you pull those pliers off is pretty slim.
After taking another day or two to ponder over the sheer price of these little hunks of plastic, I did order some. I actually got quite a few. Two of their 48pc variety packs. A cool $50 for some hooks. They'd better be worth it, I thought.
They're here!The package arrived shortly after. Nothing notable about the shipping. The hooks were packaged in a nondescript cardboard box with each 48pc package wrapped in it's own large plastic bag. So far, so good.
The claim that these hooks don't fall out is very true. To hang these little guys, you just tilt in the bent hook and press the nylon screw to lock it in place. Once in place, there's no way to accidentally knock it out. You'd actually have to damage your pegboard to remove the hook in this state.
One overall commentThe nylon screw really bugs me. Removal from the pegboard is not so easy. I tried very gently turning the nylon screw to remove it and after stripping out a half dozen, I gave up.
I went to the hardware store and picked up 100 3/4" #8 32tpi (matching the nylon ones) machine screws for around a dollar or two and gave them a try. Much improved! For $50, I would like the core innovation to work better than it did. Especially since the metal screws cost hardly nothing and work without fail. I can only guess that the nylon screws were cheaper because they are quite soft and this was in 50 degree weather. I'm scared to think what they'd do in the 100+ degree summers so many of us have. I strongly recommend getting the metal screws if you should go this route.
The Screwdriver HolderI was a little skeptical of the screwdriver holders (E04 Talon® Toolholder, Dual Screwdriver Holder). My screwdrivers have heavy handles and they like to dance. Needless to say, they tip over quite often. This style of holder is essentially a ring that the screwdriver rests on and I wasn't sure there would be enough bearing surface to provide adequate support and keep my screwdrivers from tipping over.
Wouldn't you know it, my cheap screwdrivers didn't do well in these holders. They tip and rock over all the time. Some of my more pricey screwdrivers did a little better. These screwdrivers have thicker shafts, more metal, thus making them balanced slightly different which is probably why they fared a little better. I wouldn't consider this a flaw of the hooks, though. This seems to be a common challenge even for the metal ones. I've since went with a 6-slot metal peg hook for my screwdrivers. They still tip over, but I don't need to have near as much clearance in order to get them onto the hook.
All is not lostAside from those two issues, these hooks are very good. They'd be well worth the money if they'd replace those nylon screws. I'd even pay the extra 2-3 cents per unit if they did. The hooks don't fall off. They simply can't without ruining something.
Some folks tape those metal hooks. Others use that little plastic clip that comes with some packages. Still others hot glue. Not me. I use these. They do what they are meant to do. I just wouldn't want to have to move them with that nylon screw. It's doable, but it takes a lot of effort and a delicate touch. Replacing them with the metal screws did the trick for me. So for $52 I have a perfect product.
You can get the Talon® Hooks from their site or at Rockler.