Grypmat designed to keep tools at hand

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Whether you’re working on the engine of a multi-million-dollar military jet or the engine of your favorite collector car, you want your tools handy, but without fear of them falling into the engine bay or creating a scratch as they tumble down a fender.

Tom Burden, a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Toledo, was working on F-16 fighters as an Air Force Reserve mechanic and didn’t like his tools falling, so he set about to produce a solution. After three years of development, he produced a non-slip, chemical-resistant, anti-static tool organizer from a secret rubbery material.

Grypmat designed to keep tools at hand | ClassicCars.com Journal
Grypmat grips fenders — or aircraft nose cones — and holds tools in place | Gryp
Grypmat designed to keep tools at hand | ClassicCars.com Journal
Grypmat won’t slip off a fender or a nosecone

Joining with other military veterans, he launched Grypshon Industries, which sells the Grypmat ultimate tool mat in three sizes.

Each version has compartments to hold tools and spare parts in place. The sizes are 6X12 inches, 8X12 and 12X22. Prices range from $29.99 for the small Grypmat to $129.99 for a set that includes one of each size.

Though designed for use by mechanics, the mats also works in other applications, from holding Lego-like children’s building blocks to crafting materials.

For more information, visit the website.

 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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