New Gear Keeper® heavy-tool retractable tether minimizes dangling tool entanglement

Sponsored Article by Hammerhead Industries

In close quarters or when climbing, this new retractable tether keeps heavy tools close to the body.

Ventura, Calif. [FEB 17, 2021] – Gear Keeper’s new RT3-5605 heavy-tool retractable tether’s ultra-low profile keeps tools close to the body when retracted while still allowing effort-free accessibility when extended for use. Designed for tools up to 3.5 lbs, the retractor employs a very low 7 oz. force to avoid arm strain when extended, but still strong enough to keep the line taught thereby avoiding snagging or interference with the work being performed. When the tool is retracted, lanyard exposure is minimized to avoid snagging, especially when the tool is also placed in a tool bag/pouch.

Using the new Gear Keeper RT3-5605 retractable tether for heavy hand tools is particularly important when working in close quarters or climbing. The new heavy-tool tether has a generous reach that extends 55”. It comes complete with a long-lasting and strong, impact-absorbing Spectra/Nylon webbing that resists wear and fatigue without the need for an additional shock absorbing lanyard end. Like other retractables in the Gear Keeper line, the RT3-5605 is ANSI-121 compatible and engineered so that the tool, application, and recoil/retraction force are in balance.
The RT3-5605 also features a thumb-controlled gear lock that secures the lanyard at any length to reduce arm strain when working with heavier tools. Tools are attached to the user via a Stainless Steel, thumb-controlled, locking-gate carabiner that can be attached to a tool belt or fall-protection harness. Any tool of appropriate weight can be securely attached to the tether by the steel locking carabiner.

RT3-5605 retractable heavy-tool tethers retail for $40 per unit. A 10-pack of the RT3-5605 reduces the unit price to $38 each. The full line of Gear Keeper instrument tethers and accessories are available on the company’s website at A free, sixteen-page “Safety Engineer’s Guide to Tool Tethering” contains a tethering guide for tools with and without attachment points and related product information is available by calling Hammerhead Industries’ Customer Service at 888.588.9981.

Low-Profile retractable tether provides drop-safety for heavy hand tools up to 3.5 lbs.

About Hammerhead Industries
Gear Keeper tethers are products of Hammerhead Industries Inc, the world’s leading manufacturer of unique personal safety tethering equipment including retractable tethers and lanyards for tools, gear, and instruments. Covered by numerous patents, Gear Keeper tethers are precision-made systems that keep tools and instruments safe, secure, and close at hand. With more than 3,000 configuration options and over one million systems in use, Gear Keeper tethers are found worldwide in a range of applications including fire/rescue, law enforcement, military, wind power generation, industrial safety, trucking, oil/gas exploration, outdoors/hunting, SCUBA/fishing, communications and more. All of the company’s products are built “Hammerhead Tough” in the USA. To find a dealer near you or for more information about any Gear Keeper product, contact Customer Service, Hammerhead Industries Inc, 5720 Nicolle Street, Ventura, CA 93003 or call (888) 588-9981. You may also visit

About ANSI & ISEA:
ANSI is a century-old, private, not-for-profit organization that promotes “voluntary consensus standards.” The purpose of ANSI and the standards they and ISEA put forth is to set a level of quality and safety across an entire industry. The new standard is the first of its kind to address equipment used to tether and/or contain hand tools, components, and other objects from falling from at-heights applications.

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