Tool balancers and retractors suspend tools above work surfaces, keeping the tools within reach to maintain productivity and supporting their weight to decrease user fatigue. Their retractable cable allows the tools to move up and down while tethering them to prevent damage from drops, lessen workspace clutter, and avoid loss. They ease positioning of tools, producing more accurate work and reducing the risk of repetitive-motion injuries. Using tools that weigh close to the upper limit of the balancer's capacity provides optimal support and puts the least strain on the operator. Tool balancers and retractors are commonly used to hold pneumatic, electric, and hydraulic tools for assembly, fabrication, manufacturing, and packaging and shipping operations.