As evidenced by the post topics, I was forced to perform moderator duties on you, Jeff. Not quite sure how you managed to post this in the strut brace thread, but I'll forgive you :-D
I can see some use in the first two for mangled heads that are in awkward spots. I tend to use vice grips to turn those when they're more exposed. Welding is another easy option if there's lots of head left and nothing flammable nearby.
That last one is pretty cool, similar in mechanism to one of my oil filter removers (I feel another thread coming on, but another day).
If exposed, it's also easy to Dremel a slot into the top of a cracked stud and use a flathead to turn it out.
The assumption for me is that it broke for a reason: It was f***ing tight! :-) I have used the above many times for things like steering column bolts, but in combination with an impact driver so as not to risk stripping out the slot. Works well :-)
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