New Found Pallet Passion - Part II (The Tool)

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Project by JR_Dog posted 02-24-2012 08:00 PM 22584 views 49 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here’s my version of a pallet reclamation tool. So far it has dismantled 4 pallets during my lunch break today… takes me about 5 min per pallet. It’s a lot faster and better than my previous attempt at pulling them apart with a sledge hammer and crow bar but I can already see how it may need some mods.. in that the fingers of the pry are only 2 inches apart and it stops me from using the tool on larger frames, and the fingers are also about an inch or two short which if longer would enable me to tackle the wider boards. It will definitely help me when I’m out and about looking for pallets since I can dismantle them on site and not have to carry the whole pallet home.

This was my previous post “New Found Pallet Passion”

I hope this idea helps others out.

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 08:13 PM

That’s brilliant! I assume you welded it up yourself. I need one of those. I better start looking for reclaimed metal so I can make make a tool to reclaim the wood from pallets! haha! That’s def neat!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 08:14 PM

Nice I think I will have to have one of those made.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 08:15 PM

Heck yeah, dude! What a great idea. Pretty it up and start selling those bad boys! :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 09:03 PM

Yup, that’s pretty cool!

-- wood tick tools for turners by woodtickgreg @

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#5 posted 02-24-2012 09:41 PM

Sorry, but I just filed for the U.S. patent & distribution rights!!! However, I will cut you in an 1% of the profits! Lol.

Did you put dimensions in the original post? I might just have to make one or two. One for my personal vehicle & another for the work truck!!!

I’ll see ya around the pallet pile. We can have a pallet reclamation party/contest!
Thanks for sharing this!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 02-24-2012 11:20 PM

its a very clever idea :-)
but not sure I can use it on the pallets we have here since
the pine splinter apart tooo easy
wonder why it havn´t come up before since I have seen doorlifters
with wheels under the bar instead but using the same tec.

thanks for sharing

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#7 posted 02-25-2012 12:11 AM

Wow! Seven comments and 7 times favorited. You must be on to something. I could use this, too. I have some pallets from work with boards on the top over 1 inch thick, oak with spiral nails. I have pulled the nail head through the board!

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#8 posted 02-25-2012 12:27 AM

Ba da bop bah bah …. im lovin it!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#9 posted 02-25-2012 01:34 AM

Looks great man, so where is the form to order one? Nice, nice, nice!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#10 posted 02-25-2012 02:44 AM

Great tool and sounds like many would like to have one

-- Norman

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#11 posted 02-25-2012 02:46 AM

I would like to take the credit for this however as I’d mentioned in my previous post “New Found Pallet Passion” which I put a link to at the top of this post.. I didn’t come up with this idea but only took the concept from a you tube post and had a local private welder put this together. Even though I didn’t come up with it I still had fun.

If I had it to do over again I probably would have ordered the one from Gareth in the UK; his is much better in that it accommodates both a 2 inch and 4 inch runner; more versatility and more tool for the money. It ended up costing me about 100 bucks after I bought the supplies and tipped the welder for doing it for me.. if I had my own welding equipment it would have only cost me about $60 for materials.

Having said that I am still appreciative to all the atta boy’s; and as I mentioned before if it helps inspire someone to either purchase the real one or take what I put together and have an easier time capturing this great free wood opportunity I’m all the happier for it.

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#12 posted 02-25-2012 06:15 AM

I definitely need one of those. Might have to have a welder make one up for me, I’d pay actual money for that tool…

-- Plank says: "If you're a little board, might as well get hammered!"

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#13 posted 02-25-2012 06:26 AM

Good luck on the pallet hunting, try some flooring stores, I have found some nice wood used for pallets, including purple heart and mahogany. I have had a tool like that for about 15 years but haven’t used it in a while. They work great.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#14 posted 02-25-2012 09:12 AM

Very nice!

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#15 posted 02-25-2012 03:58 PM

I borrowed something similar to pull old floor boards. Great idea I usually saw between the nails and only get short stock.

-- Jeff,

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