|Review by PurpLev||posted 07-23-2009 at 08:32 AM||2398 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
- Nail Jack Tools Nail Jack - 11" Nail Removing Tool
- Brand: Nail Jack Tools | Category: Other
I ordered this to tackle the nail pulling process I encountered while reclaiming some Bowling alley floors. As I mentioned in a comment on my blog, I usually am not inclined to order anything online that I have not been able to experience first hand. but since I was desperate, and it just so happened that this product was mentioned a couple of times here and there just when I was looking for nail pulling devices, I figured I’d take the plunge and go for it – a little out of the usual, but I was in great need, and had high hopes for this one.
I expected more of this product then it delivers.
To be fair I was dealing with the worst nails possible which are twisted hardened steel nails as you can see in the first picture (along with the rest of the tools I used to pull the nails – those tools were more useful than the Nail Jack for this application). But at the same time – Nail Jack Tools has 2 tools (currently): the Nail Hunter which is a smaller version and “lighter duty” and the one I got and reviewed here -the Nail Jack which is the larger more heavy duty tool – apparently not heavy duty enough. I run computer systems through vigorous test environment for work, and if they pass, I know they can handle anything, and if not – we’ll usually mark their limitations for users to know in advance – I could only hope for something similar from this tool. but alas I am the tester for this one as well in my case.
In theory this tool has lots of potential. it has a very comfortable grip handles (which it does). it has:
front jaw (Picture 2): Can either be used like a Cats Paws and dig under naills to pull them out, and also has gripping steplike inner jaws that are supposed to grip the nail shank (if the nailhead breaks) and pull it out. In practice these jaws didn’t seem to have enough gripping power to handle the hardened steel nails as it slipped out of them. also since there is a need for great leverage and force in order to pull those nails out from the hard maple strips, and in addition to that there is the reaction from the nail itself (when force is applied) it was practically impossible to keep a grip on the nail with the tool handles as they tend to open up.
Rear Jaw and Striking surface (Picture 3): on the back of the tool’s head there is a hard flat surface that can be used as a striking area for hammers in order to dig the front jaw under nails. this is similar to the cats’ paws and worked well, and just like the cats paws the front jaws would get nicked from the nails and wood. The Rear jaw has a “W” shaped jaw that is supposed to grip a nail with a 3 point contact for added power. I found that indeed you have to have the nail contact all 3 points in order for this to have any effect, otherwise the tools is unstable and not useful. In my case -if I was able to get the nails out of the wood that much – I might as well have completely taken them out with whatever other method I was using.
I ended up pulling 100+nails with the cats paws which was much simpler and allowed me to put much more leverage on it, and apply much more force to get those nails out. nails that broke their heads off I ended up using the pin punch, and tapped them from the other side (this was actually one of the hopes I had for the Nail Jack to handle), there were about 2 nails that I was able to pull with the nail jack, which is far less than the work I had planed for this tool to perform.
I was hoping this would be a valuable $30 tool, but it ended up being a $30 worth of a review. I hope that at least it’ll be useful as that. I was contemplating giving it just 1 star since it really did nothing for me, but gave it 2 since it does have lots of potential, and maybe for other, less extreme applications it would work much better. I’ll try using it again once I get my hands on some hardwood pallets (once I free up some lumber space first) and see if it will do any better for those.
Thanks for Reading,
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