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Works like it should. I built the pictured set out of pallet wood I pulled from a dumpster. Because the pallet tool was so effective I only used 5 pallets to build this whole set. Very little wood was damaged or broken while disassembling the pallets. I bought both tools in the photo and as a duo they are amazing. It took less than 10 minutes to take a pallet apart and most of that time was spent pounding the nails out. I had a lot of fun building this patio set out of salvaged pallets and these tools were what made it fun. They took the most frustrating part out of the process; getting the wood apart in one piece. Including these tools I spent very little to build a beautiful patio set that I am sure I will put to use for many many years and I get to brag that I made them
Had the pallet buster for a few months now and yes it work but it's extremely had to break down pallets assembled with twisted nails, they are almost like screws and I get a lot of split wood and seem to pull at least one of the 2 bys apart on every pallet I break down. I based my purchase more on cost than anything else. Even buying a 1" pipe the price was still good. I picked up 44 pallets a few days ago and the pallet buster destroyed about half of the wood from the first 4 or 5 pallets I broke down. Came back to Amazon and after a lot of looking/reading I ordered a duckbill deck wrecker. WOW what a difference. Broke down several pallets and so far almost no splits and no broken boards at all. Spend the extra and get it right the first time.
After breaking down a couple dozen pallets I thought I'd leave a review. Product does what it's intended to do, but has some issues. First, the one I received had the forks welded on crooked, so I cant fit a 4x4 inside to pry. Which is okay, other than some barn siding reclamation I probably wont need to fit anything that wide inside the tines. But second problem is the forks are about an inch too short. The outer boards on most pallets are 5 1/2inches wide so the short tines split the dry wood when prying. I was going to pick up a second one for my shop but think I'll try my luck with a local metal worker to iron out these kinks.
great tool it takes a little practice to use it to its best potential but for the price I really love it and would recommend it. now the one thing that I was not really happy with is inside where the handle goes still had a metal seam sticking up where I think the weld was but 1 minutes with a dremel and problem solved..i was not mad about doing this. but maybe this should be checked before it is sent out. over all I am really happy with this product
When I first became aware of "pallet busters" they ran about $100. So, after watching a couple of dozen You Tube videos over the past year about different styles, I looked again and saw this one for $28 and great ratings, so I dove in. Now the 4' iron pipe did cost $20 at Lowes, but the $50 total is well worth it. It even works on deck boards which I will begin replacing. As a Senior Citizen its a blessing. Sometimes the nails don't come out, but I just use my angle grinder to cut them off and sand the runners. Maybe there is a better one, but I'm a happy "pallet buster and deck repair older guy.
Over the 18-24 months it takes to build large custom homes, you accumulate several pallets. Many you can reuse as you shift through seasons of the building process but you’re ALWAYS stuck with an entire 30 yard dumpster full of pallets at the end of a job. This tool is a money saver! I put my 21 year old laborer to work on a mountain of pallets to be broken down. He flattened 52 pallets in a day without really trying too hard. Now I have a large stack of pallet lumber I can nestle in a 1/4 of the space in the dumpster or I could sell it to the Pinterest crowds that want to repurpose sketchy lumber. Either way, I win! It’s a great tool and easy to use. Just be sure to buy an iron pipe as a handle. Wooden handles won’t take the repeated stress it takes to bust apart some pallets.