This is a simple but useful post on removing nails from pallet boards. I used a small pallet and made it into my jig Next step is to place you board with the nails on the jig, nail side up. As you can see I have the nails in the middle of the jig. […]
Good evening friends 🙂
Yes this is another post on Pallet Busting. In my other post I told you how I purchased an AFFORDABLE pallet buster on Amazon and i figure i better get an affiliate account going too 🙂
As everyone know its hard to start out and every penny helps.
Now I’ve seen many posts on Busting pallets and a variety of ways doing it.
1st the good old hammer and pry-bar. Good it takes forever just to do one, and that’s no good if we have lots of building to do. So we have to work as efficiently as possible.
2nd the Reciprocating Saw. Is a good start but you still have to use your hammer and wedge to separate the boards then you can get the saw in. Its hard to do alone and you will go through many blades, because the pallets use hardened nails. Then you still have to try and remove them from both boards.
3rd option is using your circular saw and cut the boards away from the stringers. Yes it works BUT you loose lots of board material and that limits you to what you can build.
That is why i got the pallet buster bar. No its not the name for this but here is the picture to show what i got and how affordable it was . This is one reason why I’m started an affiliate account. 🙂
When i first used it i didn’t know what to expect but i quickly found what prying the side stringers yo would only have one side under the board thus loosing your equal leverage and snapping the boards. And that does no one any good if you wreck all the boards you are trying to use.
What to do??? Then i incorporated my circular saw and cut the side stringers off. I loose maybe a half inch of board on either side. BUT the risk payed off. !!!
Here is a full pallet
Here is the pallet with no side stringers. Removed with a saw.
Here is the pallet buster at work. Notice the equal pressure on both sides of the board. And the result is NO broken boards.
Now the whole board is intact. So its just a matter of removing the nails by hammering back through the board.
And removing the nails from the side stringers.
This whole job minus the time to remove the nails from the side stringers took maybe 15 to 20 min. and that includes sawing the sides off.
And the wood is read to use for your next build.
So with all the struggles i had busting pallets this was by far the best option and the fastest FOR ME. I’m not saying the other ways aren’t effective BUT if i want to build fast i have to bust the pallets the fastest and most efficient way possible.
I think i found it for me. But i hope it helps others out there too 🙂
If i can save someone the headache i went through, and pass on a little bit of advice.
Then i’m happy 🙂