Following our various posts presenting some bars to dismantle pallets (here and there), we always have many requests for advice on these tools, and you always ask us where to buy them. So we decided to kill two birds with one stone and to provide you with Pallet Dismantling Bar Comparative Review. We’ve compiled a selection of the commercial tools that are available, along with the links to buy them. We focused on models that bring ingenious solutions, and have prices from between 35 and 150 dollars. The various tools are not presented in any particular order, and we’re not recommending one over the other.
Review of the first Pallet Dismantling Bar: the Duckbill Deck Wrecker
You can find several styles of deck wreckers. Here are some highlights on the Duckbill Deck Wrecker or the simple Cats Paw Deck Wrecker. They are functional and do the job, but some users point out that they are a bit rigid, and the forks are often narrow and/or short. So although they have good ratings on THD or Amazon, they will be more likely to break the planks instead of pulling them loose cleanly. But, this particular tool is designed to dismantle old decks fast. As pallet crafters, we’re usually looking to be able to remove the deck boards as cleanly as possible, without breaking them. As a consequence, depending on the pallet type and quality, using these tools can easily break the wooden boards and be counterproductive.
The Cats Paw Deck Wrecker is one of the cheapest and is sold around 50$ on TDH (while strangely, it’s around US$100 on Amazon). The Duckbill Deck Wrecker is sold around US $75 and seems a better choice for us. We do not use this type of tool since half of the board can break while dismantling our pallets.
Here below is a short video using the Duckbill Pallet Dismantling Bar:
Review of the second Pallet Dismantling Bar: The Roughneck Demolition & Lifting Bar
This one is one of the cheapest we found. It has all the basic elements to do the job. The longer forks will help reduce the amount of broken boards (compared to the previous model). It is sold around US$30 (delivery included).
Review of the third Pallet Dismantling Bar: Bull Bar™ by Crescent®
This one has a truly interesting feature: the variable angle between the teeth and the handle. Innovation and uniqueness have a cost since the product is sold for almost 100 dollars! This feature will help in not breaking the board while dismantling your pallet. We also love the integrated nail remover!
Review of the fourth Pallet Dismantling Bar: The Vestil SKB-DLX
This product is quite interesting because of its unique features, and represents, in our opinion, the best compromise. The Vestil SKB-DLX provides two support forks on each side, instead of just one. As a result, the wood is much less marked, and the boards are less likely to break. Moreover, it is one of the only ones to offer an angle of work close to 90 ° which in use is better for small spaces and the back of the crafter.
It also has a very ingenious rotary system you will notice in the video. The Vestil SKB-DLX is the one we advise since it’s the best trade-off for us. It is sold for around 80 dollars.
Comparison of all Pallet Dismantling Bar tools:
In conclusion, here is a summary of all the dismantling bars we’ve compared. If you are using another model that is worth being here, or if you made your own, we’d be interested in sharing your tutorial here, so that the other crafters can make one on their own.