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Pallet Breaker

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If you have more than a couple of pallets to break up, this tool will save a lot of time.

I welded it up from scrap I had in the shop (bed frame angle iron, black pipe, square tubing, shovel handle).  Lots of different scrap will work.  Make sure to make your forks wide enough so you can get around a 4 inch stringer. 

In the beginning, if your pallet boards are too close together to fit the breaker, go ahead and knock the first one out with a hammer from behind. 

Bed frames and old yard tools are great raw materials.  Cruise Freecycle.
Oh and it cost me £0, in dollars that would be $0. Bloody brilliant.
Just to say, I made one after reading your ible, bloody brilliant. Used a bit of scaffold pole instead of wooden pole just to be stronger. Out of 8 pallets, I broke no boards with the tool. My welding sucks, but it does the job ;-) thanks for sharing.
diverdan171 month ago

Built this about 8 months ago, have minimal welding skills. Believe I did an awesome job and finally had an opportunity to use it today. Tore up a pallet in about 5 minutes :)

darren83061 month ago

Drat. I can't believe I didn't find this before posting my version. :)
The wooden handle is a nice touch. Great idea

emoelectric2 months ago
Great tool I made one from scrap I had cost me $0.00. Tried it once. The Woden handle broke. Luckily I used a threaded pipe nipple so I screwed a piece of pipe. When I tried it the nails pulled through the board
imthegrt13 months ago
Does it split the wood bad.
I usually use a sawsaw to just cut the nails
Gareth01233 months ago
The patents, registered designs, design rights and copyrights for Pallet Dismantling/Stripping bars already belong to me. Yes I make and sell them commercially, and I ship them all over the world. www.cargo-cycles.com
mhew Gareth01233 months ago
$140 for a gadget to tear apart pallets? That's ludicrous. Yeah, I think I'll build my own. This one looks like it's gonna cost me about $15 in time.
fcharest13 months ago
thank you for the idea ! now we're ready to start crafting


here's mine !
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popeurbanx8 months ago
Man! How cool is this!! You should either make them to sell or licence someone to do so. I'd buy one in a second.
The patents, registered designs, design rights and copyrights for Pallet Dismantling/Stripping bars already belong to me. Yes I make and sell them commercially, and I ship them all over the world. www.cargo-cycles.com
tmoney4384 months ago
Any measurement suggestions On the fork length? Guess they need to be as wide as the boards your prying, but pallets have skinny and wide boards. I may make mine reversible, one side long enough for the wide boards.
anyone know where i could get one that does NOT cost 40 i don't have the equipment skill or time to build this :)
We have a couple pallets and were just trying to figure out how to break it down without destroying the boards. Here's our answer!
Skaishadow5 months ago
Great job. Wish this was at Home Depot...I'd buy it (no welding skills)
modern man6 months ago
Nice execution! Could also be used to remove deck boards when re-surfacing (as long as they are not screwed on)
it's like "why didn't I think of that" we'll done sir :)
perkrwd8 months ago
I like it Allot !
wilwrk4tls8 months ago
I like it! I have taken pallets apart a couple of different ways but they still seem to end up with too much work on the tail end for the wood you get. This may be just the tool to get me to try using pallets again.
cepterbi9 months ago
very usefull tool for me. I'll make me one. Tnx for the idea
Phil B11 months ago
Very interesting. Someone posted one of these quite some time back. That one used much heavier materials. I am glad to know that you did not need heavier stock and more welds with more bracing.
kz1 Phil B9 months ago
I remember when the heavier one was posted. He took that design and went commercial with it. I think he was from England?? Great design though. I use a lot of pallet wood for various projects and this tool definitely makes the job easier and save a lot of wood that is usually lost due to splintering a splitting.
emoelectric10 months ago
Neat I'm planing on building one.
Thank You
kleinjahr10 months ago
Not bad atall. Could use pipe for it as well. Note, you might get better leverage/grip if the forks were at, somewhere around, 110 or 115 degrees from the handle rather than at 90.
EnergyHandyman11 months ago
Excellent, always use a circular saw so I can trash the nails, but I end up with no long pieces. Thanks!
voyageur1011 months ago
This is genius! Thanks.
agauvrit11 months ago
My brother and my father made me one for future pallet breaking

Thanks for the tip !

Alexandre
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walkthewalk (author)  agauvrit11 months ago
Very cool!
Quick-tune11 months ago
Neat,I built a similar tool using Rebar, but made the fork prongs curve down as I found that this lessened the chance of splitting at the nails.
spiny11 months ago
what a great idea :)
nanosec1211 months ago
amazingly simple and useful...

Well done !!
ben779811 months ago
Very nice job
l8nite11 months ago
nice tool
bakdrft waldosan11 months ago
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audreyobscura11 months ago
THIS IS GENIUS! I'm gonna make one.
MidnightMaker11 months ago
This is a great timesaver / back saver.
Good job, I have broken apart many pallets with a hammer and pry bar. This tool looks like it will be very useful for retaining the pallet materials.
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