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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.
<p>Works great! I added the bar not as an improvement, it was just that I didn't have a wood dowel for a handle. Thanks for the idea!</p>
<p>Pallets:1 Me:0</p><p>Unacceptable!!! </p><p>Pallets, meet breaker 2.0</p>
i made this one ill try it out this weekend. thanks for the idea
Awesome idea.<br>It took about 2 hrs to chop &amp; weld everything.<br>I used an m8 bolt through an m8 tapped hole to start but this soon got stripped.<br>I then re - tapped the hole to m10 and with the nut &amp; bolt in place through the hole welded the nut in place. <br>Much better for holding a long metal bar in place. <br>It makes quick work of palettes..<br><br>:) <br><br>thanks
<p>Came across this link quite by chance. </p><p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/5961466/learn-how-to-properly-dismantle-a-wooden-pallet" rel="nofollow">http://lifehacker.com/5961466/learn-how-to-properl...</a></p><p>No special tools needed !</p>
<p>A good video, but I was waiting for him to step on the nails, I know I would have!</p><p>also you shouldn't hit hammer faces together as they can chip/shatter </p>
<p>super .thanks</p>
worked brilliantly, makes life a lot easier to break down the many pallets!
anyone know where i could get one that does NOT cost 40 i don't have the equipment skill or time to build this :)
A friend of mine built a similar tool from two pry bars, a piece of wood, and a couple of zip ties. <br><br>I don't have a link to a pic, but it's pretty straightforward if you find yourself in the hardware department.
If you don't have the welding equipment or skill set, you might be able to achieve similar results by drilling two holes through the tubing and angle for each &quot;arm&quot; and installing carriage bolts and lock washers.
<p>you'll need to purchase one then and $40 is about cost for materials and labor...so....</p>
Thanks
Just wanted to say thanks! Built one from scraps around house and it works great!
<p>this looks good</p><p><a href="http://www.occuk.co.uk/outdoor/pallet-breaker.htm" rel="nofollow">http://www.occuk.co.uk/outdoor/pallet-breaker.htm</a></p>
<p>just a comment on construction.This pallet buster is made correctly. I've<br>made multiple pallet busters, and found that the top of the &ldquo;arms&rdquo; that go<br>under the board must be even with the bottom of the &ldquo;pivot&rdquo; pipe connecting the<br>two arms. The key is to have the &ldquo;arms&rdquo; contact the whole board all at once to avoid splitting the board. I made one where the pivot point was welded<br>between the arms and it didn't work - I ended up cutting it up with my grinder and remaking it. Ones that are made like that are like using a simple pry bar; they<br>first make contact with one side of the board and lift up the edge and you end up splitting the board which you&rsquo;re trying to remove in one piece. Also, putting the handle offset about 15 degrees makes it easier to use. Good instructable.</p>
<p>You gotta remember dude. All pallets are different. Maybe you can come up with a different plan? Quit whinin'</p>
<p>Great idea. Pretty simple to make. Thanks</p>
<p>just a comment on construction. This pallet buster is made correctly. I've<br>made multiple pallet busters, and found that the top of the &ldquo;arms&rdquo; that go<br>under the board must be even with the bottom of the &ldquo;pivot&rdquo; pipe connecting the<br>two arms.The key is to have the &ldquo;arms&rdquo; contact the whole board all at once to avoid splitting the board. I made one where the pivot point was welded<br>between the arms and it didn&rsquo;t work. It ends up working like a simple pry bar; you<br>first make contact with one side of the board as you lift it up and end up splitting<br>the board which you&rsquo;re trying to remove in one piece. Also, I&rsquo;d recommend putting the handle offset about 15 degrees makes it easier to use. Good instructable.</p>
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made this because of this post. went with the metal handle for strength. works so great.
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
<p>Patents do not keep people from making something for themselves.</p>
<p>No offense intended unless you have U.S. patents and are willing to sue a whole lot of other manufactures that already do have US copyright you really don't have a leg to stand on. Further why would I spend $135 for something that I can make in less than 2 hours for about $5.00 (including gas money and travel time?</p>
<p>I agree took me less then 5 mins </p>
<p>LOL</p>
<p>Yeah, good luck with enforcing that.</p>
<p>Good luck trying to enforce your patent rights!!!!!</p>
$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.
<p>I made one. Used bed frame and an old really heavy chainlink fence post. Worked OK till I hit pallets that had serious nails to it. Then my welds broke! I'm going to modify the design to add tails off the back which I can step on and add leverage. That or saw the nails off and hammer them out with a punch......</p>
<p>Ha ha I invented hammers and now I'm rich.</p>
<p>I made this and kind of an over kill but it is what I had laying around and took me at the most 5 minutes to make. I spent more time finding some one to take these awesome pictures.</p><p>I used the following items:</p><p>2x2 HR 1/8 angle for the forks</p><p>2 inch 1/4 wall DOM what the fork rotates on</p><p>1-1/2 Sch 80 for the handle </p><p>I think I'll powder coat it next.</p><p>Boom I saved myself $135 by doing it myself. Don't Hate Fabricate!</p>
tank for idea.
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.
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.
<p>bout </p><p>113.99 US Dollar plus shipping from UK</p>
<p>PLENTY available on line to order sir! :)</p>
<p>made one like this. Thanks for the idea with the bed frame use. </p>
<p>Great idea! For this with no welding skills, a drill and a couple bolts will easily do the trick. I made mine out of pre-fab aluminum angle scraps from my local school's shop, and a few bolts. Now it's just a question of attaching the dowel to it...</p>
<p>For anyone that has taken pallets apart this is a wonderful thing. For those of you who have not tried, they can be very difficult to dismantle. Find a friend to weld this for you. I wish I had one of these decades ago!</p>
<p>I'm in the u.s., I build chicken coops out of the pallets they ship lawnmowers and quads on. I've been whacking at it with claw hammers, flat bars, and a 6lb sledge for years. I'm going to build this today. ...save my back...</p>
<p>I use a sawzall and cut nails</p>
Oh and it cost me &pound;0, in dollars that would be $0. Bloody brilliant.
<p>Great idea!!!! This will be the first project for my new wire wwelder.....figuring out the cost must have been tough but I'm seeing a pattern. I crunnched the numbers and it also came out 0 pesos and 0 baht</p>
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.
<p>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 :)</p>
<p>Drat. I can't believe I didn't find this before posting my version. :)<br>The wooden handle is a nice touch. Great idea</p>
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

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