OK! So.... This isn't an original idea, but I need an easy way to break down pallets, and I like this design. I have been wanting to make one of these and this is how I did it.
Some things you will need:
2" angle iron
saw (band or reciprocating)
measuring tape and marker
*You are about to venture into metal working and trust me when I say you do NOT want metal slivers in your skin or eyes. Use your PPE! Also metal gets hot when being cut or welded. ;-)
I used 2" stainless angle for this project. It is a bit overkill, but it is some scrap I had.
There are basically 4 part to this project: the base, the two tongues, and the pole.
The base needs to be long enough to accommodate the two tongues as well as fit over a 4" beam. I settled on 8 " for the base. The tongues will need to be long enough to give proper leverage and short enough to be maneuvered between the pallet slats. I settled on 7" for the tongues.
Measure your lengths and cut up the angle iron. (side note: I used a band saw but not everyone has access to that. Use what you have access to and make the best of whatever situation you have. If you don't have a band saw use a sawzall. If you don't have a sawzall, use a cutting wheel on an angle grinder. If you don't have one of those, use a hacksaw. I really don't recomend going any further down the manual tool line than that.)