Pallet Breaker

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I'm a big believer in KISS (keep it simple stupid). Utilitarian design appeals to me.

Intro: Pallet Breaker

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.

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72 Discussions

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MARCUS & JAKE

1 year ago

i mean pipe thickness of 2mm

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MARCUS & JAKE

1 year ago

Hi would a 2mm stub pipe be ok?

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AlexHon

2 years ago

Anyone think of just cutting up an older trenching shovel, in case they cant weld for whatever reason. I could see it bending, but if ya think its to much just get out your pry bar for the tougher ones.

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Dregenfly Art

2 years ago

Genius!! Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea! :)

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rfburger

2 years ago

Simple yet practical. Cool idea

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Gareth0123

4 years ago on Introduction

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

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JaronGGareth0123

Reply 2 years ago

awesome that you have patents good for you but thats FOR YOUR product. your cargo cycles product. that doesnt mean you have rights to every single pallet dismantling tool. plus you might not even have patents for here in the U.S. seriously tho good for you for having your specific pallet breaker patents :) but you dont own every single pallet breaker ever.

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VergaGareth0123

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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?

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mhewGareth0123

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

$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.

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buck2217pmshah

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

A good video, but I was waiting for him to step on the nails, I know I would have!

also you shouldn't hit hammer faces together as they can chip/shatter

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danfraindarrianleetryon

Reply 3 years ago

A friend of mine built a similar tool from two pry bars, a piece of wood, and a couple of zip ties.

I don't have a link to a pic, but it's pretty straightforward if you find yourself in the hardware department.