Intro: The Depalletizer
Make your own Depalletizer for taking pallets apart.
Pallets are widely used and discarded. They are often made from hardwoods, air nailed with ring or spiral nails and are uniformly hard to pull apart.
This device gives you a substantial mechanical advantage and works with the general structure of pallets to pry them apart, keeping the wood intact so you can use it for your next project.
Step 1: Materials
- 6 foot long 1 inch drill rod
- 22 inches of ¾" steel rod
- 6 inches ¾" steel rod
Step 2: Making the Depalletizer
Heat the 20" by ¾" rod at 8 and 14 inches, then make 90 degree bends at these places to form a U shape.
Weld the six inch piece of ¾ inch across the U shape rod 4 to 5 inches from the ends. This will form the pivot point for the lifter and the ends of the U shape will go under the pallet boards.
Weld the drill rod to the mid point of the U shape and the short cross rod.
Step 3: Take Apart Your Pallets!
Place the forks of the U shape under a pallet board with the cross rod resting on the 2x4 sections. Press down on the drill rod. The U shape will lift the board, either pulling up the nails or pulling the nails through the board.