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Forum topic by TooTall17 posted 05-17-2019 03:36 PM 329 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2019 03:36 PM

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Happy Friday all,

I’ve got a bunch of pallets I plan to take apart this weekend and have been looking at the air locker/nail kicker tool for nail removal. Just wondering if any of you know of a version that Harbor Freight might have. I’ve searched their website and not seen anything. I’m not opposed to buying the real deal air locker tool, just thought I’d see what my options are.
Don’t hate me for using pallet wood or potentially shopping at Harbor Freight.


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#1 posted 05-17-2019 03:52 PM

Just came across something about using a palm nailer to remove nails. Anyone ever do this?

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#2 posted 05-17-2019 04:40 PM

Have you viewed any of the many Air locker videos & reviews on YouTube?

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#3 posted 05-17-2019 04:44 PM

I’ve been watching a lot of them this morning. Is there something in them that I should be noticing?

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#4 posted 05-17-2019 05:17 PM

Well I guess it depends on what the issue is you are trying to solve. I watched the vids and it looks like that tool does a decent job of removing nails from boards that you have already separated from the pallet. The issues I have had with taking pallets apart is before that – separating the boards in the first place. Especially with old oak pallets with fluted nails, I usually have to cut the nails and/or nail heads off. Once I am able to separate the planks from the pallet, in most cases that has loosened up the nails enough to either just pull by hand/pliers, or a tap of a hammer from the back. But I guess if you end up with a ton of planks that have intact nails, then that tool may save you some time? I just use a BFH and a recip saw with bimetal blade.

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#5 posted 05-17-2019 05:22 PM

I’m planning to cut the pallets up with a recip saw, leaving the nails flush with the boards. Mostly just trying to get the easy way out and not have to hit every nail with a nail set and hammer. I can totally do that, but would rather make a little quicker work of it.

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#6 posted 05-17-2019 05:27 PM



I m planning to cut the pallets up with a recip saw, leaving the nails flush with the boards. Mostly just trying to get the easy way out and not have to hit every nail with a nail set and hammer. I can totally do that, but would rather make a little quicker work of it.

- TooTall17

Ah, I see so you aren’t trying to salvage the main support boards. I usually do if they are a decent wood, which is why I usually pound/pry the thinner boards off, hoping to in turn get the nails out of the main boards. But in your case, then yeah $50 for that tool may save you an hour or 2.

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#7 posted 05-17-2019 08:05 PM

This guy does it like I do. Hammer, Prybar, and or chisel, and sawzall.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDoXdYMDcqI

If the nails through the slats into the runners are just pneumatic headless nails I use the puller below, and just pull them through the board. Sounds savage, but actually leaves less damage then pounding them, and prying them out.

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#8 posted 05-17-2019 08:31 PM

I’ve got a bunch of pallets I plan to take apart this weekend and have been looking at the air locker/nail kicker tool for nail removal.
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I’m planning to cut the pallets up with a recip saw, leaving the nails flush with the boards.
—TooTall17

I’m wondering if it will work with the nails cut flush with the wood? Seems like every demo I’ve watched is hitting out nails sticking through, where you would normally back them out with a hammer. I don’t believe the plunger goes past the wood, so it doesn’t seem like it would work very well in that situation.

It is an interesting gadget though… I break down pallets every now and then, and while it’s pretty quick and easy to strip the boards off with my homemade pallet buster, getting those spiral nails out is a royal PITA, and what consumes most of the time involved.

Cheers,
Brad

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#9 posted 05-25-2019 09:01 PM

I love my Air Locker for this. I makes really quick work for this task. If I only have a couple of nails though, I use a nail punch and my C-Man auto hammer. The reason for the punch is the auto hammer has too big of an opening. Nails get stuck on the side and you have to disassemble it to remove them. This also can be done using a palm nailer the same way. The crescent nail puller works well, but it is not as good as the Extractor by Jefferson tools http://www.nailextractor.com/. Izzy Swan has a Pallet Pal that you can get plans for or buy one off the internet. I have a real heavy duty one that uses 1” black pipe for the handle. Got it from https://www.etsy.com/listing/268241549/pallet-furniture-prybar-tool-breaker?ref=shop_home_active_5&frs=1 Dan

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