Build this homemade pallet pry bar with parts from the hardware store, no welding required. Grab a bunch of right angle brackets and some nuts and bolts, and make a pallet buster. Neat.
Pallet Pry Bar Parts List
Eight 4" right angle brackets
Two 3 ½" Grade 5 ⅜" bolts & nuts
Two ¾" ¼" bolts & nuts
Handful of lockwashers
Handful of ⅜" washers
Six ½" nuts to use as spacers
Three foot length of ¾" pipe
Right angle elbow ¾" pipe
Do a dry run in the hardware store and make sure this all works as best you can, it might save a trip to the store.
I don't have an exact measurement as to where to drill the holes, you can use this photo as a guide. You can drill this with a corded drill, or ideally, a drill press. Be sure to oil the bit as it cuts to keep it cool. The drill bit will wander when making the holes for the homemade pallet pry bar, so use a pointed metal punch or nail to set a point for the drill to sit in.
Drill out the existing holes in the brackets to accept the bolts.
I used nylon lock nuts on the two bolts that go through the pipe, if you can't find them, use lock washers to keep the nuts tight. The two smaller bolts that hold the brackets to themselves don't have to be Grade 5, regular ones will do.
The oversized nuts work great for spacing the brackets off the pallet buster. I made this wide to account for different pallets I have run into.
Be sure to tighten up the bolts! There is a lot of torque happening here, you don't want this to fall apart. After you have assembled the pallet pry bar, round off the sharp corners of the brackets. This will help minimize damage to the pallet wood, if you want to use it to build stuff.
I found the addition of the pipe elbow really helps this tool work well. It adds a little bit of leverage. I got the idea from the small wonder bar crowbar I have, it has a small loop of metal behind the business end of the bar.
Thanks to Darren and Rybitski of Instructables for the inspiration to build this.
What can we do to improve this pallet breaker? Let me know below.