March 5, 2009

Nail Extractor Extracting Pliers


If you're the salvaging type like we are, you've got a pile of lumber out in the workshop that most people would have tossed in the dumpster by now. They're good looking boards with a lot of character, but they're peppered with nails, staples, and brads. If only there was some quick way of getting the nails out...

The Nail Extractor looks like just the thing for removing protruding nails. They're sort of like a set of pliers but with the heel of a pair of end-cutting pliers (our standard nail removing tool). The parallel jaws and the innovative way that they hinge creates a grip that will only yield when the user releases pressure on the heel of the tool. Because the tool essentially locks itself on the nail, you're left devoting your energy to the leverage part and not the gripping part. And the long handles assist with the leverage.

It's worth nothing though that the Nail Exractor is only going to be effective on fasteners that are already protruding from the surface, so if you're taking apart some framing that you just put together, you'll still need the cat's paw to get the nails started.

The Nail Extractor sells for just under $30 which seems to us to be a good price for a tool that appears to be very well made and quite useful.


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Posted by Doug Mahoney at March 5, 2009 4:41 AM
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I have used this nail extractor for about a year and it certianly does the job and does it well. It replaced a pair of nippers which had a tendency to just cut the nail - until they got dull. It is especially useful for remodeling work on window and door trim where you need to reuse the trim pieces you take off.

Posted by: Paul at March 9, 2009 8:52 AM

Own one of these. It does work but has not found a place in my tool belt. Has not replaced my more versatile pair of nippers. It almost borders on a homeowner tool but it does work well but there are many ways to skin a cat without spending more $$ with things that I already have.

I do not like to load up my belt with too much. Every ounce is felt at the end of a day.

Posted by: david at March 6, 2009 8:04 PM
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