Crescent Bull Bar
When I rank all of the prybars that I've ever used, the number one spot goes to the Crescent DB18X Indexing Flat Bar (I reviewed it for Tools of the Trade here). With the articulating head, you can use it to delicately pry off crown moulding or bust up a foundation (both of which I've spent a lot of time doing). Because of the success of the Indexing bar, my ears always prick up a little when I hear that Crescent is releasing a new demo/pry tool. And that's exactly what they've just done with the Bull Bar ($95).
The Bull Bar looks like a badass branding iron and sort of falls in the category of those tools specific to ripping up decking. If you can believe it, it's actually a crowded market with tools like the Duckbill Deck Wrecker ($65), the Duck Prybar ($125), the Vestil SKB-7 Pallet Buster ($60), and the Mayhew Pro Cats Paw ($132), just to name the few that I found after 90 seconds of searching (there are a bunch more). These tools all have a double pronged head designed to fulcrum off a joist and cradle the deck board to either side of it. At around $100 the Bull Bar is in the mid-range as far as pricing goes. It would be tough for me to justify shelling much more than that for a pry bar.
What's cool about the Bull Bar is that it has the same articulating head as the Indexing Bar. This really changes the tool from a deck specific item to an all around demo bar. The prying claws look pretty chunky, so I think it's unlikely you'll be gently removing a door casing with it, but if you're taking a wall down, this could certainly come in handy. Most of the other deck busters all have set jaws, so they can really only be used for the single designated use. The Duck Prybar seems to articulate too, but at $125....
So the moderate price compared with my own experience with Crescent's articulating demo tools makes me like the looks of this one quite a bit.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 3, 2015 9:09 AM