The Must-Have Tool For DIY Wooden Pallet Projects

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Not everyone’s a fan, of course. Experienced woodworker and YouTuber The Wooden Rider points out that while pallet busters do work, they’re difficult and even dangerous to use, leaving you with too many cracked boards. Michael Martin, carpenter and co-founder of Reclaim Design, reckons they’re not worth the high price point either, particularly because a pallet buster is a single-job tool. What’s more, the design may not work with every style of pallet. Other experts complain of a lack of precision compared with other more hands-on options. If, after hearing out the naysayers, you still believe a pallet buster is a tool well-worth trying (and we’re definitely not saying it isn’t), you’re likely wondering where to get your hands on one. 

Are tools a good estate sale buy? Can you pick this implement up at any local hardware store? After all, it’s a specialist tool. It turns out that pallet busters are actually pretty easy to source — especially if you’re buying one new. Walmart sells a pallet buster with a 41-inch-long handle by the popular tool brand Vestil for $99.49. Roughneck seems to be the go-to pallet buster brand in the U.K. but their tools are difficult to find in the U.S. If you come across one secondhand on, say, eBay, snap it up! You could also try your luck on Facebook Marketplace. If you’re very handy, there are also tons of tutorials online to make your own from scrap metal (welded or not) and leftover wood.

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