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Nail Puller

Although at first look this tool might seem like a Rube Goldberg design, on closer inspection you appreciate the ingenuity of its designer.  I can’t attest to how well it actually works, but it definitely looks cool.

Strike the top of this 8″ tool like you would a chisel to get the narrow 5/32″ jaws underneath the nail head. When you attach your hammer to either the top or side of the puller and lever against the fulcrum, the spring loaded jaws close to grip the nail.

Add this nail puller to your collection of eccentric tools for $15.

Forged Nail Puller [Lee Valley]


7 Responses to If Rube Goldberg Designed A Nail Puller

  1. Fred says:

    This looks like a smaller version of my old #56 (Crescent – Bridgeport) slide hammer nail puller. The #56 is 2 foot long – has jaws that are set by slamming down the slide hammer – and a similar fulcrum for lever-ing out the nail. Good for removing nails from pallets – or other uses where the final look is not too important.

  2. Its funny, I was strolling around the aisles of a local big box this morning and What did I see on the shelf? A Crescent #56 nail puller

    I’d never seen anything like these pullers — then as soon as I post it they come flying out of the woodwork!

  3. Everyone loves a nail puller, but I think that when my first few models finally hit the market, they’ll mark this one solved! If you want to see my basic early prototype, go to youtube and search “nail jack”. I’m almost on the market, but it’s taken a lot of work, because I’ve had to do it so far by myself.

  4. Keith says:

    These look like the nail-pulling version of the “Grandpa’s Weeder” tool. (Which is awesome)


  5. mike foley says:

    Can you believe that the Nail Jack and Nail Hunter are still a few weeks away? Youch!

  6. Mike says:

    I was looking for a cheaper version of the famous Crescent 56 a few years ago and bought this. This is a LOT smaller and lighter (& 1/3 the price) – about the size/weight of a standard nail puller 🙂 The only downside in the comparison is that the Crescent is potentially usable one-handed (…after a lot of practice). I teach construction and I’ve used this tool to pull countless headless, fully-buried nails that students have errantly driven (then pulled the heads off of trying to get them out with standard nail pullers). It does take a little practice to use this tool, but it gets the job done, with less damage to the material than a standard nail puller. I just came online to buy another, and found this blog so I thought I’d post my experience with it. It’s easily the best nail puller I’ve ever owned.

  7. Virgil says:

    I can’t quite get the hang of this tool. More often than not, my hammer slips off the little tangs, or the tool cuts the nail instead of pulling (in spite of the teeth being rather blunt right from the store). Every once in a while I get a nail pulled. Too bad; I really WANTED to like this tool.

    Congratulations on your nail jack, Mike. That looks like quite the tool indeed!


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