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BigMarv1085
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:36 pm    Post subject: Favorite Pry Bar Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Reading the post below made me wonder if any of you have a favorite pry bar. I have 2 that are made of old buggy axles about 5 foot long. One has a pointed end and a wedged end, the other is wedged with a blunt end. You can bust through granite rocks. Excellant when digging post holes.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Favorite Pry Bar Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a buggy axle like you mentioned - rounded on one end and 1" square on the other. Makes a real good post tamper. Good steel.

Speaking of buggy axles - while cleaning my old cistern a few years ago, I noticed that someone had used a buggy axle or two as reinforcement in the concrete top. They were obviously laying on the bottom form when they poured the concrete.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Favorite Pry Bar Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I use one of these for most things.
http://www.ironworkergear.com/kleinroundsleeverbar30inx78india.aspx



And one of these for the other things. Laughing
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200326320_200326320
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Favorite Pry Bar Reply to specific post Reply with quote

the old torsion bars from the chrysler front suspension make a good persuader, also i have a couple square axles of of disk gangs, flatten the end up, they work good too.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Favorite Pry Bar Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ditto what glennster said. Torsion bars.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Favorite Pry Bar Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a 1" round bar about 3' long with a flattened slightly bent end and a pointy end. It is my favorite bar for general prying and also for chipping ice off concrete.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Favorite Pry Bar Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This is my favorite for moving or lifting something.
If it doesnt work I break out the 6ft. Swede...ya ya that'il move er...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:47 am    Post subject: Re: Favorite Pry Bar Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The closest thing, that looks like it will take the load!
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:20 am    Post subject: Re: Favorite Pry Bar Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I have a pretty good selection. The largest has a bevel at the business end so that it acts like a tooth on a bucket. It is about 50 inches and weighs about twenty lbs. I have two of what my father always called crow bars. Then I have a wonder bar, and the old buggy axle that I found about 40 years ago and dragged behind my truck on pavement to put some sharpness on one end.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:40 am    Post subject: Re: Favorite Pry Bar Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a track alignment Bar

The gandy dancers used it...heavy but effective!
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:44 am    Post subject: Re: Favorite Pry Bar Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My favorite is a 5' bar.
It's in my pickup at all times.
Amazing how often I use it.
Moving a trailer over that last inch so it sits on top of the ball hitch, breaking out concrete, removing tie rods on a tractor, chiseling ice,
etc, etc.
My next favorite is a wonder bar. I couldn't do my work without one.


 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:31 am    Post subject: Re: Favorite Pry Bar Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had one, once, but I loaned it to a friend and he screwed it up.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:00 am    Post subject: Re: Favorite Pry Bar Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My favorite was one my dad had made at Coolidge Machine when I was 4 or 5- I got to watch. Bar was hexagonal stock, about 3/4 inch diameter, pointed on one end, spade on the other. That was the cool part for a kid- heating the end in a forge and "blacksmithing" the spade end.

Used exclusively for digging post holes in our rocky soil. Don't know what ever happened to it, dad gave away a lot of stuff to opportunistic strangers toward the end.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:08 am    Post subject: Re: Favorite Pry Bar Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There is a part of a old buggy axle sticking out of the old milk barn foundation at my dads. Tried pulling it out before but must be stuck pretty good.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:15 am    Post subject: I know where it is. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It's in my shop. 66 inches long 1 1/8 diameter, hex, point on one end like little blunt axe head on the other. weighs about 20 lbs.
 
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