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Favorite Pry Bar

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BigMarv1085

09-01-2012 15:36:27
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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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jose bagge

09-06-2012 12:15:31
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
My favorite "big" pry bar is made out of an F150 drag link. We used to change out a lot of these back in the day, and almost every mechanic in the shop had one like it for prying around on LBJ jobs or on coil springs.



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TIMAR

09-03-2012 15:55:38
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
OTC flat one end point on the other. Chrome vandium. Found on the hwy 20 yrs ago



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OLWHDA

09-03-2012 07:22:33
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
I have one made out of an enclosed drive shaft outta some old car or pickup, that is what my late father told me anyhow, pointed on one end and square on other end. approx 5 ft long.



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ihman73

09-02-2012 13:26:29
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 Re: I know where it is. in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
We made one out of a feederhouse jackshaft that had a bearing that went out and wore a spot in off our 1460 combine. Point on one end and a wedge on the other. Would like to make another but the extra shaft we have is just that. An extra, if I made another pry bar I'd need a feederhouse jackshaft.



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BigMarv1085

09-02-2012 10:08:36
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
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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Mike (WA)

09-02-2012 09:00:09
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
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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GordoSD

09-02-2012 10:15:11
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 I know where it is. in reply to Mike (WA), 09-02-2012 09:00:09  
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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Mike (WA)

09-05-2012 18:23:13
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 Re: I know where it is. in reply to GordoSD, 09-02-2012 10:15:11  
Glad you found it. Thanks. Send it back, COD. Pronto.



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Goose

09-02-2012 08:31:59
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
I had one, once, but I loaned it to a friend and he screwed it up.



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Ultradog MN

09-02-2012 06:44:36
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
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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Doc in WV

09-02-2012 04:40:52
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
I have a track alignment Bar

The gandy dancers used it...heavy but effective!



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showcrop

09-02-2012 04:20:34
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
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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Diydave

09-02-2012 03:47:48
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
The closest thing, that looks like it will take the load!



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Uncle Ernie

09-01-2012 20:46:40
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
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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Zachary Hoyt

09-01-2012 18:53:01
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
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.
Zach



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ASEguy

09-01-2012 17:32:38
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
Ditto what glennster said. Torsion bars.



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glennster

09-01-2012 17:00:50
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
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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Puddles

09-01-2012 16:17:45
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to Lonesome George, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
I use one of these for most things.

http://www.ironworkergear.com/kleinroundsleeverbar30inx78india.aspx



And one of these for the other things. :lol:
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200326320_200326320

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PJH

09-01-2012 15:44:32
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 Re: Favorite Pry Bar in reply to BigMarv1085, 09-01-2012 15:36:27  
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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