Today I want to talk about crowbars and all their modern variants that prestigious brands offer, just think of Stanley Fubar that combines the functions of hunting nails with those of lever and many others that we will examine later. Which crowbar should you choose and what are the functions of each one? What are Fubars? Is it worth introducing these items into your tools? These are questions that I often hear, and that I’d like to answer.
Let's go back to the origins of the tool that is the main character of today's episode and a fundamental tool in construction equipment and work in general. The crowbar is a tool used mainly for the purpose of extracting nails and disarming structures. It always has a flat end with a notch, under which the head of the nail is placed. Once the nail hook is inserted, it is possible, by pressing the long part of the tool, to easily extract the nail. This procedure is applied in particular to axle boards, scaffolding or temporary constructions on construction sites and in the building industry in general. The nail remover, when used to disarm and separate components, is used as a lever.
Different versions, such as Stanley's nails lever, have been developed with features for specific uses, precisely to improve the leverage of this instrument used to unhinge or to separate two objects. These particular work tools have a curved end, with a sharp side, characterized by the notch mentioned above, while the other end has a flattened and folded head instead of the handle which is inserted into the gap between the materials to be unhinged (even with the help of a hammer) it is used as a lever. In this case, for example, this tool is used as a crowbar with the purpose of forcing and unhinging windows, strips, sheet of metal and other materials and it is a valuable work tool for different types of professionals such as carpenters, firefighters, carriage breakdowns and unfortunately also for other types of professionals, such as thieves. In many cases, the crowbar or nail bar is classified not only as a tool to disarm, even as a real demolition tool, among the best hand tools to tear apart anything and to destroy structures.
A nail bar is therefore a very useful tool that can not miss from a professional’s work equipment or for someone who wants to be sure to have all the necessary tools for every eventuality; in particular, we categorize this tool as building equipment.
Now, I would like to present to you the models of Stanley crowbars available on the market, in progression from the simplest to the most complex.
This is the basic model, the most well-known model among non-professionals. It consists of a curved metal bar with a swan-necked end which has a notch in it to unhinge nails, while the other end acts as a lever or chisel. The swan neck curvature is essential for multiplying leverage. This model is available either in the forged steel version or in the Stanley Fatmax version in forged carbon steel and with a trilobed section that guarantees incredible strength and sturdiness even when faced with the most complex jobs. In both cases, however, we are dealing with a reliable and performing tool and certainly an excellent component in our work equipment.
This model differs from the traditional one because its nail removing notched end is very flat and generally even wider. The fact that it is so thin facilitates the work of lever for nails and axles removal or in case you have to separate two materials, because it can be inserted deep between the parts (even in this case this operation can be facilitated with the help of a hammer) and also exert greater force. This part of the tool is so thin that it can also be inserted gently between the wall and frames, moldings and brooms, allowing you to gently remove them without damaging the two parts and makes this tool ideal for renovations or do-it-yourself housework.
The opposite end consists of a hook at an angle of about 90°, hammered into the back and top. Its particular angle allows you to split, pull and leverage increasing the force yield and greatly reducing the effort. In addition, as you can see from the image, there is also a slot for the removal of nails inside the hook. The solid structure of the nail remover allows you to use a hammer to help you in all tasks: splitting a wall, extracting nails or separating surfaces. The Japanese crowbar is an excellent ally for demolition work and an excellent work tool.
Now let's move on to this other interesting model of crowbars, whose English name shows how much it is appreciated by professionals and workers in general. In the English-speaking world, this demolition and disarming tool is known as wonder bar. So let's see why it was deserves such special name.
The American nail remover has a very thin 90 ° bent end that can be used to extract nails and to unscrew, unglue or separate two pieces (obviously in both cases you can hammer the back surface of the nail bar to facilitate work). On the opposite side of the tool we find, instead, a crack in the terminal part for the extraction of nails and another crack in the body of the tool itself. Both of these slots are ideal for extracting nails from surfaces and are useful because they adapt to different surfaces and situations and make work much easier. But it does not end here; in fact, some models of American nail-guns, like the Stanley wonder bars, have a further feature, which makes them unique to their kind. This tool is bent in a U shape about three-quarters of its length. This curve that characterizes the American crowbar has been especially designed to facilitate the extraction of nails: in fact, you can just leverage this hump that acts as a further fulcrum to easily remove the nails or pins without the need for pieces of wood or other thicknesses to help with exercising leverage.
Moreover, its particular shape guarantees a more comfortable and safe grip, the possibility of reaching even the most confined spaces and of working consistently and, above all, allows you to lift panels without the use of hands. Let me explain: the American nail remover can be used to lift panels from the ground by prying with his foot on the L-shaped part of the tool itself, thus helping to lift panels for their positioning. Therefore it is an instrument suitable also for lifting as well as demolition. Certainly a little gem to enrich your tools with!
Now I want to talk to you about one of the highlights of our catalog. On this product it is good to spend a few more words: Stanley designed these tools, which we could call multi-functional tools, because they bring together at least 4 different tools within a rather light and compact tool, all essential for demolition.
All Stanley fubars are made of a single piece of carbon steel that guarantees extreme strength and sturdiness, even with respect to rust, excellent performance as well as a positive effect on the worker's health because the vibrations in case of shocks to the arm are drastically decreased. All of them have a handle with knurled rubber inserts to allow a stable and anti-slip grip even in cases where it is in contact with oily materials. In addition, they are equipped on one end with an jaw, ideal for levering, splitting and bending. The jaw has two thicknesses and allows an excellent grip of the object, making the demolition maneuvers effortless. In addition, the double thickness of the jaw also ensures a great ability to leverage and to exert the needed force in the right places. The back part of the jaw is, instead, made like a hammer with a large hinged head, ideal for beating and demolishing.
The opposite end differs according to the model. The Stanley fubar 1-55-119 has a chisel-shaped end that can be used as a lever, to split or can be used as a chisel, an instrument that can be very useful on site. Other versions, such as the Stanley 1-55-099 model, have a slot to extract nails and to exert lever to separate panels and surfaces. Also in this case it is possible to hammer the rear part to exert greater force while using the lever.
These work tools are therefore very useful on site, especially when it comes to demolition. Stanley fubars, besides being highly resistant, perform (at least) 4 different functions: they act as levers, they are used for the extraction of nails, they break and hammer thanks to the hammer with a large head and to bend. The fubar therefore constitute a valuable ally for any worker and for sure they can always come in handy. For this reason they should never be missing from the belts of a carpenter, a painter, mason or plasterer. By the way, they can also be conveniently placed in the hammer hook of your work belt.
Whether you are a professional or not, a classic or more elaborate nail remover or a fubar cannot be missing from your toolbox! And if you're not convinced, I suggest you try it to believe it.