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Nail Kicker Offers a Highly Productive and Safe Approach to Nail and Board Removal
Save Lumber: Learn how the innovative Nail Kicker denailer tool helps pallet companies save more boards when removing and repairing pallets. Pry bars tend to damage boards. But the Nail Kicker is safe and easy to use allowing more boards to be saved than traditional methods of disassembly.
By Rick LeBlanc
Date Posted: 4/3/2017
Learn how the innovative Nail Kicker denailer tool helps pallet companies save more boards when removing and repairing pallets. Pry bars tend to damage boards. But the Nail Kicker is safe and easy to use.
Whether your challenge is in removing nails from boards or boards from pallets or wood containers, the RECONNX Nail Kicker V20 is an easy-to-use tool designed to do just that. Weighing just 3.6 lbs, the durable Nail Kicker is less demanding on employees, 2-4 times more productive and safer than using a pry bar or hammer.
The Nail Kicker looks similar to a nail gun, but it drives nails out, rather than nailing them in. The pneumatic powered tool runs on 90 to 125 psi and offers interchanging driver and nose sets. These are easily swapped by manually unscrewing the nose and replacing the nose. The matching driver can be exchanged by removing just four screws with the included 4mm driver bit.
To give an idea of the flexibility offered by the Nail Nicker, Pallet Enterprise recently touched base with Riverview Industrial Wood Products, which uses the tool primarily for new pallet board removal, and McIntosh Box & Pallet, which employs it mainly for removal of boards from repair pallets or wood packaging.
Riverview: It All Started With Seeing the Nail Kicker in an Ad
Riverview Industrial Wood Products, one of Ohio’s largest producers, has been using the Nail Kicker for about three years. The company utilizes Viking automated pallet nailing machines, Baker band saw lines, as well as operating two heat treatment kilns.
While Riverview does a lot of new pallets and a fair amount of custom crating, it also does some recycling and repair for specific customers. “We do custom repair for several clients,” stated Pat Lorson, general manager of the Smithville, Ohio-based company.
Lorson reported that the company first took an interest in the RECONNX Nail Kicker after seeing it in an ad. “We saw an ad, and took a flyer on one,” Lorson said. “And that worked out, so we got a second one.”
Now, the company has recently ordered a third Nail Kicker, following the success of its first two tools. “We have three automatic nailing machines, and we would like to have one at each one of them,” Lorson explained. “We’ll see where we go from there. We might get another one or two to help out in the pallet recycle operation too.”
If a board needs to be removed, the Nail Kickers take care of it. “It is similar to a nail gun, only you don’t have a magazine,” Lorson explained. “The driver just comes out, and you hit the driver repeatedly, and it will drive the nail right through the board.” For the most part, he noted, a board can be taken off and is still usable, unlike if a pry bar is used.
Lorson reported that the RECONNX tools are holding up well. “We’ve had very few problems,” he said, noting that service has also been solid. “We haven’t needed a lot, but when we have, they respond quickly, and we are not out of service for long.”
McIntosh Box & Pallet: Nail Kicker to the Rescue for Large Pallet Repair Program
East Syracuse, New York-based McIntosh Box & Pallet was founded in 1962. It started as a new-build, made-to-order crate and pallet supplier to a single large customer, operating from one location. Since then, the company has grown, adding seven additional locations in the process. “Along with new pallets and crates, we provide pallet repair services, wood & corrugated recycling services, packaging product sales, on-site crating, packaging, and container packing services,” explained Josh Stasik, sales and accounts manager for McIntosh. “We service the entire country by brokering through partner pallet companies, as well as manufacturing and providing services for partner pallet companies in the Northeast.”
McIntosh Box & Pallet provides high volume commodity type products such as the new & recycled 48x40 GMA pallets. However, it is also known for providing the low-to-mid volume products. “We assure excellent service and the highest quality, at affordable prices,” Stasik stated.
“We try to educate all of our customers that we can provide much more than standard GMA & recycled pallets,” Stasik added, explaining the company’s approach to creating customer value. “We also have a great design team that will spend time with each customer at their location to view, analyze and offer suggestions to improve their packaging process. We always try to consider much more than just the pallet price to reduce overall cost through the reduction of safety issues, shipping damage, and downtime.”
About five years ago, Stasik recalled, the company initiated a return and repair program with one of its long-standing customers, an aluminum company. “Traditionally they returned all of their broken skids to have us grind for mulch,” Stasik reported. “Many of these skids were just at that point where the labor, time and effort to repair them would take too long if we couldn’t find a better way.”
“I believe one of our folks noticed the nail kicker ad in Pallet Enterprise and thought about how they could use this,” Stasik continued. “We were looking for a fast, easy, and safe way to disassemble those very large skids, and the Nail Kicker gave us that!” As a result, the company boosted its repair rate, lowering cost, and solidifying its relationship with the large customer. “We were able to repair many of their skids which offered a huge cost saving for them and still provided a safe & profitable operation for us, a win-win!”
Also, the Nail Kicker comes in handy for dealing with a crate or pallet that has been made incorrectly, allowing lumber to be easily removed and salvaged.
Employees like the Nail Kicker, Stasik said, noting that it is much easier to use than a pry bar or a reciprocating saw. “Safety is essential in our industry,” he elaborated. “Our industry has faced huge comp insurance increases in the past few years resulting from higher than average injuries. Any time we can remove the potential for injuries such as cuts from using saws, or back injuries from pry-bars and strenuous activities; it is a no-brainer!”
Stasik spoke highly of support offered by RECONNX and its “seasoned” staff. “They’ve been in our shoes before,” Stasik said. “They know exactly what we are looking for and can always provide an easy solution and suggestions to ease the pain of our problems!”
The Nail Kicker is sold by RECONNX, Inc. For more information, visit https://nailkicker.com/ or call 888-447-3873 (USA only) or 303-554-8557.
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Pallet Repair and Dismantling
• Easily remove deck boards or stringers from pallets without damaging boards
• Safely dismantle pallets
• Less muscle fatigue and easier to use on a worker than a pry bar
• Offered for purchase or rental
• Turn scrap piles into useable lumber