Crescent has come out with a new indexing prying tool that’s designed for professional and DIY demolition, renovation, and prying tasks – the Bull Bar (model number DKB44X). It features a forked prying bar that provides balanced lifting forces on both sides of a nail.
This is presumably where the Bull Bar name came from – the prying head looks to be in the shape of the two horns on a mature bull’s head.
Both prying blades have teeth that dig in and grip the edge of boards to decrease slippage. There’s also a strong nail puller in the center that can remove ring shank nails and longer nails that might be extra stubborn to remove.
I had to look up what ring shank nails are. They’re those nails that have thread-like ridges all around the shaft that make them even tougher to remove than ordinary smooth-shanked nails. All nails are designed for permanent installation, but ring shank nails seem to be designed for even greater strength and retention.
The Crescent Bull Bar has a heavy duty 44-inch knurled handle that can provide plenty of leverage.
The prying head can pivot and lock in place, enabling users to find an angle that works best for them. The round portion of the indexing head can be used as a cam and point of leverage, allowing users to rock the tool for easier operation.
Crescent says that the indexing head does away with the need for constant repositioning, as one would need to do with a traditional pry bar.
The forked design also helps the Crescent Bull Bar reach around cross beams. Instead of trying to jam a single-bladed prying tool between boards, the Bull Bar works from around the nail on both sides.
Here’s the indexing head in action. There’s no way this angle could be achieved with any other non-indexing prying tool that we’re familiar with.
And here’s that nail puller in action.
Crescent says that the Bull Bar will mean faster and cleaner board removal, all while requiring less user effort to get the job done. Damage to boards should be minimized, which is good news for anyone looking to reclaim or reuse pulled boards.
While Bull Bar seems like an appropriate name for the tool, I would have gone with The Pitchfork. If you watch the promo video, embedded below, you’ll see what I mean.
Price: $144.57 (MSRP), $95 (on Amazon)
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I was already intrigued by the press materials and product images, but Crescent’s video makes the Bull Bar look even more appealing: