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Best Nail Pullers In 2020 - Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide

Whether you are starting up your first ever DIY build project or you are a veteran tradie you need a good set of nail pullers on hand to make sure you can get to even the most awkward and stubborn nails.

Nail pullers are a vital tool if you are trying to remove nails without damaging the material underneath. Nail pullers can be used on any surface from pallets, to plasterboard to kitchen cupboards and there are different styles to help you get the best results possible.

There are multiple different types of nail pullers, some keep it basic and are just nail pullers, whereas others have additional tools on the opposing end. So we want to make sure that you get the best tool not only for the job at hand, but a tool that suits your needs and your requirements along with your budget.

Unfortunately, not all nail pullers are created equal, so this is where we come in. We have used tested and reviewed different products to give you the best nail pullers that will help you on the way to easy and efficient pulling!

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Product Name

Brand

Material

Price

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryCrescent 56 Home Hand Tools Nail Pullers

Crescent 56 Home Hand Tools Nail Pullers

Crescent

Alloy Steel

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryDead On Tools EX9CL 10-5/8-Inch Exhumer Nail Puller

Dead On Tools EX9CL Exhumer Nail Puller

Dead On Tools

S-5 Grade Steel

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryPacTool International RS501 Roof Snake, Shingle Nail Puller, Roof Shingle Installer

PacTool International RS501 Roof Snake Nail Puller

PacTool

Metal

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryEstwing Nail Puller - 12

Estwing 12" Double-Ended Pry Bar Nail Puller

Steel

Steel

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryStiletto TICLW12 ClawBar Titanium Nail Puller

Stiletto TICLW12 ClawBar Titanium Nail Puller

Stiletto

Titanium

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryShark Corp 21-2220 8-Inch Prybar and Nail Puller

Shark Corp 21-2220 8-Inch Nail Puller

Shark Corp

High-quality Carbon Steel

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryTIAMAT The The Extractor Nail Remover

TIAMAT The Extractor Nail Remover

TIAMAT

Chrome Nickel Alloy

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryStanley FMHT55008 FatMax Claw Bar, 10

Stanley FMHT55008 FatMax Claw Bar & Nail Puller

Stanley

Steel

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools Diary3PLUS HAPT50SP Punch Nailer/Nail Remover/Nail Puller

3PLUS HAPT50SP Punch Nail Puller

3PLUS

Aluminum, Steel, Rubber

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryDiamond Farrier NP12 12

Diamond Farrier Horseshoe Crease Nail Puller

Diamond Farrier

High-quality Tool Steel


Quick Review on Best Rated Nail Pullers On the Market

 1. Crescent 56 Home Hand Tools Nail Pullers

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryCrescent 56 Home Hand Tools Nail Pullers Review

The crescent nail pullers are a heavy-duty tool that are for the most stubborn, dug in nails that you can imagine. The tool itself has three coatings of titanium over it to give the same life span of steel nail pullers at a reduced cost. The use of titanium as opposed to steel also means that the weight of the tool is vastly reduced, meaning that it can be operated comfortably by most people.

The blade itself is coated stainless steel to ensure that it won’t rust or crack but you need to make sure that when you use it, you line everything up correctly or run the risk of chipping the blade which will render the tool defunct. I particularly liked the fact that the blade extended throughout the shear as this gives you far more leverage than other models of a similar design. This innovative feature will make sure that regardless of your upper body strengths you’ll be able to cut through the nail that it causing you grief.

If you are using a nail puller on a daily basis at work or you have a big job coming up where you are required to use one for a long time, it is always worth purchasing one that will be comfortable in your hands and your grip for long hours. I really like the ergonomic design of the crescent, this married up with the lighter weight of the tool means you can use it for hours with limited impact on how tired your hands and arms can get. This is furthered by the adjustable pivot, so you really can fine tune how you hold the tool to get the maximum from it with the least effort.

Things We Liked

  • Ergonomic design and lightweight tool
  • Adjustable pivot results in less effort needed for maximum output
  • The three times titanium coating will ensure the tool lasts, even in harsh conditions
  • Stainless steel blade that is titanium coated will continue to perform, even with sustained use.
  • The blade runs throughout the shear, so you will be able to cut through practically any nail.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Whilst it is lighter than other models of the same design, it is still a heavy tool that some will be unable to wield.
  • You need to make sure that you have lined up the jaws squarely or you run the risk of chipping the teeth.

 2. Dead On Tools EX9CL Exhumer Nail Puller

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryDead On Tools EX9CL 10-5/8-Inch Exhumer Nail Puller Review

The dead on tools nail puller does exactly what it says on the tin in its most basic and pure form. Whilst the entire design may look simple, the engineering that has gone into this product speaks for itself. With an inbuilt circular saw wrench and a bottle opener, there isn’t much the guys at dead on tools haven’t thought of.

The way in which the head is designed makes it so you can pull nails in the tightest of spaces with the maximum amount of leverage with limited effort. The entire design of the dead on makes it so that you can continue working throughout the day, pulling nails without getting fatigued.

The composition on the tool also makes it strong enough so you can hammer it into tight spaces and corners without fear of it breaking or damaging the finer engineered aspects of the nail puller. Even though it is rather light, you can be sure that you are using a solid tool that is ready for a tough life, be it on site or just as your trusty go to in DIY projects, it is an excellent tool to have on hand.

Things We Liked

  • Simple and efficient design
  • Bottle opener, circular saw wrench and nail pick all in one tool
  • Relies on leverage rather than brute force
  • Made of a strong alloy to make sure that it lasts
  • Can take a tough working life

Things We Didn't Like

  • You will need some upper body strength to use this tool, especially in areas where you can’t leverage it
  • If you need to pull nails over 4inch, this tool may be a little small.

 3. PacTool International RS501 Roof Snake Nail Puller

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryPacTool International RS501 Roof Snake, Shingle Nail Puller

The roof snake is an ideal tool for someone who is getting into or is a roofer. Using traditional nail pullers for this job can result in damage being inflicted on the shingle and leave you compression marks, neither of which you want, so to ensure this doesn’t happen, the roof snake should be your go to. The offset design means that you won’t have to consider correctly distance in the alignment again, as the 1 inch measure has already been done for you.

The beauty of this tool is that you can add in shingles without fear of damaging the ones underneath, likewise you can also remove shingles without pulling other ones out. The tool is the right size to maximise this for you, you don’t require a huge amount of strength to be able to do this as the lever length is just right. The way the tool is engineered means you can hammer the pactool in and then rotate it until the shingle comes out, which is far easier than you trying to lever it up.

I really liked how the tool felt in my hand, it feels heavy enough to be able to get the job done, but it isn’t so heavy that it becomes unusable. When you are roofing, chances are it’s an all day job so you want to be sure that you can use the tool all day without feeling fatigued. The way the pactool is designed is to maximise comfort without compromising on efficiency.

Things We Liked

  • Must have tool for roofers
  • Little effort is needed to remove shingles
  • The angle of the head is already offset for you
  • Light enough so that you can use it all day without feeling fatigued
  • Well structure and sophisticated design

Things We Didn't Like

  • The tool is a little small for bigger shingles, don’t try and force it as you may end up damaging the tool.
  • Be aware of the angle you are removing the shingles, as if you operate the pactool too steeply you may find that you keep sheering the heads.

 4. Estwing 12" Double-Ended Pry Bar Nail Puller

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryEstwing 12

One of the standout features of the Estwing is that it is made using forged steal. Not only that, it is one complete piece which gives it an exceptional level of strength and durability, you can be sure of this tool long lasting nature.  Not only is it well constructed, the design makes sure that you can maximise leverage with limited effort and will make light work of getting even the toughest nails out.

The Estwing is designed for workmen and tradies who need a strong and reliable tool that will get even the toughest nails out. Not only does it have the traditional nail pulling claw at one end, it also has the crow bar feature if the traditional nail puller doesn’t give you enough leverage. The precision claw makes it so that you can work in the tightest of spaces, you will always be able to angle this tool to get the nail out.

What sets this nail puller apart from the rest is the design features that make it so you can even get out headless nails. This is something other tools lack and it is clear that this has been designed with site work in mind. You want to make sure that you can always get the nails out without damaging the material that is underneath.

Things We Liked

  • Once piece of forged steel makes for a seriously strong tool
  • Long lasting and treated to stop rust and corrosion
  • Precision engineered to make sure you can get all nails out
  • Dual feature, not only is it a nail puller it can be used as a crowbar
  • Designed so that you can remove even headless nails

Things We Didn't Like

  • You do need upper body strength to operate this tool as it relies on leverage
  • It isn’t as ergonomically designed as others

 5. Stiletto TICLW12 ClawBar Titanium Nail Puller

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryStiletto TICLW12 ClawBar Titanium Nail Puller Review

As the stiletto clawbar is made of pure titanium it is a lot lighter than its steel counterparts but just as strong, if not stronger. The entire design is focused on being as light weight as possible whilst retaining the maximum amount of strength. As it is made of titanium, you will find that you don’t suffer as much shock through your hands when you have to use a hammer to get to a tricky nail, making the entire ordeal far more palatable.

As the tool is so much lighter than other equivalents it means that you can use it all day without feeling fatigued. This, coupled with the reduced shock aspect gives you a tool that you can use all day every day without fear of not being able to use your hands. Stiletto has also factored in ergonomic design which is something other manufacturers have failed to incorporate into their designs.

Don’t be put off by the fact that this tool is manufactured in China, it is an exceptionally high quality tool that is impervious to rust and other conditions. You can be sure that no matter how badly you treat it, it will continue to perform. The titanium claw makes sure that you won’t bend the tool when you are levering out even the most embedded and broken nails. This tool is a great addition to anyone’s work bag or shed.

Things We Liked

  • Light weight and highly portable
  • Long lasting use
  • Reduced shock as it is constructed with titanium which resonates at a different frequency to steel.
  • Impervious to rust and corrosion
  • Precision engineered claw to ensure you can get out even the toughest nails

Things We Didn't Like

  • Prospective buyers may be put off as it is manufactured in China
  • Due to the fact it is made of titanium, if you hit it with a steel hammer you may damage the tool.

 6. Shark Corp 21-2220 8-Inch Nail Puller

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryShark Corp 21-2220 8-Inch Prybar and Nail Puller Review

The Shark Corp prybar prides itself on having the thinnest blade on the market which will help you to limit the damage you can potentially inflict on other surfaces when you are using it. The strong steel alloy results in a light tool that won’t bend under load which will continue perform, even with the most consistent of use.

The claw itself was set at a perfect angle to make sure you get the maximum amount of leverage with the minimum amount of effort required. The angle of the claw also makes it possible to work in tight spaces without fear of damaging yourself of any materials in the vicinity.

The carbon alloy construction means that you give this tool a rough life in a box that you take to site without the fear of damaging it whilst it is in transit. You are also able to leave it in your shed without fear of it rusting or corroding. The entire design and engineering process has been to give you a tool that will continue working for years to come.

Things We Liked

  • Ideal for both professionals and DIY’s
  • Thinnest prying blade on the market
  • Perfectly angled claw to maximise pulling
  • Small enough to be able to use in tight spaces
  • Carbon alloy results in a light but strong tool

Things We Didn't Like

  • Some may find the tool too small to complete all jobs
  • Can’t be hit with a hammer unlike other nail pullers

 7. TIAMAT The Extractor Nail Remover

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryTIAMAT The The Extractor Nail Remover Review

Unlike other items we have reviewed, the Tiamat has been designed to have jaws and take more of a plier design than previous products. The way in which the jaws have been designed, makes it so that the application of force is greater than the force you apply through your hands. It means that you won’t tire yourself out trying to grip and keep hold of difficult nails.

The Tiamat is an excellent tool for smooth nails or even ones without heads, as the grading on the jaws makes sure you can get a good grip with even the smallest amount of effort. The tool is quite heavy, so some people may need two hands to operate it, but don’t let this put you off as you won’t need much strength to lock the jaws.

When using the Tiamat, you don’t feel as fatigued as you can do when you are using other nail pullers. The entire point the lever jaws is to minimise the effort that you have to exert on the tool. This results in you being able to comfortably use them all day without feeling the ache in your hands.

Things We Liked

  • Ideal for smooth or headless nails
  • Innovative design reduces the amount of pressure needed to pull nails
  • Parallel jaws maximise pulling capability
  • Excellent grip for non-slipping performance
  • Graded jaws means they will lock onto pretty much anything

Things We Didn't Like

  • Difficult to use in small spaces
  • Some people may find it too heavy to use effectively or for long periods of time.

 8. Stanley FMHT55008 FatMax Claw Bar & Nail Puller

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryStanley FMHT55008 FatMax Claw Bar & Nail Puller Review

The Stanley Fatmax prides itself on being the go to tool for when no other tool has worked. The polished flat striking surface makes it a breeze to get the claws under even the most embedded of nails; it even does it with limiting the damage to the surface underneath. The polished surface and bevelled claws have been precision engineered to ensure that you get accurate results when you use the tool.

I really like the Stanley; it feels good in your hands and the fact that it is constructed from high quality forged spring steel. It means that you can pretty much throw anything at it and it won’t damage the tool. IT is also relatively light and you are able to take it and work in smaller, tighter spaces. The only real issue I found with this tool though is that whilst you can work with in tight spaces, the head has no angle, so it was difficult to get any leverage on it if I needed to.

The tool is exceptionally well made and produced. You can be sure that the Stanley is top of the line engineering that even goes as far as making sure the handle is ergonomic. You can use this tool all day and you won’t feel the fatigue in your muscles. It is constructed from an alloy and has rubber hand grips, it limits the amount of shock you can feel when you have to use a hammer.

Things We Liked

  • Polished flat striking surface
  • Bevelled claws
  • Will get under pretty much all nails
  • Ergonomic and limited shock when hit with a hammer
  • Works well in tight spaces

Things We Didn't Like

  • The claws aren’t as strong as other tools so make sure you hit accurately to avoid damage.
  • You may struggle to get the leverage of equivalent tools due to the lack of angle of the claws.

 9. 3PLUS HAPT50SP Punch Nail Puller

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools Diary3PLUS HAPT50SP Punch Nail Puller Review

If a manual nail puller isn’t for you or you have a huge job that needs to be done quickly, look no further than the 3plus nail puller. Instead of pulling, the 3plus will punch nails out of wood so that you are able to cover a lot of ground quickly. It will also ensure that you are able to reuse and upcycle the material you are working on.

The 3Plus has a comfortable rubber grip that makes caring the tool for a long time less of a burden than other nail pullers. Whilst it isn’t the lightest of tools, you don’t need too much strength to hold it for long periods of time, but it can recoil, especially if you hit a nail wrong.

This nail puller has been well designed and the innovative feature of a slim nose makes sure that you are able to operate it in even the tightest of spaces. Unlike traditional nail pullers, you don’t need the room to lever them out, all you need to do is angle the nose in to the corner you want to poke it and away you go.

Things We Liked

  • Ideal for a big job or for someone who doesn’t like traditional nail pullers
  • Ergonomic and light weight
  • Doesn’t damage the wood that it pushes the nails out of
  • Slim nose so it can get into really tight spaces
  • No need to lever to get nails out

Things We Didn't Like

  • Requires a compressor to operate, so it isn’t as portable as a traditional nail puller
  • Make sure you don’t remove over the capability as this can result in a broken shaft.

 10. Diamond Farrier Horseshoe Crease Nail Puller

Best Nail Pullers In 2020 – Top 10 Selections & Buying Guide - Tools DiaryDiamond Farrier Horseshoe Crease Nail Puller

The Diamond Farrier nail pullers are the ideal tool if you need to grip and pull nails out of any surface, not just horse feet. The farrier design has always been a very reliable one, as they rely on strong jaws and leverage to remove nails quickly and effectively.

These nail pullers are constructed from precision forged steel to make sure they last, and as they have been designed with farriers in mind. You can be sure that they are engineered to ensure smooth delivery and quick operation to limit the stress to the horse. These factors result in a tool that is ready for a difficult life of being outside in the rain, sleet, snow and mud.

The Farrier 12’’ aren’t the largest nail pullers I have used, but they are very heavy for the size of them. They are also very basic in terms of design features, they are a one job tool and they haven’t included any ergonomic features to lessen the strain on your hands. If you are using them in the context of being a farrier, this isn’t an issue, but if you are undertaking a project at home, you may find that using them becomes uncomfortable.

Things We Liked

  • Reliable and trusted design
  • Impervious to rust and corrosion
  • Durable design with limited moving parts that could go wrong
  • Constructed from precision forged steel
  • Strong jaws that can pull out most nails

Things We Didn't Like

  • Difficult to use in tight spaces
  • No ergonomic design considerations, so your hand will feel fatigued with extensive use.

When Is A Nail Puller Needed?

A nail puller is one of those things that everyone should have in their garage, toolbox or shed. They often double up so you can also use them for crow bars or prying, or even to pull or bend other items that aren’t nails.

You can use a nail puller for minor tasks, such as removing nails that are used to hang pictures, to major jobs such as removing nails from fencing.

Nail Puller

The entire point of a nail puller is that you don’t damage the material underneath, so having a good nail remover is the key to getting the job done properly. Nail pullers should be on everyone’s list as a go tool regardless of if you are a DIY’er or a tradie, but what considerations should you make before you make the purchase?

Facts You Should Consider Before Buying A Nail Puller

What Type of Area Do You Work In?

If you haven’t purchased a nail puller before and are unsure of what type you need, the first consideration to make is what kind of space do you think you are going to be working in? Remodelling a kitchen is very different to taking down a shed, one required precision work and the other requires a tool that is up for the job. If you are remodelling a kitchen, you might find yourself working in small, cramped conditions, such as in cupboard. If this is the case, you want a shorter tool that is able to lever out nails without you struggling to fit it in the tight space.

You can also look for a nail puller that has an additional tool on the other end, such as a pry blade. If you don’t want a dual tool option, make sure you get a nail puller that can handle being hit into place and doesn’t. If you are working in a larger and more open space, you have a variety of options available to you, the first being if you want a tool that is powered by an air compressor.

If you have a lot of nails to remove and you need it done quickly, this may be the way to do it as it will save a lot of time and effort! If automation isn’t for you and you prefer the tried and tested methods, look for a puller that gives you the maximum amount of leverage for the smallest effort possible.

Do You Need A Multifunctional Tool?

In this day and age we want the most for out money, and we don’t really want tools that only do one job. A lot of nail pullers are now multi functional, why would you want a nail puller and a pry bar in your shed or tool bag when you can combine these features and only have tool. Likewise, you can also purchase nail pullers that have crow bar ends to give you an array of choice to how you get even the most stubborn of nails out.

When you are looking at multi tools, you want to make sure they do both jobs well. I’ve found in the past that by having two tools in one, they can sometimes be a let-down and complete both jobs to a mediocre level. Whilst this isn’t always the case, especially when you look at some of the tools we have reviewed, keep that in mind if you are purchasing.

Design Features

A nail puller really is one of the most basic tools on the market in terms of design and function, but that doesn’t stop companies innovating to give you the best tool possible. Companies and developers are now including awesome design features that can make the tool far more bearable for longer and more sustained use.

If you are purchasing a bar that has a hitting platform, make sure that it has rubber grips, this will lessen the resonation of the metal shocking your hands when you are trying to get out an embedded nail. If you are using this tool on a daily basis, you may want to consider purchasing a titanium one over the more traditional steel, as this will reduce the shock even further. Ergonomic design is also something to consider when purchasing, you don’t just want to be holding onto bare metal when you are pulling nails. See what types of grips are available to you as some will be more comfortable than others.

Claw or Jaws?

You can often break down nail pullers into two categories. They can be claws, so a bar with two parallel teeth that will pry out the nail, or jaws, two parallel jaws that you can open and close with handles that will pull out the nail. Both have their advantages and disadvantage and are good in particular situations.

Claws

These are ideal if you are working in tight space where you need to get into tiny corners. You can purchase smaller nail removers with a good angled head to make sure you are able to pull the nails out. These tools can often require some strength to use and can be difficult to operate one handed unless you have good upper body strength, but that may be required if you are working in a small area.

Jaws

These are ideal if you are working in a large open area. You don’t need as much strength to operate them as they work of the physics of levers and angles. These are the ideal option if you haven’t got a lot of upper body strength are pulling nails out of pallets. They can grip onto practically any nail and will make light work of smooth and nails without heads; this is something that some claws may struggle with. These are far more difficult to operate one handed and they may not be as comfortable as a claw bar with sustained use throughout the day.

Final Considerations

Purchasing nail pullers doesn’t have to be a difficult task once you assess what type of situation you’ll be using them in. If you are using them every day in a small space, make sure you look for a set that not only has a good angled head. You want to make sure that your hands don’t get fatigued with sustained use.

Likewise, if traditional pullers aren’t for you, then nail jaws could be an excellent option, especially if you are working in larger and more open spaces. There are so many design features that you can take advantage of, whether it is a dual function tool you want, or simply an effective nail puller with ergonomic handles, this list has all the options for you.

Just make sure that when you are using the nail puller, you are wearing protective gear and have made all safety considerations. Gone are the days of nail pullers being basic tools, you now have multiple design features to choose from that will make your life. Follow our in depth reviews and buying guide to make sure that you get the nail puller that’s not only the best one for the job, but is the best tool for you.

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