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Old 11-08-2008, 03:11 PM   #1
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What type of tear-off tool do you prefer


Just curious as to what most of you guys are using for tear-offs. I prefer shovel and fork depending on type of shingle. Ive been looked at oddly more than once when I hop in with guys to tear off with a fork or shovel.

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Old 11-09-2008, 12:44 PM   #2
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A 4 tine pitch fork is the most popular with my guys.

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Shingle eaters are the best
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Depends what you are tearing off. I find pitch forks to be the quickest for removing shingles. Then come back with one of those home depot tear off tools with the teeth for popping out all the nails very very quickly.

For tearing off low slope it's a cutter and a wheelbarrow, and sometimes an axe for flashings.
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I use a shin-go. it has the little teeth and its great for pulling up nails. and it doesnt put alot of stress on your back.
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"I use a shin-go." Me too.
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WE STARTED 30+ YEARS AGO WITH FLAT BOTTOMED GARDEN SPADES,moved to the shingle eaters,after getting used to them ,won`t switch back,we prefer to remove shingles and nails at the same time,so we don`t have to go over the same area twice,just sweep,and waterproof it in
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shingle eater is hands down the very best. I have tried them all.
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I have always used a four tine pitchfork. I've wanted to try some of the other tools you guys are talking.Most roofs we tear off have 2 layers or 3 layer with shakes. So my question is how effective are these tools on multi layers.
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THE SHINGLE EATER IS GREAT WITH ASPHALT,AND WORKS WELL ON SHAKES FROM THE BOTTOM UP,ON SHAKES ON SLATS/PURLINS WE USUALLY USE A HAMMER between the slats,the pitchfork tends to break more slats which we don`t want,because typically we sheathe over the slats with 1/2" ply,without them minimum would be 3/4"+ considering how some of the old rafters are spaced
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