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Stanley Super Wonder Bar field evaluation

The super wonder bar is awesome!

Stanley Super Wonder Bar close up
I've worked with the
Stanley Wonder Bar before and went to pick one up last week at the hardware store for an upcoming demolition project.

They had a good selection of what I call wrecking bars, but when I saw the ergonomic curve of this new Stanley Super Wonder Bar I knew the decision process was over.

The "Super" improved curve will cost you an extra 4 dollars over the regular Wonder Bar, but after only 2 short sessions with it I'm prepared to proclaim it worthy of that special adjective usually reserved for comic book heros.



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We have these in the shop. Due to the curves you almost always have a place to wrap your hands around or to apply pressure. But they're kinda small. As Archimedes said "Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth" (if your lever is big enough).

For serious lifting I still prefer a scissor jack or a hydraulic bottle jack, especially since they can keep the load up without me applying effort. And with a 4 ton bottle jack going for $17 it doesn't break the bank either. Of course most cars will have a scissor jack in the toolkit. I imagine you could get them relatively cheap at a car scrapyard as well.

Comment by Roland_Smith Tue Sep 20 13:45:45 2011

We've got several jacks, and they do come in very handy around here. However, for demolition, it's often just too much trouble to set up a jack if a pry bar will do the trick.

When Mark went out to try this tool, he told me "We should charge people to do this for us!" as he grinned ear to ear. :-) We also have a larger crow bar, but it's pretty heavy unless you need that extra leverage.

Comment by anna Tue Sep 20 16:57:35 2011

My dad years ago had worked out something similar with a regular wonderbar using a small piece of pipe bolted through the nail pull hole. Gave that extra leverage that a wonderbar is lacking.

The other thing he does is sharpen the end so it's quite sharp.

Comment by Mike Wed Sep 28 12:08:09 2011
Mike --- I'll bet the idea for this version of the wonderbar came from users just like your dad. Good idea to sharpen the end!
Comment by anna Thu Sep 29 14:45:31 2011





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