Last weekend while ripping out my kitchen I got to use Stanley FUBAR’s and a Bostitch 36″ Wrecking Bar. The Stanley Fatmax FUBAR III I got for my Birthday and the Stanley XTreme FUBAR and Bostitch 36″ Wrecking Bar I went out and bought for the occasion. Now I had collected what I considered to be 3 of the baddest implements of kitchen destruction available to mere mortals, the only thing need to complete them would be Mjolnir herself!
Now, I really had high hopes for the FUBAR’s I had been lusting after them for a while now and figured I finally had a worthy project to unleash them on. I was a bit disappointed though. They punched through sheet-rock with ease but after holding them over your head for a bit they became overly heavy and I found their pry bar ends to be to thick for pulling nails out of studs. The smaller one was a better tool for the job as it wasn’t so heavy and tiring (for a bit of perspective I swing a #10 Sledge at work to bust up concrete and don’t consider myself dainty!). The larger one was better for pulling up the mud floor. It got under the tile and floor and pried well enough but the sledge head wasn’t up to breaking the tiles and concrete. I don’t want to bust on them to much but for what I paid for them they should have worked better. The reviews were mostly about using them to fight the Zombie Apocalypse and for that they might have their uses but as wrecking tools they try to do to much at once. From a tool like a Leatherman I can accept a bit of compromise but these were purpose built to do a bunch of things, and I found them lacking in most. I’ll give them a shot when I take down my shed in the Spring, but they’ll have to earn their way back in to my good graces.
There isn’t much I can say bad about the Bostitch 36″ Wrecking Bar, it is the tool that ripped out my kitchen! It got behind sheet-rock with ease and pulled down the ceiling with aplomb! It slid under the mud floor and didn’t flex when force was applied. This was how I wished the FUBAR’s had worked! I can’t say enough good things about this wrecking bar and, it came with a 100 year warranty to boot.
So to sum it up I can’t really give the FUBAR’s a thumbs up, they look cool but didn’t live up to the hype. The Bostitch is a Kitchen Wrecker Extraordinaire and will have a place of honor in Valhalla (my garage).
Now on to announcing the winner of my first ever book giveaway….Gregory was the winner! I already sent him an e-mail and would like to thank all those who participated. Please keep an eye out for more giveaways (this upcoming Monday actually).
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