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What type of saw to dismantle one side of pallet?

Hi all,

I have a small pallet recycling shop and am looking for ideas.

I need to to efficiently transform lots of wooden 48x45 pallets to 48x40. The best way I can figure is to trim 5 inches off the boards on one side (top and bottom) and then re-fasten the stringer in place. Is there some sort of large table saw that would be able to cut through both top and bottom boards of a pallet simultaneously?

Any ideas or equipment recommendations will be appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-07-2017, 06:28 PM
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don't use a table saw even if ....

A blade that for that depth would be around 14" or more, much too large to have exposed while cutting a floppy piece between the blade and fence OR having the cut off on the left side of the blade. The danger being it may fall back into or onto the spinning blade, causing a kickback.

The alternative is to use a standard 10" table saw with about 2" of blade exposed and just flip the pallet over making two separate passes. Due caution is still required!

A circular saw is typically used to break down pallets with a "nail cutting" blade:
https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DW3191...ing+saw+blades

You may want to use an edge guide with a backing board to ride over the irregularities in the planks. Like this:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/home...a3602/4283497/

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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How about a band saw? You could do both sides of the pallet at once. You'd have to be sure your wood is nail-free first, though.
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What is the purpose of the pallets? Used as pallets would get irritating having the center board off-center. Probably the safest way to cut the pallets is to use a hand held circular saw and a cheater board. It would only cut one side at a time but think it could be done quickly.
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How about a band saw? You could do both sides of the pallet at once. You'd have to be sure your wood is nail-free first, though.
https://www.google.com/search?q=pall...utf-8&oe=utf-8
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