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Wrecking Bar Vs. Crowbar: Which One to Choose?

Oct. 10, 2023

Wrecking bars and crowbars are common tools used for prying and levering on a variety of objects.  In this post, we'll explore the key differences and uses between wrecking bars and crowbars, and which one you should choose. Let's get started!

Wrecking Bar

Wrecking bars

1. What is a Wrecking Bar?

A wrecking bar is a hand tool that’s designed to pull objects apart. A wrecking bar is made from a steel alloy and flattened into a strong bar containing a claw, flattened, or pointed end.

Wrecking bars are versatile tools many woodworkers have in their toolboxes. The flattened portion allows the metal to work as a lever, and the tools at the end work for poking holes, ripping out nails, and pulling items apart. Many wrecking bars receive heat treatment that transforms them into powerful tools before getting coated with a rust-resistant substance.

2. Uses for a Wrecking Bar

Pressing open paint cans

Opening windows that are stuck

Removing tiling on a floor

Opening car doors that are jammed

Getting rid of molding

Breaking glass

These are just a few of the uses for pry bars, they come in handy in a variety of situations!



3. What is a Crowbar?

A crowbar is a tool that uses leverage to push items open. On a crowbar, there is usually a smaller chiseled end and a bigger curved spot on the other. Many of them have nail pullers to provide versatile functions for users.

Crowbars are often thinner than wrecking bars, but they provide the same function. It’s easy to get them mixed up because you can accomplish the same task with either.

4. Here are a few additional ways to use a crowbar:

Remove nails from wood

Easily pry items apart

Demolish items with a powerful hinge

In summary, the main difference between the two is that a wrecking bar is usually flat and thin while a crowbar can be thicker and longer. In most cases, either product will work for your needs.

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