I recently got a job to resaw 30 barn beams. They are all roughly 8"x8"x20'. I denailed the whole job by hand with nail pullers, hammers, hatchets, a Wizard metal detector, and the Crescent No 56 nail puller.
My customer came yesterday to check on how things were going and he was very pleased with the finished product. He told me he easily has another 80 or so beams he wants resawn. I am going to take the rest of the job but am worried I am going to go insane pulling these nails by hand. This job is by the hour and the customer is happy, but I would still like to speed things up and move onto other jobs that must get done.
Is there an easier way?! I know there are a few pneumatic nail removers out there, but they punch the nail through the board. That works for a board, but not a beam. This tool might work if a pallet resawing blade is successful sawing through 3/16" nails. Anybody know about these blades? I could resaw the boards first, then punch the nails through.
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor R:
I have been sawing old beams and using bi-metal blades, which will saw through the old square nails easily. I just sawed some chestnut oak and cut through 9 new type nails on one board. The blades are expensive, but if you saw real slow on the outside cuts, it will really show what is under the surface. The customer has to guarantee my blades. Also with plenty of lubrication, I get good blade life. I started by purchasing 2 blades and experimenting.
I have only used Lenox blades because the first two I purchased worked and I did not want to reinvent the wheel. A great help was Ms. Connie Flanagan at U' Enterprises. They have been super to deal with and service has been flawless. I had a large manual mill which I just sold and will pick up my new TimberKing B-20 next month. I will have to learn to use the hydraulic feed to cut old materials.