DeWalt's new utility bar makes you want to hit something
July 18, 2016 | 3:42 pm CDT
During an average day at my company we are either building furniture on the shop floor, delivering furniture in the field, or spending our time talking about building and delivering furniture. So if I get the chance to pull out a tool like this, you better believe I am going to use it; and by use it I mean hit something with it.
Recently I had to remove a wall that - through no fault of its own - ended up being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It seemed the perfect moment to use my new DeWalt 4-in-1 Multi-Functional Utility Bar. It manages to be light weight enough that picking it up doesn't make you feel like your back will be complaining in an hour, yet it feels strong enough that you could use it hard all day, day after day, and not feel bad about it. DeWalt says the utility bar "is ideal for ripping, striking, prying, and scraping", so I guess that means I should them all.
Its length - it comes in a 30" and 40" model - makes it comfortable for pulling down wall debris without needing to get covered in it. The shaft size lets you get a good grip for prying and scraping and makes the the nail pulling end easy to use. And, although I still felt a little of the ingrained urge to reach for a large hammer at different points along the way, I think over time I could get used to using the flattened striking surface for a majority of my hitting needs.
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