Here's the story:
The Extractor was invented in Charleston, SC to aid in the restoration and renovation of historic homes in the area, The importance of reuse and recycling of the old lumber and moldings in this business cannot be overstated in preserving the original architecture and value of these antiquities. A tool was needed that could remove fasteners without bending or cutting the exposed material during removal, especially when dealing with brittle antique nails. During a renovation project the amount of fastener removal that is required can be extensive and time-consuming. Whether pulling finish nails on-through molding so that the trim can be reused or just trying to remove a headed nail that has seen better days, frequently a fastener must be gripped and pulled. Using traditional pliers, front-end nippers, and other grippers usually results in the snapping and sheering of the nails. The nail extractor, with it’s parallel, self gripping jaws remedy these issues allowing a job that would have taken a considerable amount of time to be completed in a fraction of the time with better results.
The tool allows for easy, single-handed operation, using jaws
that exert increasing gripping pressure in proportion to the
resistance encountered during extraction.
The result is; once the tool makes contact to the object, only a prying action on the upper handle is necessary; the handles no longer need to be squeezed. This auto-gripping ability is so unyielding that an extension pipe can be slipped over the upper handle to amplify the leverage allowing for the removal of fasteners previously considered irremovable . The jaws stay parallel,
allowing even gripping pressure to be applied to the object
virtually eliminating the risk of shearing. The parallel jaws
also mean, no matter where the fastener is positioned between
the jaws, a grip will be created, with other gripping devices
there is only a small area where the jaws actually make contact
and a grip is produced. Induction hardened teeth gently cuts
small gripping ridges into fasteners that do not have a head
present, creating a slip free grip. The heel of this nail
puller in its relationship to the length of the handle creates an
incredible pulling force with minimal effort to the user, more
than sufficient to extract the largest nails through some
of the hardest woods. These three features mean, all the user
has to do is position the object between the jaws, squeeze
gently and pry, the tool takes care of the rest.
With all other extracting devices, there's a lot of hit and
miss, with varying degrees of skill and power being required. Because of the features and design, this puller has a nearly
perfect success rate with no experience needed by the operator.
Anyone can use this tool, effectively and easily. The home- owner as well as experienced tradesmen would greatly benefit
from this tool. This extracting tool is an simple, effective
and affordable solution to this age-old problem.
Here's the actual story:
I pulled a lot of nails restoring old Charleston homes. So I made the below tool and used it for about 4 years. Then one day my X-farther-in-law visited me at my job and saw it. He wanted me to get a patent on it and he would pay. I said no because it was too complicated and would cost too much to have manufactured, no one would pay that much to pull nails because, I wouldn’t. About a year later he shows up in town beating on my door saying that we have a appointment with a patent lawyer in an hour, I could not say no. I got the patent, which did feel good to finally have. I showed it to several manufactures and they said exactly what I thought, too complicated and expensive for what it does. Years went by till one morning when I decided to make a parallel jaw pair of pliers to hold small parts at the band saw and at the grinder. I decided on the parallelogram principle. Ones it was almost done I started to realize it was automatically locking on when the head rotated. With my previous history with a nail puller the light bulb went off. I made the foot curved and it became a nail puller. I didn't need anyone to twist my arm to get a patent on it this time either. Everyone and I thought it would sell itself, oh foolish me.
I have been marketing it since late 2005. Since then my pals at Crescent tools have made a variation of my concept, which at first glance may look like it functions and has the versatility as mine, but it doesn't. I guess Crescent was interested after all, but not in the way I hoped.
This made any advertising worthless and the whole endeavor just a money pit (interest on the start-up money). I cannot compete with a billion dollar company with unlimited distribution. So I was thinking of quitting, but my tool is superior and I plan to prove it!
I have been building crazy (some ridiculous) machines all my life. I was thinking maybe if I post those it might create some traffic. I guess it would be my Portfolio. Also posting would allow them to be seen by others. Which is a better fate then the other machines/tools that have gone to the great scrap yard in the sky with a only couple people ever seeing them.