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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2013
I feel compelled to write a review of this bar, although I didn't purchase this bar from Amazon, I purchased it directly from Gutster. Let me first say that I ordered this bar with extremely high hopes after hearing about it and reading various reviews about it. Finally, I thought, a demo bar that would give a wide footprint of leverage to do demo work. I am a contractor who does various improvements inside and out.

I purchased this bar specifically for removing deck boards. I do decks all summer long and a large part of my business is removing the decking surface and replacing it with new. I will say that I used this bar for several hours on the day of its delivery popping of 2x deck boards. The 2x deck boards had a combination of stripped screws, rusted ring shank nails and anything else an older deck could be attached with. There were a couple of boards that resisted with sincerity to release themselves from the deck joists. To my ultimate surprise and dismay, the bar bent completely flat on an attempt to pop one such deck board.

I had remembered while skimming reviews that many had said that the welds had snapped on the head connection to the handle while using it, however Gutster assured me that the problem had been solved in the 2nd generation. This bar was the second generation bar. Despite my disappointment, I emailed customer service, and they asked for a photo...within one week a new bar arrived at my door and I was once again excited to use my bar with confidence that I must have just had a defective bar and that it was backed by a company that stood behind their product.

Well, winter set in and deck jobs were over for a few months, and the new gutster sat proudly in the corner of my garage awaiting the arrival of Spring and a new deck job. Just before arrival of spring, I decided to rip out a worn out engineered floor in my foyer. The previous owner had installed a mish-mosh of flooring in my house prior to my arrival and I was determined to have the same floor throughout my first floor and began the task of ripping up everything down to the subfloor. It dawned on me that the best tool for the task was my trusted 42" Dewalt demo bar and began ripping up the top engineered layer which was glued down to plywood. After hours of blood, sweat, and maybe a tear, and making little progress, it dawned on me that the best demo bar out there was sitting in my garage. I pulled it out and proceeded to jamb the teeth of the gutster into the 7-layer plywood that was glued and ring shank nailed to the floor. To my amazement, the gutster worked like nothing I've ever seen, pulling up large sections at a time in only minutes. After about an hour and a half of making great progress, I came to a transition that was glued and nailed more than the rest. I gave a pretty good push and lift and felt the same sinking feeling I felt once before as the handle of the Gutster went down to the floor, flattening down to a completely worthless handle with a chunk of metal at the end.

So why the "1-star" you may ask, believe it or not, it is not the failure of the tool. The tool itself is a 2-star tool for its failures, however the company that manufactures it is a 1-star company. Here's why... After a call and email once again to the friendly staff at Gutster, I was surprised to learn that the replacement warrantee on the Gutster is 60 days. 60 DAYS!!!! As a contractor and former firemen, I cannot believe that a company that touts their product as the leader in demo tools offers a 60 day replacement warrantee. I have purchased many tools from China made of substandard materials that offer longer replacement warrantees. As a firemen, If I called the manufacturer of the quintessential firemens tool, the halligan, and explained that after years of using it, it broke, I guarantee they would have sent another one without balking an eye.

Its only my opinion, but a tool advertised as being the best should not only be the best, but have a warrantee to back that up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2011
I bought the entire set of these bars a couple of years ago, so far i have broken two of them. The welds that hold the head to the bar are very poor and easily break. This is not a heavy duty construction wrecking tool. I broke the latest one by ripping up plywood underlayment in a kitchen project, snapped the head right off. I called Gutster, they said "we are out of stock right now for 6 weeks" ( 6 weeks ??? ) and they wanted to charge me $ 15.00 to send a new one. No Way, I have two bars left to break, once they are gone, i will buy something better.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2013
I used this to pull up 1200 sq ft of 1/2" plywood that had been in place 30 years and was able to do it in a way that preserved the wood for reuse; i.e. didn't want to shred it by sawing it in a million places. It was put down with nails about every 6" (3" on the edges!) and no other tool budged it. This worked like a dream, lifting it enough to use a combination of prybars and crowbars to ease all the way around. Please note, I am small (5', 110 lbs) and strong for my size but not superhuman. My guess is that is the reason the problems with welds did not happen with mine, that I couldn't apply as much force as the guys who wrote the other reviews. That doesn't excuse defective welds, just explains that this did what was needed for my project when nothing else would and is still as good as new, so I was very very pleased with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2011
I bought 2 of these. I used the first one until it broke on the first job. Called gutster and they replaced it no questions asked. Said they had some defective welds. Finally used the second one later and it broke after one use as well. Called gutster again. They must have changed their policy on customer service. They requested a picture and a copy of the receipt dated within 60 days. It had been more than 60 days so I guess I am out of luck. So if you buy 1, use it right away so you can return it when it breaks. Oh and keep your receipt. By the way it does work well for tearing up flooring until it breaks. Get the longer handle for flooring or it will kill your back from being bent over.
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on November 8, 2013
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Gift so I have no idea if it is ok or not. Hopefully it has held up after heavy use. Arrived on time.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2010
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Okay, it got up the old vinyl flooring, although we did have to use it in combo with the new Mighty Max Dremel which has a special off-set, three sided blade for scooping up the blasted stuff when it's glued down to within an inch of its life. Can't wait to use it to tear up our old deck this fall before we replace it. My contractors are ordering these . . .
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2011
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The Gutster is the Absolute best demo tool I have ever owned, it is strong and has a great feel when I am using it. It has worked great for wall and flooring removal. I like it so much I bought two of them. I highly recommend this tool.
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