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Tips and Tricks

The Safety Stuff:

Roofing is an inherently hazardous operation. Never stop paying attention, and be aware the hazards particular to these tear off tools.

Heavy work gloves with knuckle protection are highly recomended. Every imaginable item of safety gear and procedure must officially be required. The hazards of ripping roof shingles Fall Hazard 1: Razor Bar is not rated for personal support. It is not to be used as a climbing aid, except to prevent an otherwise unavoidable fall. Always use accepted safe staging practices and fall protection equipment when required.

Fall Hazard 2: Razor Bar will hit an occasional nail and come to an unexpected stop. When bearing down hard on the tool, it is possible to push oneself off the roof, or topple the staging, particularly ladders and ladder systems. Always be expecting this unexpected stop.

Electrocution/Fire/Explosion Hazard: Exercise extreme caution when working around the power supply cables from the house to the pole. Razor Bar conducts electricity, and can easily pierce the insulation on these cables.

Impalement Hazard: Never point Razor Bar at anything you do not intend to destroy . throwing shingles with the tear off tool

Razor Bar puts the roof shingles on the ground and produces exposed nails. One Razor Bar can clear for roughly three nail pullers and/or feed for roughly two debris haulers.


roof ripper glide angle

An upward stroke angle permits gliding, a condition where the sharp cutting tips do not contact any surfaces. When Gliding, Razor Bar rides over and around obstacles, slides on ice belt, and doesn't damage the deck or tar paper. shingle ripping strategy

A sideward stroke angle helps direct the roof debris clear of the nails and send it the desired direction. Particularly helpful with brittle roof shingles which tend to launch when freed.

Top-down vertical passes take advantage of both gravity and the undisturbed roof’s shedding ability. They also leave room for others to work.

The roof debris doesn’t slide well on the exposed nails. Therefore it is important to continuously roll it on top of the undisturbed shingles, particularly in shallow-pitched or brittle tear off conditions. On steep-pitched roofs, pull nails before moving up to the next staging tier. how to start tearing off the roof shingles In order to break off a chunk of debris, it helps if it is not attached to the roof shingles above, most notably in shakes. On a shallow-walker roof this is a non-issue afterblowing the cap apart (0.3 MB)roof remover with cap On a steep/staged it is good to first reach up and "crack" the roof before going after the big bites. Cracking (0.5 MB)tear off tool starts a roof

To get the full speed advantage, always seek to produce quality exposed nails. On the easy roof jobs, nail removal should look something like this (0.5 MB)shingle shovel pulls roof nails With headbreakers and bentovers, it will go more like this (0.5 MB)nail remover after roof stripper The many conditions found when ripping foor shingles

Roof conditions:

Flashings often want to be salvaged, so approach with caution, especially lead. Use short, careful strokes to loosen, then use the hooks to rip away the major pieces of shingle. Fine-clean with the roof shovel.

Staples, another caution. Glide high and feel your way over them. Avoid producing "one leggers" which don’t pull well.

Tar paper, ride over it to produce the best quality exposed nails and less airborne debris. Avoid shredding it, which makes a mess and conceals the nails.

Roll systems suck. Glide off what comes easy, then it's nibble time with the shingle shovel. Air Ripper is nice on these roofs.

Steep/staged pitches are the easiest roof shingle removal jobs. Pull nails before bumping the staging up, and Razor Bar is unbeatable.

Easy-walker roofs require greater adherence to the operating strategies. Avoid having lots of roof debris spread out on the exposed nails

Hard-walker pitches, those between 6 and 10, are the trickiest roofs for these rippers because of leverage. Some sort of staging need be involved for Razor Bar to work here such as ladder system, cleat, valley, or rope.


Glide and Lift (0.14MB)basic move for the shingle remover
Soft roof shingles. The action is opposite to the shingle shovel here. There is almost no downward (nibble) pry. Over penetrate slightly, then pry upward to free large pieces.

Snowblower (0.24MB)tear off tool blows shingles apart
Brittle roof shingles. Use sideward stroke angle and the length of the handle to direct roof debris clear of the nails.

Hook and Rip (0.14MB)tear off tool can also grab shingles
All nails must be broke. Strike roof shingles with a hook and yank upon impact.

Hook Throw (0.19MB)roof ripper hook throw trick
Execute the hook and rip but maintain tension and throw (control) the chunk off the roof.

Underhand Throw (0.1MB)throw shingles around
Piece of cake, use an end tooth to stab roof shingle.

Overhand Throw (0.16MB)roofing removal tool throwing technique
Start with back to target, Grab roof shingle with end tooth.

Rollover Throw (0.23MB)clearing the roof with the shingle remover
Same as with the shingle shovel, only better. Glide under a mass of roofing, pull back and lift. As the roof shingles roll over the end of the tear off tool, push to throw.

Sidewinder Throw (0.2 MB)roof stripper throws a shingle off the roof
Another cool throw with the roof stripper. Pretty basic.

Slip and Roll(0.14MB)shingle remover displacing large amounts of roof debris
Glide the tear off tool deep under a large mass of roof debris. Pry upward to roll the roof shingles downslope.

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