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The T-Rex Ripper Staple and Nail Extractor (Canceled)

Our patented pry bar is a time and money-saving tool that dramatically speeds nail and staple removal from flooring, roofing and more.

The T-Rex Ripper Staple and Nail Extractor (Canceled)

Our patented pry bar is a time and money-saving tool that dramatically speeds nail and staple removal from flooring, roofing and more.

$7,792
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
123
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 20 2015

About

We are brothers Jason and Jerry Sindt, who have owned and operated a successful hardwood flooring company since 1996. In our business, we have to tear out all sorts of flooring and subflooring fastened with nails or staples. On a typical job, hundreds of these nails and staples must be pulled out before new hardwood can be installed. There are many kinds of tools that can pull nails, but not so with staples. We couldn't find a tool that would remove them quickly and not snap them in two, making it even more difficult for them to be removed. Then, about 5 years ago, Jason had an idea. He was looking at his standard 15 inch pry bar, which has a single v-groove that is only good for removing nails. He thought, what if I cut two more v-grooves into the end of the pry bar so it slips easily into a staple? He tried it, and it worked great!  We were now able to remove a whole floor full of staples in no time, when it would have normally taken hours. The multi-grooved design worked better than a standard pry bar on nails, too. The design with multiple grooves made it easier to line up staples and nails. The result was time and money saved. After several years of work and expense refining the design, we recently were granted patent number US20110155979 on the T-Rex Ripper. The first generation of our product was hand modified from a standard, store-bought pry bar. The response was so great that we had our second generation T-Rex Rippers manufactured to our specifications, incorporating some new design features and making them available in 4 sizes. The reaction from the public and the construction industry has been overwhelming. We feel that we are ready to take the next big step and introduce our new 3rd generation design to the mass market with your help.

The rounded multi-tooth design slips easily into the staple and fills the base of the crown to pull evenly on the staple. Click to see a video.
The rounded multi-tooth design slips easily into the staple and fills the base of the crown to pull evenly on the staple. Click to see a video.
Multiple grooves and rounded tips allow you to efficiently align and pull nails. Click for a video.
Multiple grooves and rounded tips allow you to efficiently align and pull nails. Click for a video.
 
The rounded multi-tooth arrangement lets you slide the T-Rex Ripper effortlessly through carpet pad staples.
The rounded multi-tooth arrangement lets you slide the T-Rex Ripper effortlessly through carpet pad staples.
The T-Rex Ripper is a great all-purpose demolition bar. Click to see a video.
The T-Rex Ripper is a great all-purpose demolition bar. Click to see a video.
    
This is the the prybar we modified that got the T-Rex Ripper started.
This is the the prybar we modified that got the T-Rex Ripper started.
T-Rex Ripper generations 3, 2 and 1 together.
T-Rex Ripper generations 3, 2 and 1 together.
The bar on the left is our new Gen 3 design. We removed the dimple and replaced it with a slight concave bend. This makes the bar stronger and easier to manufacture.
The bar on the left is our new Gen 3 design. We removed the dimple and replaced it with a slight concave bend. This makes the bar stronger and easier to manufacture.
The T-Rex team, hard at work.
The T-Rex team, hard at work.
Jerry, Ron and Jason all cleaned up.
Jerry, Ron and Jason all cleaned up.
         

Risks and challenges

Does it meet the challenge of real-world wear and tear?

We have been developing and testing the T-Rex Ripper in real-world applications for 5 years now. We know what kind of steel to use, what the carbon content needs to be and we know the optimum heat treating procedures. We beat on our T-Rex Rippers with heavy steel mallets every day at our real job as flooring installers. We are confident in the T-Rex Ripper's effectiveness and durability-- that is why we offer a limited lifetime warranty.

Is there demand for the product?

Oh yes!

Early on we rented a booth at a local home and garden show to measure the general public’s interest in the Gen 1 T-Rex Ripper, and were pleasantly surprised to sell 99 of them to do-it-yourselfers in a couple of days. Seeing the "aha" moment when people realized what they could do with the T-Rex Ripper was rewarding and informative. We were also pleased to see that 40% of the purchasers were women. We heard this phrase over and over that weekend: "I wish I would have had this tool when I was working on (fill in project here) last weekend."
Bolstered by the public's response, we then made some refinements to the Gen 1 design and manufactured our own T-Rex Rippers in 9, 11, 15 and 21 inch models. We began selling our Gen 2 T-Rex Rippers in a limited number of local construction, roofing and flooring industry stores to gauge the interest among professionals. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and we have sold hundreds of our Gen 2 T-Rex Rippers. In fact, the T-Rex Ripper was displayed next to a regular, national brand pry bar in a flooring contractor supply store and The T-Rex Ripper outsold it 62 to zero. The store actually stopped carrying the national brand standard pry bar after not selling any that year.

With one final change, we feel that we have perfected the T-Rex Ripper with our new Gen 3 design and are ready to present it to the world.
Our challenge is not lack of interest: the T-Rex Ripper is a proven seller. The challenge now is that we have taken the T-Rex Ripper as far as we can on our own. To manufacture, distribute and market it at scale, we need a little help from you. We see no better way to realize this product’s potential than with the amazing new way to fulfill a dream, Kickstarter.
We have a manufacturer ready to go right now. As soon as we get funded we have a 45 day turnaround for manufacturing – so the rewards will be in your hands in approximately 2 to 3 months after the funds are released.

TIMELINE
As of December 18, 2014 we have a manufacturer working on our Gen 3 T-Rex Ripper samples for approval. We expect to receive the samples by mid-January.

When we receive the samples, we will have them lab tested and put through our real world, on the job, beatings. If all goes well, we will give the go-ahead for production. That puts the T-Rex Ripper in your hands by around the first of May 2015.

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