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hi, this is my first post, so I am a newby, but what does the average roofing contractor use for tools when tearing off shingles? I build an air powered tool that is new on the market and want to get some feedback from you guys. thankx a lot in advance
 

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For comp, square point shovels and serrated tear-off tools. For cedar 4 tine pitchforks. Spaced sheathing I use an old leaf spring from a pickup. I welded a pipe handle on one end. You slide the spring under the cedar and onto the next rafter and pullup. Rolls a couple of courses at a time and rolls them up w/liner felt into big rolls.
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For most all shingled pitched roof tear offs I've found four tine flat pitch forks work the best. Tried those toothed shovels and they just slowed me down. Even on 4-5 layer jobs with shakes the pitch forks seem to be most effective. One of the last tear I did was an easy one layer 36 square job that I only had 7 hours of help on total! Did it last November the average temp in the four days I worked on it was 25 degrees, lots of small pieces and the shingles were only 3 years old.

Some years ago my father and his two brothers tore off 20 squares in 45 minutes with pitch forks!!! Last summer a helper and I had around 25 squares tore off and cleaned by lunch time.
 
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