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The Stortz Model 84A Slate Ripper is the best all-around slate ripper. If you're going to own only one slate ripper, this is it - the professional’s choice!
30.5 inches long; 3.5 pounds. The length from the bottom of the hook to the handle is 22". Overall blade length is 24 1/4".
You cannot work on a slate roof without a slate ripper. It is an indispensable tool for removing individual slates or tiles. Slide the ripper under the slate to be removed, hook the nail, then beat on the ripper handle with a slate hammer to pull the nail out. It does not cut the nails: it pulls them out, then the old slate will slide out. There are usually 2 nails per slate. Once the old slate has been removed, a new one can be installed in its place with a nail and bib or with a slate hook.