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Hammer Time: Choosing the Right Tool for the Right Job

When someone thinks of a hammer, they usually have visions of when they missed the head of the nail and hit their thumb instead, ouch, that’s a painful thought! Using the right tool for the right job is easy to say but when the moment comes up to go grab the hammer, you usually grab whatever is nearby.

Yes, there are a variety of hammers to choose from, not everyone thinks of the other side of the hammer, the claw or pointy end, not to mention the handle itself. Buying a cheap hammer is not really cheap, it can actually be quite an expensive liability if the head were loosening and fly off or the grip became slippery, you get the idea.

One of the very first important processes in the manufacturing of a hammer is the controlling the temper or degree of hardness of the hammer head.  When you strike the head of a nail you don’t want anything breaking off and injuring someone. A quality hammer contains a high level of carbon steel, then to achieve the proper hardening the metal goes through a heat treating, this process increases its hardness and reduces its brittleness.

Straight-Claw Rip Hammer

This hammer is forged as 1-piece solid steel. It has a bonded and molded on Shock Reduction Grip that reduces shock up to 70% and will not come off. The straight-claw serves as a mini-axe to split wood. This is a favorite of Carpenters over the Curved-Claw hammer.

Curved-Claw Rip Hammer

Similar to the Straight-Claw Rip Hammer, this tool primarily used for pounding and/or extracting nails.

Fiberglass Claw Hammer

This basic hammer is a tool that should be in everyone's toolbox! With its comfortable grip and long lasting fiberglass handle, make it good choice for the everyday DIY’er.

Double-Face Soft Hammer

This hammer is well suited for assembling furniture, setting dowels and handling wood projects that require non-marring blows. The hammer features two distinct types of heads, one soft and one hard to accommodate versatile jobs.

Dead Blow Rubber Handle Hammer

Helpful in minimizing damage to the struck surface and in controlling striking force with minimal rebound from the striking surface.

Framing Hammer

The head on this hammer typically weighs from 20 to 32 ounces. Heavy heads, longer handles and milled faces allow for driving large nails quickly into dimensional lumber.

Drilling Hammer

The head on this hammer tells you it means business! There is nothing electric about this Drilling Hammer, the person using it provides the energy. The head typically weighs between 2 to 4 pounds and its ideal for striking cold chisels, brick chisels, punches, star drills, spikes and hardened nails.

Ball-Peen Hammer

The smooth ball-type head of this hammer is designed for striking chisels and punches and for riveting, shaping and straightening unhardened metal, a must for any metal worker.

Sledge Hammer

Ideal for demolition projects and breaking of concrete and rocks. Sledge hammers can weigh from 8 to 16 pounds and the handles can be up to 36” long.

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Posted 2017-02-03T16:58:37+0000  by Angelo_HD_CHI Angelo_HD_CHI