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What In The World Is a Ball-Peen Hammer?


Sometimes called a machinist's hammer, a ball-peen is a good choice for working with metal. Its steel head is harder than that of a claw hammer, so is less likely to chip on impact. Ball-peen hammers are used to drive cold chisels, set rivets, and bend and shape metal.

Ball-Peen Hammer

The ball-peen hammer differs from conventional hammers in two ways (1) the face of the head is flat and hardened for hitting a chisel or punch (2) it has a ball on the opposite end for bending and shaping metal.

I do a lot of work around my home and have always maintained my own cars, ball-peen hammers have always been my hammer of choice for automotive work and occasionally for nails, especially large nails and spikes as the hardened head is less likely to chip. They also work well when attempting to straighten metal thanks to the flat head.

The next time you visit the hardware department at your local Home Depot, check out the Ball-Peen Hammers.


Mike, The Home Depot Answer Man

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Posted 2018-08-21T01:25:13+0000  by Mike_HD_OC Mike_HD_OC