Which Hammer To Buy

Which hammer To Buy-

There is a wide range of hammers available on the market these days You walk into the hardware store find the hammer section and here they all are on the wall. Now the question becomes which hammer to buy. They vary in shape, size and weight. The different styles reflect different uses.

The shape of Hammer heads has not changed much over the years although some modern materials are now used in both the head and handle. Traditionally handles were made of wood which went through a hole in the head and wedges where used in the end of the handle to stop the head fall off when in use. This method allowed the handle to be easily replaced if required. Most modern hammers have the handles built into the head making it all one piece and often with some form of built-in shock absorber to make them easier to use. Below is a few different styles and brands to help you out with what to buy as a plumber or the diyer

Claw Hammer

The most popular hammer for general work. If you are going to buy a hammer this will be your go to in the plumbing trade. Available with a wooden, fiberglass or steel handle. Wooden handles don’t normal come with a rubber grip like the fiberglass and steel handles do. They come in a few different weights and the  most popular weights are 455-680g (16 to 24oz). The heavier the hammer the hard the your blow or strike is when making contact also more effort to swing as well. The claw is normally curved and incorporates a ‘V’ shape to draw nails from timber and be used to lever up floorboards or where other places where a lever is required. Care must be taken especially with cheaper models as the force applied can easily weaken the joint between the handle and the head.


Club Hammer Or Mash Hammer



Sometimes called a mash hammer or club hammer they are little brother to the sledge hammer. They have a double faced head and is useful for light demolition work. Can be used for driving steel chisels and masonry nails or knocking out a brick or two. As debris is likely to fly always recommend the wearing of safety glasses and hearing protection is recommended. Weight 1135g (2 1/2 lb) being best suited to domestic work. Handles are normally much the same as a claw hammer where can get them in wood, fiberglass or steel.


Sledge Hammer

Used for the heavier jobs such as driving in steel stakes for boxing when doing concreting or breaking up concrete to gain access below where the pipes are in the ground. Very handy for knocking down bricks or have a stubborn pole that may need little help to move as well. The list is endless for what sledge hammer can do.  For lighter jobs just the weight of the head may be used for small soft  blow’s but for heavier work the sledge hammer is swung like an axe. Always wear suitable protective clothing including safety glasses. Weights 7, 10 and 14 lb.

Most 2 Popular Hammer Brands To Look At When Buying

Estwing Hammer:

 Estwing’s Solid Steel Claw Hammers provide unsurpassed balance and temper. The head and handle are forged in one piece. Have a huge range from standard nail hammer up to sledge hammers and beyond. Click here to see what others are saying about it

  • One piece drop forged steel
  • Unsurpassed finish and balance
  • Genuine original leather or rubber grip handles



Stanley Hammer: 

The Stanley Fatmax hammer has a jacketed graphite core which adds strength and durability in the handle while providing the ‘feel of wood’. The high-carbon, polished steel head is precision balanced. The rim temper reduces incidences of chipping or spalling. The ribbed grip allows air to cool hand and channels sweat away. Patented head-to-handle assembly. Click here for more info and what others are saying

  • High-carbon, polished steel head is precision balanced
  • Jacketed graphite core
  • Ribbed grip
  • Large strike face
  • Flared grip end helps to prevent hammer from slipping out of user’s hand

As you can see there is littery heaps and heaps of non knowing brands and styles. Best thing is to buy the best hammer you can afford at the time. It’s personnel preference weight and shape of you hammer as long as it does the job in a safe ad correct manner there will never be any problem .

Advice for using hammers

Always use the right hammer for the job, it will make the job easier and may avoid possible damage to the hammer/workpiece.

When assembling delicate work, use a piece of scrap wood between the work piece and the head of the hammer. This will prevent damage to the workpiece.

Where the handle is held in the hammer head by steel wedges, check regularly to ensure the wedges are tight. Timber handle can shrink in dry conditions.

If a timber handle does start become loose, place the head in water overnight, the water will cause the handle to expand and tighten in the head.

If a hammer tends to slip off nails over time wax builds up on the head. Roughen the face of the head using some sandpaper or rub it on some concrete.

Always wear safety glasses when breaking up concrete and other materials that can shatter.

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