What is a SLEDGE?

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What is a SLEDGE? (as in sledge hammer). All other hammers describe their shape or use, but what the heck does sledge mean?
John
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Typically has a head weighing about 8# and a hand of 30-36 inches. As a young surveyor, I often used one for driving stakes with a powerful overhead swing. Now I can hardly lift one.
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snipped-for-privacy@noemail.com wrote:

Sledge is just a word for hammer in several Germanic languages (English, Scandinavian). Sledge is the English word used to translate the word for the Viking hammer weapon.
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My sledge weighs 16 lbs. 8 pounders are for women!
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you could have a steam train if you'd just lay down your tracks you could have an aeroplane flying if you bring your blue sky back
all you do is call me I'll be anything you need
you could have a big dipper going up and down, all around the bends you could have a bumper car, bumping this amusement never ends
I want to be your sledgehammer why don't you call my name oh let me be your sledgehammer this will be my testimony show me round your fruitcage 'cos I will be your honey bee open up your fruitcage where the fruit is as sweet as can be
I want to be your sledgehammer why don't you call my name you'd better call the sledgehammer put your mind at rest I'm going to be-the sledgehammer this can be my testimony I'm your sledgehammer let there be no doubt about it
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My WOMEN use 16's. Real men use 20's.
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Around here we keep the 20s for trim work.
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real men dont swing a sledge. they get some kid to do it for 5 bucks an hour.
randy
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"xrongor" wrote

Heh, good one!
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Happy to hear that you are not one of those " Girley Men". Des

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I'd never thought of that connection. Without looking up the German noun for "hammer," I do recall the verb "schlagen" (="to strike, hit").
So when you really want to *hit* something and not just give it a gentle tap, you use a *sledge* hammer.
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Like your hand. Sorry, just had to throw that in from experience.
Steve
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Naw, naw. When you're using a sledge you don't worry about hitting your hand. Your -helper- might worry but who cares.
Harry K
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Here in Nevada, when they have town celebrations in the old mining areas, they have a single jacking contest. This was when a two man team would take a star bit and a sledge, and drill a hole for dynamite. The method was used before the invention of pneumatic drillers, and by poorboy operators who couldn't afford the big drills.
Needless to say, it took practice for two men to do this all day long. In the competitions, one holds the drill, the other strikes it. Then the drill holder turns the bit a slight bit, and the other strikes it again. All seamless and nonstop. They do this for a predetermined length of time, and then the depth of the holes are measured. The winning team usually gets a small trophy and more beer.
Then they have mucking contests where they see how much blasted rock and debris a man can load in a minecar in 60 seconds. Makes one appreciate the strides in technology and machinery.
Steve
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According to my good mining friend out of Kalispell, Montana, a single jack is one man swinging a hammer with one hand. A double jack required 2 hands on the hammer and another man to hold the drill.
I would like to know the etymology of jack in this one.
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Yep, single jack = one man double jack = 2 men
Double used a much heavier sledge than did single.
Having used single jack to break rocks in concrete (when my carbide bits won't go through) using single jack, I for sure wouldn't want to try earning my living that way.
Harry K
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I stand corrected. But I was right that it WAS a drilling contest.
Steve
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But I see your question of what is a 'jack' has not been answered. I too would like to know how it came about.
Harry K
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Main Entry: 1jack Pronunciation: 'jak Function: noun Etymology: Middle English Jacke, familiar term of address to a social inferior, nickname for Johan John 1 a : MAN -- usually used as an intensive in such phrases as every man jack b often capitalized : SAILOR c (1) : SERVANT, LABORER (2) : LUMBERJACK
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Easier to hit softly with a big hammer than to hit hard with a small one.
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