I would like some advice concerning framing hammers. What are some of your
preferences regarding brands, types of handles, weights, mill faced vs.
smooth etc. Harbor Freight offers some nice looking very inexpensive
hammers. Would I be better of to just by an Estwing or a Vaughan? Any info
wahtsoever will be appreciated.
I prefer a 16", 22 oz. Estwing. I have a smooth faced and a checkered
faced framer, plus an Estwing rocker's hammer.
The 16" length makes a quick OC measurement in framing.
I really bought the Estwings because I like the 'ring' it makes when
I always used a 20 oz curved claw hammer with a wood handle. I
consider the Estwing a club especially if it is a straight claw.
I never liked the wrist shock. :)
I used a 13 oz wood handle for trim but now it's all nailers
Unless you're a pro you'll probably not be able to tell much
difference. Sorta' like the student violin, until one reaches a
certain level of proficiency, a Strad is pretty much lost investment.
OTOH, I've always been of the "buy quality" school for even things I
wasn't very proficient in originally I figured I'd develop the school
over time. So, then it boils down to how much you envision using it
and other less tangibles. In general, I've found the cheap Chiwanese
import hammers to be quite inferior in material, particularly in having
either very soft faces or very hard, brittle ones. What they have now,
in particular, who knows????
As for preference, I have Estwings and Vaughans and others as well.
Prefer for actual framing 32 oz fiber-glass handle, checkered face.
You'll get lots of differing opinions with that question. Framing
hammer choices vary by location, as well as personal preferences. I
personally like a 19 or 20 ounce hammer for everything. I don't do a
lot of framing, and when I do I use nail guns, so I'm not swinging a
hammer all day long. Same with finish nailing.
I haven't bought a new hammer in years, but if I was in the market, I'd
look into a titanium hammer, maybe the Vaughn one with the
interchangeable milled/smooth faces.
: Hello Group
: I would like some advice concerning framing hammers.
What are some of your
: preferences regarding brands, types of handles,
weights, mill faced vs.
: smooth etc. Harbor Freight offers some nice looking
: hammers. Would I be better of to just by an Estwing
or a Vaughan? Any info
: wahtsoever will be appreciated.
I am using one of the $4.00 harbor freight waffle heads
on my deck project. How strong is your elbow? I think
the hammer is nice but the handle is fiberglass and
will chip if you smash it into concrete or a nail - but
it is four dollars and I already drove 5pounds of 4.5"
10D's and it still works for the next time.
or whatever, you got to use it a lot to make it worth it. you'll do fine with a
vaughn or a stanley. if you do mostly framing, then you want a waffle head, but
for general use, i prefer a smooth face. I prefer a lighter hammer, since my
hammer is mainly an accessory to the nail gun. My favorite is a 16 ounce hart
trimmer with a hickory handle. definitely go with a straight claw...the curved
claw is going the way of the buffalo. I don't like the estwing--it is too hard
on the arm. go to a store and pick one you like.
when I was a full time framer I only used a vaughn 28 oz framing axe. we
had guns but the boss preferred to nail everything by hand, plywood
decking included. I could nail off a sheet with 8d in just a few minutes.
one hit to set it, one hit to finish it off... in that case, there's nothing
like have the right hammer. I still have one , along with a 28 oz estwing,
which by the way is an awesome tool for sucking in a wall that is too far
overhhung on a deck,,,, the narrow neck fits right in the claw of another
hammer. ... I have a couple finish type hammers also... a cheap 16 oz or
less wont get much use unless I cant seem to find any other... a good
fiberglass 20 oz like a stanley is a good for all around jobs.
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