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Old 03-12-2010, 05:41 PM   #1
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What kind of hammer do YOU use?
Do you prefer a light or a heavy hammer?
Do you like a straight handled hammer, or do you like the curved handle?
What material of shaft and head is your hammer?
Do you like a grip?
Do you actually use the starter on your hammer or is it just there to look good?
Waffle, or finish head?
How many swings can you drive a 16d nail?

Don't just say what you use, say WHY you use it!

I have 2 hammers. My framing hammer, is a Stiletto, 14oz framer with a curved wood handle with an epoxy coating on the bottom. I don't ever use the nail start. I like a lightweight hammer, because I can swing it all day =]. I like the waffle, it gets a hold of the nail and doesn't bend them as easily. As for a grip, the epoxy coating is very nice, and during the winter(It's super rainy here in WA) I use one of the easy to install rubber grips, but in the summer, the epoxy coating is more than enough.
As for driving a 16, using the starter, including the start it takes 2 swings, but without the starter, and including the start, I take 3 swings, I'll hit it pretty hard with my fingers down there, but I won't go full blast. I like my fingers:yes: As for when I'm doing a remodel, or any other demo job I use the new fiberglass handle Stiletto
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it's very light, but can resist the wear and tear on the upper end of the shaft, where most handles break in time, and that area does get beat up when breaking sheetrock and plaster. Did you know lighter hammers reduce the risk of carpal tunnel?
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:13 PM   #2
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I also have the 14Oz Stiletto I've spent as much on handles as I have on the hammer.

I asked them if there had a trade up program so I could get a titanium one and they said no. After I emailed back and fourth and spoke on the phone with them numerous times about the notoriously weak straight wooden handle this was the conclusion:

I have 2 choices, status quo or ship the hammer at my cost to California to have them give me a free fiberglass handle.

I asked if I could trade it in for a partial credit (less then half of retail) towards a different hammer and they wouldn't help me out.

I live how the stiletto hits but I don't think I will be investing in another.

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the fiberglass one definitely is a good hammer, I've played around with the TiBone, but that's a pricey hammer, But once you wear out the head, you can just buy a new one!
They are expensive, have you ever considered a Dalluge?
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:55 PM   #4
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Pound in a nail? what is that.......says the tile setter/lead abaiter
I use a bostich 59 oz flooring mallet as my window/demo tool I have to break out the blind stops from the outside and this works awesome. The rubber side is great for tapping in vinyl frames and finished trim with out denting it.


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I've got 3 hammers, all stanley antivibes. I've got a 20 with a finish face, and a 22 and 28 with a waffle and nail starter. I use that nail starter a lot, especially off of ladders. I find my 22 is my go to with my 20 for lighter duty and my 28 when something needs to be "persuaded". I've smashed my waffle hammers on solid steel, concrete, and rock and never felt any vibration, I'd gladly pay the $40CAD again should i lose one of the waffles.
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I like my 20 oz. Vaughan 999 milled face. It's a good all-around hammer. I rarely use a hammer to drive nails unless I'm doing vinyl siding, which is rare. Everything that can be gunned, will be gunned.
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I have about 7 different hammers, for various uses. People should include what they do with em, not everyone pounds 16's all day.


Form building, 19oz vaughan w/curved wooden handle, waffle, can swing it all day on horizontal walls
Form stripping, dead on demo hammer, flat faced, pulls nails easily, doesn't mar up the form lumber when beating on it.
Framing, 24oz stanley fatmax, long graphite handle, waffle, it's a beast but drives 16d's in a couple swings
Finish, 19oz stanley anti-vibe metal shank, slat faced, I like it because it's very accurate, and I got it for $10 on wootdotcom

Loner hammer, 19oz stanley waffle anti-vibe, it's bent a little bit so a real PITA to use, but it always comes back to me when I lend it!

I only use the starter when I can't reach the spot I'm nailing with two hands.

Since we are talking hammers here, I notice my carpal tunnel is 10x worse when I am dehydrated. So if you have a problem with it also, may want to try drinking more water, it's helped a few people that I know.

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My kind of hammer, good all purpose hammer. Great for starting nails, framing, and demolition. Not the greatest for finish work though
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I was waiting for some excavator to post that
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I don't do a tremendous amount of banging in a typical day. I have a set of daluges and I love em. They just feel good in the hand. And they don't cost 150.00$.
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I like dead on tools finishing hammers for finish work. I also have two of the Estwing leather wrapped finish hammers. For framing i use california framing hammers by Vaughn. I stole a trick from Tom silva about 5 years ago where i drill small countersunk holes up and down the handle for grip. Works great!

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are we just talking work or do hobbies count ?

in the box in the truck

28oz grill face estwing for framing

20oz estwing smooth face for things where grill marks are bad lol

16oz estwing finish hammer

a 5 lb single jack

a 2 lb lead shot dead blow

a 10 lb sledge for general whacking on big stuff

a rig ax estwing 22oz if i need it it lives in the box just in case

a estwing shingle hammer for if i need it witch i have

and an estwing masons hammer for the odd repair job on brick

i think i keep estwing in business but its what i know and like

if we get in to hobbies i can add another 30 more hammers but

i do blacksmithing for fun lol
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I like my 20 oz. Vaughan 999 milled face. It's a good all-around hammer. I rarely use a hammer to drive nails unless I'm doing vinyl siding, which is rare. Everything that can be gunned, will be gunned.
I can't believe that you dont have the siding tip for your paslode 1/2" crown sheathing stapler I don't hand bang vinyl or steel!
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They are expensive, have you ever considered a Dalluge?
Dalluge looks nice, except for the one with the stupid Douglas I-Beam handle.....what a lousy designe that is. Dalluge may be my next.
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For me, the Stanley anti-vibe is the most comfortable hammer Ive used. I love the grip on it. I have heard a lot of complaints that it bends but Ive had mine for about 5 or 6 years with no problems.
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12 oz tileing hammer...l like to use finness over brawn....
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ive been using a 20 oz smooth face framing hammer that i found in the road when my wife{girlfriend at the time}and i were taking a walk.i picked it up and said "cool".she said "put it down its all dirty".lol.i said "look this hammer is lost and its gonna make me thousands of dollars".she thought i was joking.that was about 30 some odd siding and roofing jobs ago.iF you see a hammer pick it up!
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Dalluge looks nice, except for the one with the stupid Douglas I-Beam handle.....what a lousy designe that is. Dalluge may be my next.
What is your deal with the Douglas hammer design? I love mine, and haven't had near the handle issues you have with your Stiletto. Try it, you might even like it.
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I like my 20 oz. Vaughan 999 milled face. It's a good all-around hammer. I rarely use a hammer to drive nails unless I'm doing vinyl siding, which is rare. Everything that can be gunned, will be gunned.
Nice Arsenal, you have more gun's than New Zea land's army.
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New Zealand army. No guns, they use hammers

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