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Old 05-10-2009, 11:18 PM   #41
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I was thinking more when you have to bang stuff around, not pounding nails.
Same sorth thing, its more like taking a swing in golf or breaking hard in 9 ball; a little practice and you'l be sold....or maby im a limp-wristed wuss who can't handle the 28oz axe.
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:23 AM   #42
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What, no one uses the original Hart Woody?
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My favorite hammer.
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My favorite hammer.
This one looks a little rusty. You need to use it more.
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Thanks man, actually I had to go and find this in the yard my son (9years old) likes to take it into the yard and beat the hell out of every thing and then just leave it there.
A good friend of mine sent it to me in the post.He said "As soon as I saw it I thought of you" Yea Thanks.
Most of the hammers here are just about one stage above a rock tied to a stick thats why I stay with my estwings,
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:39 PM   #46
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Same sorth thing, its more like taking a swing in golf or breaking hard in 9 ball; a little practice and you'l be sold....or maby im a limp-wristed wuss who can't handle the 28oz axe.
Just implying to let the weight of the hammer do the work, that's all. No worries.
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I've used this hammer since 1986,16 oz. Plumb, it looks and is well worn,I've bought several newer hammers over the years since ,but they always go back in my toolbox within a couple of hours. It can finess a 6d finish nail to just an 1/8" proud of trim or drive a 3 1/4" 12d sinker into SYP in 3 or 4 licks.
Like the old saying goes,if I had a nickel for every nail it's driven.
Maybe oneday I'll find her replacement,
(after the head comes flying off .)
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It can finess a 6d finish nail to just an 1/8" proud of trim or drive a 3 1/4" 12d sinker into SYP in 3 or 4 licks.
Not to criticize that venerable old-timer, I can do that and better with my meat-tenderizer 22-oz singing Estwing. 1/16" and 2-3 licks.

It's really more dependent on what you're used to than any particular brand or condition of the tool.
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"Not to criticize that venerable old-timer, I can do that and better with my meat-tenderizer 22-oz singing Estwing. 1/16" and 2-3 licks."

OW! That hurts man I'm only 41.


"It's really more dependent on what you're used to than any particular brand or condition of the tool."


I totally agree with that statement.

2 licks on a 12d sinker I bet your fingers get real nervous on that first lick.
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OW! That hurts man I'm only 41.
Talking about the hammer, not the man.

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2 licks on a 12d sinker I bet your fingers get real nervous on that first lick.
On a good day, no problem. Other days... yeah.
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2 licks on a 12d sinker I bet your fingers get real nervous on that first lick.[/quote]



I was in a nail driving contest one year. Had to drive 3- 16D nails into railroad ties. The kicker was they counted the swings setting the nails so guys were getting the most out of each shot. At the time the record was 9. Nobody could sink a nail in 2. Guy walks up and first (set swing) he puts everything into it, hammer ricosheys off head and demolishes two of his fingers. Ive never heard such a large guy scream like such a bitch and he heaved that hammer at least 75 ft. With 30-40 guys laughing in hysterics of course.
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5 sinkers 5 seconds. No tricks, wrist action bro's. Vaughan rigging axe.
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Lost my Estwing a few years ago & needed a new one real quick & the local hardware store had these Stanleys. It felt good so I bought it even though I thought Estwing was the best. But to my surprise this has been a great hammer and I like it better than the estwing. This is a 22 oz & it is true to its name. I never get any tiggling out of this & the grip is the best I have used. Its a little lighter but a great hammer for us older guys that get tendonitis quickly............

Funny!

I wore out my Stanley 20 oz smooth face rip claw after 15 years. Why a 20? Well, It's a good all rounder, frame, side, trim ect. I just use one hammer. It was so much an extension of my body, I could practically twirl the damn thing on a finger.... It had a plastic jacket, not graphite, some kind of resin that was clear gold. It got knicknamed "The golden hammer".

Sadly, somebody thought they needed it more than I did, when my equipment was stolen from a jobsite. (Kicked in the door!)

So, I move to that exact style of 20 oz, and HATED IT. The face has a horrible crown on it, I would bend nails like MAD. The rip claw is too short, can't get on a close sunk head to pull....

So I moved over to the graphite jacketed 20 oz rip claw, ground the face just a little, and have been happy with that since.
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"I was in a nail driving contest one year. Had to drive 3- 16D nails into railroad ties. The kicker was they counted the swings setting the nails so guys were getting the most out of each shot. At the time the record was 9. Nobody could sink a nail in 2. Guy walks up and first (set swing) he puts everything into it, hammer ricosheys off head and demolishes two of his fingers. Ive never heard such a large guy scream like such a bitch and he heaved that hammer at least 75 ft. With 30-40 guys laughing in hysterics of course. "

About 22 yrs. ago we were topping the walls out ,and a cousin of mine was going to see how fast he could drive a 12,hit the wrong nail and meat came out the end of his finger.My father took him to the emergency room ,they fixed him up gave him the bill $ 230.00 asked if he wanted to file it on workmans comp he told them yes ,so they filed it on WC.when he recieved his statement from the insurance co. the charge had gone from 230.00 to over 600.00
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Although I've used Estwings for a couple decades, I switched to the Fatmax line of hammers a couple years ago. They rock the cat box.

That being said, I never really understood the logic behind buying these $200 titanium framing hammers, etc.

Around here, we use nailguns to shoot at least 95% of the nails into the wood (can't forget the almighty PALM nailer, either!). The hammer gets used more for beating a board in place (when it's too much for the nailgun to beat over) than anything else...

And once in a while we use the hammer to drive a nail 1/2in or so into the wood to hold a chalk line.

I'm also quite good at smashing flies to nothing but paper-thin juice with a single blow of the hammer.

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When I was a framer I used the estwings, usually the 28oz'er. Used the big rigging ax for a while too for maximum nail driving power.

After a couple of times of tennis elbow so bad I could hardly pick up a saw I switched to using wood or fiberglass handles on all my hammers.
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The only time I swayed from Estwing (before my new found love of the FatMax) was one time when I bought a 16oz "Plumb". Within no time, the red rubber handle came off. After sitting for a decade or so, I finally spooged some Gorilla glue in there and it's been fine every since.

::Seinfeld voice::

I gotta wonder: what's the deal with "curved claw" hammers??

I can't say I've ever wished I had one after using straight claws for so long...

Maybe I'll ask my Dad. He still has wooden ladders (AND a wooden PICK).

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28 waffle Estwing here, and a 22 smooth face for lighter stuff....I wonder if anyone has actually worn out an Estwing?
I watched one fall 18' and land on its side in Texas mud. When the helper got down there to get his hammer - the neck had shattered and he came back with his hammer in two pieces. For the next 10 years I went 100% craftsman California Framer - so I could "participate" in their unconditional warranty program. Every new project = started with a fresh hammer.

Once my wife and son bought me the Stiletto 15 oz Ti-Bone for Father's day, 2 years ago...that's it. I don't even look at other hammers in the tool isle.
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Check. I think I might even get my name put on mine!

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