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Old 04-16-2015, 10:47 PM   #1
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Im starting in a month my carpentry course for one year and I'm looking for a decent hammer not too expensive for a beginner. I was looking at the dewalt 14 0z that swing like a 24 oz or Estwing Leather Grip...What you guys suggest for a good quality/price hammer?
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:05 PM   #2
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I started out with a 20oz (?) Stanley anti vibe. It worked fine for what I was doing. An estwing is a good choice.

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Nut up and get a stiletto! You won't regret it.
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Nut up and get a stiletto! You won't regret it.
That's jumping the gun! He still needs time to figure out whether he still wants to stay in the carpentry gig or not!
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20 oz Estwing straight claw is a great general purpose hammer.

Would help if you told us what you were doing with it. Carpentry is a very broad term. Someone doing interior trim is going to want a different hammer than someone working on a form crew or framing crew.
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22 oz Estwing. I have several of them. They're excellent hammers, and when you move on to a nice Dalluge, you'll still use the Estwings as loaners, demolition tools, mini-sledges, claw chisels, non-theft-worthy tools on open commercial sites, etc.
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Yup Estwing any size would be a good bet.
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Thanks guys for the quick reply and yeah I'll do mostly framing... i think I'll go for the estwing and I really like this one http://professional-power-tool-guide...Hammers-02.jpg
What you guys think about this one?
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I've always used a Vaughn 20oz, straight claw, fiberglass handle, smooth face, and 16" long. You'll appreciate the 16" length when you need to gauge where the next stud is, behind the sheeting.

I use it for everything. I never really understood switching hammers for trim work. Get used to swinging one length and weight then have to switch? To each their own.

Of course it's been over 20 years since I used a hammer for trim nails. I don't even have any hand drive trim nails in the truck. In the rare instance I need one, I cut one off the strip of air drive.
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I use 16 oz hammers. I've got estwing and a few bostich that came free from lowes. I never drive nails with a hammer from a framing standpoint. I'm a remodeler and am either using a nailer or screws. Just doesn't happen. Hammer gets used for banging on things, no point for me to have anything to fancy.

I prefer 16 oz. 20 oz is unnecessary for me to lug around. It all depends on what you're doing. If you're framing I'd go 20.
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I use my 28oz wood handled estwing for everything
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I use 16 oz hammers. I've got estwing and a few bostich that came free from lowes. I never drive nails with a hammer from a framing standpoint. I'm a remodeler and am either using a nailer or screws. Just doesn't happen. Hammer gets used for banging on things, no point for me to have anything to fancy.

I prefer 16 oz. 20 oz is unnecessary for me to lug around. It all depends on what you're doing. If you're framing I'd go 20.
Agreed, I use a 16 all the time...
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Ok I made a choice and thanks for the reply!!
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22 oz Estwing. I have several of them. They're excellent hammers, and when you move on to a nice Dalluge, you'll still use the Estwings as loaners, demolition tools, mini-sledges, claw chisels, non-theft-worthy tools on open commercial sites, etc.
I agree here and that's what I started out with but also had a 16 oz Estwing for trim.Still have the trim hammer and have went to a 28 oz Estwing with wood handle for framing.Those steel handles wear on an old mans wrist and joints after many years.
Still need to know what type of work your doing.A 14 oz is pretty light for anything unless it's titanium.
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....Those steel handles wear on an old mans wrist and joints after many years......
Yep.
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I use a 22 oz Stanley long handle when framing; smooth face, anti-vibe, straight claw
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Check out Dalluge hammmers. I use the 26 Dalluge classic
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I endend up whit a 20oz Estwing whit leather grip..Can't wait to start my course!
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I endend up whit a 20oz Estwing whit leather grip..Can't wait to start my course!
I grew up using my dad's leather-grip Estwing. Great hammer.
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Good choice, it will serve you well. Stick around while you're at it, lots to be learned here.

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