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Old 04-18-2015, 12:14 AM   #21
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Man.

Not one vote for the Vaughan California framer?
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Old 04-18-2015, 12:29 AM   #22
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Man.

Not one vote for the Vaughan California framer?
Sure, as long as it's a wood handle.
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Sure, as long as it's a wood handle.
All hickory. All day.
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I have a Cali framer. Couldn't get used to the hatchet handle, switched to a bluemax with a nail set before eventually getting a straight handled stiletto.
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I love vaughan but their steel is soft. Had a carpenter smooth out the milling in 3 months of use right in the center. Another one takes his dalluge and flattens out the milling on other guys' vaughans to show them.
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Can't stand hatchet handles. I like the new Estwings. Best looking hammers on the job.

Of course, on my jobs it is usually the only one, but still.
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All I can swing now is a hatchet handle after all these years.

I even bought the 16oz stiletto with the hatchet handle. There's so much more leverage.

A straight hammer feels like I'm swinging an umbrella.
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The handle is slippery when wet or with glove on winter
I prefer rubber handle
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I am so inaccurate with a hatchet handle its ridiculous but that's what I used to use the majority of the time. I thought I was just bad at hand nailing. Turns out I just suck with a hatchet handle.

I visited one of our sites once to hang some temp stairs and after I put my straight stiletto down to go do something. As a joke our framer switched mine for his. I come back and pick up his and immediately realize this isn't mine and I see our framer and his crew in the other corner of the house holding my hammer saying "How the hell can he swing this thing?"
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Long time 23oz Vaughan Cali Framer user. Don't get much use anymore. I traded it for a 12oz Vaughan soft face.
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Sure, as long as it's a wood handle.
What's wrong with the fiberglass models?
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What's wrong with the fiberglass models?
I had a guy show up with one. When I went to lunch I stopped into HD and got the Husky 22oz. straight wood handle framer. Went back to the job site grabbed his hammer out of his bags, walked over to the miter saw and cut the handle in two.

His draw dropped, but quickly turned to a smile when I handed him the Husky.

The hammer is still in my van. I show it to new guys. I don't tell them I bought the guy a nice replacement, but I do tell them this is what I do with fiberglass hammers on my jobs.
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I had a guy show up with one. When I went to lunch I stopped into HD and got the Husky 22oz. straight wood handle framer. Went back to the job site grabbed his hammer out of his bags, walked over to the miter saw and cut the handle in two.

His draw dropped, but quickly turned to a smile when I handed him the Husky.

The hammer is still in my van. I show it to new guys. I don't tell them I bought the guy a nice replacement, but I do tell them this is what I do with fiberglass hammers on my jobs.
You still didn't say what was wrong with fiberglass. You cut steel handles in two as well, just because you don't like them? I'm curious to know what is so offensive about fiberglass. I have a fiberglass Plumb that belonged to my grandfather...prolly 40-50 years old. Still works.
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I don't know how I would feel if someone cut up my hammer then gave me a Husky for a replacement. I have a feeling it wouldn't be positive.
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That's what I was thinking, gave him a husky, a55 hole.
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I'm wondering how he'd feel, if after cutting the guy' hammer in two, the guy took a sledge hammer to a few power tools. I was taught early in life to treat folks the way I'd like to be treated. Some folks, however, never learned that.
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You still didn't say what was wrong with fiberglass. You cut steel handles in two as well, just because you don't like them? I'm curious to know what is so offensive about fiberglass. I have a fiberglass Plumb that belonged to my grandfather...prolly 40-50 years old. Still works.
Swing a fiberglass hammer for a day and you will have tennis elbow that hurts so bad you won't want to lift a beer to your lips.
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I have used wood, fiberglass, steel and tubular steel. To me, wood is best. That does not mean that wood is best for everyone, and certainly doesn't give me the right to destroy someone else's stuff. I know carpenters that have used fiberglass plumbs for years.
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You still didn't say what was wrong with fiberglass. You cut steel handles in two as well, just because you don't like them? I'm curious to know what is so offensive about fiberglass. I have a fiberglass Plumb that belonged to my grandfather...prolly 40-50 years old. Still works.
Yeah, you got me. What I don't like gets cut up.

Most fiberglass handles are made by stiletto or worth spending the $6 they charge for them. Fiberglass handled hammers are typically cheap Chinese junk. The steel will ship, the handles are too flexible and the claw is a joke.

My rule of thumb is if you got it out of the discount bin at Ace Hardware it probably doesn't belong in a professionals tool box.

As for steel, I'm not sure why anyone would want to swing steel all day. Titanium, sure, but steel?
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That's what I was thinking, gave him a husky, a55 hole.
Why? My carpenter has swung a Husky for over 20 years. Great straight handled framing hammer. Classic design. I've had mine for nearly 10.

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