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I know there are a lot of hammer threads on here, but I have a really specific question that I haven't been able to get anywhere with. For school next year I need a 22oz.-28oz. smooth face framing hammer, the first one that came to mind was estwing but I was wondering if you guys could throw some other options out their that fit this criteria that you have either liked or hated!
 

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I was looking at the Dewalt hammers the other day at home depot and I really liked the feel but the school is strict with the hammer being at least 22 oz. I had never heard of vaughn until I started this search but Ive read a lot of good reviews about them, have you had good luck with them? That hammer looks like a perfect fit!
 

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If you're about to enter the trades, a 22 oz. wood handle "framer" will suffice.

You may find the need to get your "angst" out with a 25 or 28 oz. (if they even make them anymore ), steel or wood handle.

Don't fight that urge.

Bang around awhile with those and see how they feel.

...weighing you down throughout the day

...shock absorption ? (what is that?)

When you learn to drive a framing nail, it will matter very little about the hammer head ounce.

(sometimes you have to smash a few fingers and bend a few nails before you learn how to swing a hammer.)

FTR:

14 oz. Stiletto smooth face with a wood handle;

But I'm a remodeler that bounces back and forth between framing and trim.

This handles both well.
 

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I had never heard of vaughn until I started this search but Ive read a lot of good reviews about them, have you had good luck with them?
no complaints, they're the bees knees imo. i've used vaughan / dalluge hammers pretty much exclusively since i moved away from estwing.
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Tibone with a smooth face.. If your school complains about it only being a 15oz they are joking. My entire crew swings them by choice.
 

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kyle_dmr said:
Tibone with a smooth face.. If your school complains about it only being a 15oz they are joking. My entire crew swings them by choice.
Serious question:

Ive never swung a Ti-bone.

Does it resonate through the handle?

( Sorry for the hijack ).
 

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First off, what is this "school" you speak of? Is it an apprenticeship training program or something of the like?

If so, they "recommend" a 16-20 oz straight claw. That's about it.

Secondly, it's your arm, your hammer, you're swinging it, not anyone else. I'd get what I wanted. But if rules is rules and you're one to follow them, get what they tell you to.

As for some actual help, look toward Dalluge or Vaughan. Maybe even Stiletto. But I think it would be tough to find a 22-28 oz smooth faced hammer. Most of them at that weight are geared toward framing with milled faces.
 

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More like $250 with tax around here........Personally with nail guns....as much as I use a hammer anymore it ain't worth it
They come out with a nail pulling feature on the guns that I missed?

Oh wait,

You guys never make mistakes.

( that's what those carpenter pencils are for: { no erasers } )
 

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More like $250 with tax around here........Personally with nail guns....as much as I use a hammer anymore it ain't worth it
I have a Tibone and agree. I use mine to set forms and toe nail rafters and tack sheating in place, but the Estwing worked just fine, and moved lumber better when I need to adjust something.

All in all, I do like it though. Pretty smooth when I want to hand bang something.

If someone stole it, Id try a Vaughn like Cali decks probably.
 

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I dont use smooth face for framing though. Just cornice, siding and trim.
 
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