Head to Head Hammer Bash
Hammers are one of the most widely used tools in the world and while the basic concept hasn’t changed much over the years technology has certainly pushed some significant improvements that are widely available across the market today. We reached out to a range of Brands and asked them to send us up to two hammers, preferably a “light framing” weight hammer and a more subtle “finish” weight hammer. As you can imagine each hammer on the market today is slightly different than it’s competitor so trying to create a true “head to head” comparison wasn’t possible, however we feel the hammers included in our evaluation represent a nice mixture in both price point and style.
It should also be noted that there are many, many more makes and models on the market. We could spend months testing hammers and likely never touch them all. In this article we’re trying to touch on some new models that have recently come out in the market that cover a wide range or prices and availability.
Also, in this Head to Head we’re trying something new with the crew which we hope will allow us to do more of these articles and also get some of our “remote” reviewers in the game. Most of the reviewers received hammers to evaluate on their own, on the job, in the shop, and around the house. This allowed us to spend more time with the tools, and also develop a broader range of opinions and evaluations.
The Hammer Line-Up
As I mentioned earlier we’ve broken the hammer samples into two categories; Light Framing Hammers and Finish Hammers including the following models:
- DEWALT 20oz – Model DWHT51054 – Smooth Face – Steel Handle – Rubber Over-mold Grip
- Estwing 15oz – Model EB-15S – Smooth Face – Steel Handle – Rubber Over-mold Grip
- Stanley FATMAX 17oz – Model FMHT51244 – Waffle Face – Steel/Plastic Handle – Rubber Over-mold Grip
- KOBALT 16oz – Model 62754 – Waffle Face – Steel Handle – Rubber Over-mold Grip
- Powerstrike * – Radial Finish DART Strike Face – Steel Tube Handle – Textured Paint Grip
- Stiletto 14oz – Model TI14MC-F – Waffle Face Titanium Head – Fiberglass Handle – Rubber Over-mold Grip
*NOTE: The Powerstrike hammer we tested is a prototype for a shorter handle design. Not available yet on the market, however, the slightly longer handle is available.
- Stanley FATMAX 14oz – Model FMHT51249 – Smooth Face – Steel/Plastic Handle – Rubber Over-mold Grip
- Hart 16oz – Model HH16SCS – Smooth Face – Steel Handle – Rubber Over-mold Grip
- Kobalt 16oz – Model 62742 – Smooth Face – Fiberglass Handle
- Stiletto 10oz – Model FH10C – Smooth Face Titanium Head – Hickory Handle
For each of the hammers we had each member of the team evaluate them on the job, in the shop, and around the house doing DIY projects. We’ve summarized basic features for each hammer below with highlights from the team members notes.
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