Powerstrike Hammer Review

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Powerstrike Is Not Just Any Hammer

Powerstrike Hammer

Manufacturer: Powerstrike
Price: $149.00

As much as I am a power tool guy and try to avoid tools that don’t have a motor, even I know you can’t work in the trades for very long and not have a good hammer.   And of course, like everything else in life, not all hammers are created equal.   To get an overall view of what is going on with hammers on today’s jobsite, take a look at Todd Fratzel’s Head-to-Head Hammer Time article. For the purposes of this review, I’m going to focus on Powerstrike hammers.

Powerstrike HammerI am a fan of the little guy, well, as long as they make a good product. Inventor, engineer, and manufacturer Gary Pimental founded Powerstrike in 2013, and he keeps finding new ways to improve the tool. I’ve been swinging on of the first generation versions since they came out, and it’s become my go-to hammer. I can explain why by taking a look at the design of the tool.

Handle Design

The single wall or “monocoque” design of the handle is one of the things that makes this hammer so strong. “What does monocoque mean?”, you ask. So did I, so I looked it up and here is the definition according to Merriam-Webster: “a type of construction (as of a fuselage) in which the outer skin carries all or a major part of the stresses”. Because all of the stress from the impact is on the external shell, the handle can be made far lighter, but still pack a punch. Basically, the lightweight aluminum handle is comfortable to the hand, but powerful on impact.

Powerstrike Handle

Aluminum Handle

Interchangeable Parts

The idea of interchangeable heads is not a new one, but Powerstrike put a lot of time and effort into making it efficient and functional for their hammers. Different jobs require different heads, and you get a couple of options with Powerstrike. You can order your hammer with either the 17-4 Stainless Steel head with the anti-slip bulls eye face or with the smooth-face titanium head. Just as an aside, 17-4 stainless steel is stronger than titanium, and will not chip like titanium can.  It’s easy to change the head. An allen bolt holds it in place, and you just loosen, replace, and tighten.

Powerstrike Hammers Heads

Interchangeable heads

What is new is Powerstrike’s philosophy on other interchangeable parts. They want you to create the hammer that is right for your specific situation, but beyond that, they want you to be able to refurbish your hammer with whatever parts you choose at anytime. So in addition to interchangeable heads, any component of the hammer can be replaced.

Powerstrike Hammer

Allen bolt holds head firmly in place

Additional Features

Nail Starter: Here I go with big words again… Powerstrike hammers use a niobium magnet to hold the nail in place. This allows for one-handed driving.

Powerstrike Nail Starter

Nail Starter

The hammer is equipped with a side-puller, which makes pulling stubborn nails a little less exhausting.

Powerstrike Hammer

Side Puller

The design of the claw is pretty standard, but this one is made from 17-4 stainless steel, which again, is strong, but also resists corrosion. The leverage you get from the claw is good.

Powerstrike Hammer

Claw design is perfect for leverage

You can choose your handle color. There are high visibility colors like bright green, bright yellow, and pink. Gary first created the pink one for his wife, but it became pretty popular because of the visibility and because it keeps guys on the jobsite from stealing your pink hammer! 🙂

Powerstrike Hammers

Many colors to choose from

Powerstrike Pink Hammer

Real men use pink hammers.

Overall Thoughts

I’m impressed with the quality of construction with the hammer as well as the performance.   The head choices, ease of changing the parts, and the comfort of use make this a hammer to hang onto.   I have used Stiletto hammers in the past, and they are good, no doubt, but I’d say because of the features, this hammer is on par with Stiletto.

In the studio where I am the Facilities Manager, I have to hide this hammer as it’s a favorite for people to use and not return.   A few months ago, we were creating an art project where we had to drive about 180,000 nails. While the nails were going into drywall, so not a heavy swing, this hammer was still the favorite because of the lack of fatigue.

Powerstrike Hammers are priced at $149.00. Oh and one more good thing… they are made in Vista, CA. So you are helping the American Economy by purchasing one!

Powerstrike Hammer

About the author

Brad Staggs

Trained as a carpenter, Brad has been around tools and the construction industry most of his life. He combined his career goal of having a TV show with his knowledge of how-to, when he was selected to host DIY Home Repair & Remodeling. In addition, he has been the featured Home Improvement Expert on several HGTV programs. He created DIY Cool Tools as a sales tool for the network and was co-Executive Producer of DIY Tools & Techniques.His combined knowledge of tools, home improvement, and broadcasting are evident in his current role of Contributing Writer & Video Producer for ToolSkool.com. He co-created the website with his business partner, Beth Knott. After years of producing content for others, they decided to build something that could highlight their individual skills.

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  1. Ryan Wolf

    I been trying to place a order on one of these hammers for months. I’m a Union Carpenter In Philadelphia and a guy on the job had one and it swung amazing. I place an order and they refunded my payment and said sorry no longer available. The website is no longer available. Anyone have info on where I can order one or what happened to the production/ company? Thanks

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Ryan – Let us do some digging..stay tuned.

      1. Ryan Wolf

        Thanks for the response I purchased a hammer from this website. They cancelled my order a week later and said no longer available

  2. Joe Williams

    Same thing happened to me tried to order it and just got free funded a week later tried calling girl picked up said wrong number so you guys have the wrong number for your contact to but I’d like to buy a hammer just wish I knew how

  3. Pink John

    Stumbled upon this as I too was trying to figure out how to get in contact with them. I placed an order, a few days later it was cancelled and refunded. The person that answered the phone said I had wrong number. I was pretty excited about this hammer but think I have to give up on the idea of being able to get one.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      I fear they have gone out of business.

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