I am pretty sure I would not hammer in the morning, but if I had to I would want a perfect hammer. Is the type of hammer you buy really that important? It is like anything else, do a little research and then you get what you pay for (informed consumer….really? is that why I am paying five bucks for a coffee at Starbucks??? Ok, onward and upward.) I recently spent some time with my super hero handyman, Nick at Home Depot. His Idea of a date….hmmm.
I actually found it rather interesting and certainly informative. This information and is for picking out a good “claw” hammer. Who knew that what a hammer is made of and how much it weighs really affects it’s efficiency. In todays world everything is electronic, computerized and has lots of moving parts. These tools that we will be reviewing are pretty simple and count on human energy and accuracy to use them.
The first thing you want to look for is the material that it is made of….wood vs. fiberglass. Wood seems to be the logical choice, but it will not absorb the vibrations from the pounding as well as a fiberglass and usually the fiberglass handles have an extra sleeve on them that also help absorbs some of the shock to your hand.
The next thing is the weight. Nick was very definitive about this…16oz is the way to go. He said that weight gives you enough power without extra fatigue to your arm, wrist and hand.
The price is the last aspect and we found that the cost was less for a wood type. A wood handled 16oz claw hammer runs $6.00-$7.00. While a fiberglass “Plumb” brand 16oz is around $9.50. Our pick? the Plumb brand 16 oz.
So you be the judge. Keep in mind a hammer is not something you buy often or even more than once, as long as you don’t lose it. And hey the price of the fiberglass hammer will get you a cup of coffee and a muffin at Starbucks.