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Old 03-12-2010, 02:28 PM   #1
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What kind of hammer do YOU use?
Do you prefer a light or a heavy hammer?
Do you like a straight handled hammer, or do you like the curved handle?
What material of shaft and head is your hammer?
Do you like a grip?
Do you actually use the starter on your hammer or is it just there to look good?
Waffle, or finish head?
How many swings can you drive a 16d nail?

Don't just say what you use, say WHY you use it!

I have 2 hammers. My framing hammer, is a Stiletto, 14oz framer with a curved wood handle with an epoxy coating on the bottom. I don't ever use the nail start. I like a lightweight hammer, because I can swing it all day =]. I like the waffle, it gets a hold of the nail and doesn't bend them as easily. As for a grip, the epoxy coating is very nice, and during the winter(It's super rainy here in WA) I use one of the easy to install rubber grips, but in the summer, the epoxy coating is more than enough.
As for driving a 16, using the starter, including the start it takes 2 swings, but without the starter, and including the start, I take 3 swings, I'll hit it pretty hard with my fingers down there, but I won't go full blast. I like my fingers As for when I'm doing a remodel, or any other demo job I use the new fiberglass handle Stiletto

it's very light, but can resist the wear and tear on the upper end of the shaft, where most handles break in time, and that area does get beat up when breaking sheetrock and plaster. Did you know lighter hammers reduce the risk of carpal tunnel?

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Old 03-12-2010, 03:00 PM   #2
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What kind of hammer do YOU use?
Do you prefer a light or a heavy hammer?
Do you like a straight handled hammer, or do you like the curved handle?
What material of shaft and head is your hammer?
Do you like a grip?
Do you actually use the starter on your hammer or is it just there to look good?
Waffle, or finish head?
How many swings can you drive a 16d nail?

Don't just say what you use, say WHY you use it!

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I have 2 hammers. My framing hammer, is a Stiletto, 14oz framer with a curved wood handle
with an epoxy coating on the bottom. I don't ever use the nail start. I like a lightweight hammer, because I can swing it all day =]. I like the waffle, it gets a hold of the nail and doesn't bend them as easily. As for a grip, the epoxy coating is very nice, and during the winter(It's super rainy here in WA) I use one of the easy to install rubber grips, but in the summer, the epoxy coating is more than enough.
As for driving a 16, using the starter, including the start it takes 2 swings, but without the starter, and including the start, I take 3 swings, I'll hit it pretty hard with my fingers down there, but I won't go full blast. I like my fingers As for when I'm doing a remodel, or any other demo job I use the new fiberglass handle Stiletto

it's very light, but can resist the wear and tear on the upper end of the shaft, where most handles break in time, and that area does get beat up when breaking sheetrock and plaster. Did you know lighter hammers reduce the risk of carpal tunnel?
Same here. My demo hammer is a stanley anti vibe 20 oz., my finish hammer is a stiletto ti. 10oz.

Question's..........

What type of epoxy are you referring to?

What is an easy to install rubber grip? Is it made for the stilleto handle?

Stilleto advises against using the titanium on a hard object like a nail bar, is the titanium subject to breaking?

I just got my titaniums last year, primarily because of the light weight and the fact a guy let me use his on a couple of jobs and my elbow and wrist felt less stress.

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Here's my favorite finish "hammer"



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Yeah, I've got a couple of those too (they don't look that pretty any more ), but I do mostly finish stuff...great framing guns though .
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I wouldn't use any other gun for framing. I own close to 20. I have a few different kinds of saws, but only 1 kind of gun.
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20?! niiiiice....
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If you haven't joined over here... http://www.contractortalk.com/f11/ , you may want to...probably get a bunch of replies
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Well that's just Advantage Framing's guns for their own crews. We do hire out individual contractors who do their own stuff. The sad thing is that employees just don't take care of their tools as well as they should, so sadly, mine aren't as pretty as in that picture. Well, mine is, their's aren't.
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I just did, thanks for the advice, now it's time to steal my own post and put it on there :p
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They have an intro section for new guy's. Someone may mention it to you. I don't post there to much but ease drop quite a bit.

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