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Hammering nails into wood, crushing rocks and other hard objects, prying stubborn nails out of the ground, the hammer can do many things that cannot be done by hand. The key, however, is to use the right type of hammer for the job.

Different Types Of Hammers&Their Uses

Feb. 14 , 2022

Hammering nails into wood, crushing rocks and other hard objects, prying stubborn nails out of the ground, the hammer can do many things that cannot be done by hand. The key, however, is to use the right type of hammer for the job. That is why this article from SINOTOOLS introduce you different types of hammers and their uses. We hope this will help you choose the suitable type of hammer for your own need.

Ball Peen Hammer

Ball Pein Hammer

When it comes to metalwork, craftsmen and engineers always choose ball peen hammers. It looks like your claw hammer, except the claw is replaced by a round or ball-shaped peen. This is used for forming and setting rivets, rounding the edges of fasteners and metal pins, and expanding copper caps. Ball peen hammers are also used for strengthening weld metal. For this reason, a ball peen hammer is also called the machinist's hammer. Interestingly, this type of hammer can also be used for chiseling.

Sledge hammer

Sledge Hammer

This must be the heaviest and hardest hammer on the planet. A sledge hammer is the big brother of a block or stick hammer and has a long handle to produce maximum force when fully swung. Some can weigh up to 18lbs and are typically used for moderate to heavy demolition work; although getting a jack would certainly be better. These hammers are generally used to break concrete, stone, rock and masonry.

Machinist hammer

Machinist Hammer

Another type of sledge hammer is the machinist hammer. It is usually smaller than a typical sledge hammer and has only an 11-inch long handle. What makes it unique, however, is the head. One face is square and suitable for tapping or breaking other materials. The opposite face is a downward sloping steel head. This hammer face usually indicates that it is more like an axe head when striking objects as well as when splitting them.

Claw Hammer

Claw Hammer

Everyone should have a claw hammer. It is a versatile hammer with a flat head for driving materials such as nails and a claw that is very suitable for prying nails and other objects. If you want to look closely, the claw hammer resembles a combination of a mallet and an iron bar. Its face is perfect for driving nails, breaking hard objects, and even flattening certain materials (such as galvanized iron sheets). The claw or pry bar attachment is very suitable for prying nails out of wood and other surfaces. Therefore, it can also be used to separate two objects, such as two pieces of wood joined together by nails.

It is no exaggeration to say that a hammer is one of the most necessary tools on the planet. Anyone who has ever repaired, created, restored, molded, damaged, divided, or manufactured anything will tell you that somewhere in their work, they always needed some different types of  hammers. 


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