One of the most useful tools in any handyman’s or homeowners tool bag is a hammer. It’s also probably one of the first tools that a person thinks to buy. That’s because it can be used for so many purposes, everything from driving and removing nails to breaking apart objects and tapping parts together. Its versatility probably also means it’s one of the more important tools for anyone to have in their tool collection.
Not all of these tools are created equally, however. Different models are used for different jobs. There are ones that are designed for framing, others for metal fabrication and still other ones made just for electrical work. So the best hammer is the one which is best suited for the task at hand. And that’s why I’ve tried to include some of the best hammer products below, all while trying to present a variety of different models.
10. Klein Tools Electrician’s Straight Claw ( 807-18)
Exclusively designed for electrical work, this straight claw has a number of features which make it useful to electricians. It has a balanced design and an extra long neck with a narrow striking face that makes it the ideal tool for working inside tight areas such as the inside of walls or in electrical boxes. It also has a plastic-alloy jacket which keeps its neck from splintering if it hits an object too hard. Another key feature found on this tool is a fiberglass shaft which helps to absorb shock and is designed to hold up even under heavy work conditions.
9. Dewalt 20-Ounce Rip Claw (DWHT51054)
Since it’s manufactured by Dewalt, most tool enthusiasts would probably expect this rip claw handle to be durable, and a high-quality product and they wouldn’t be wrong. This tool is designed with the features that not only make it a strong tool but also extends its usable life. Its weight is distributed in such a way that it’s easy to swing and it has an oval strike face that makes driving nails in at an angle, otherwise known as toe-nailing, a whole lot easier. This single piece tool is constructed for long service life and has a side nail puller that makes pulling nails a lot easier and more efficient.
8. Irwin Tools Fiberglass General Purpose Claw (1954889)
This general purpose claw is designed to be used for any job that’s thrown at it. It can be used to drive or pull nails, tap dowels back into place or even to break up ice on outdoor furniture during the winter. It’s made using a forged steel head that has a smooth face that prevents too many marks being put into the surface hammered and it has a fiberglass handle that absorbs vibrations. This tool’s handle is rounded so that it’s comfortable to use and is less likely to slip from the hand during use. Overall, this product is easy-to-use, extremely comfortable and feels good in the hand.
7. Klenk 20-Ounce Square Head (DA70510)
This tinners tool is designed to be used by tin-smiths and sheet metal fabricators who need a good tin knocker for work. This 20-ounce model is extremely well balanced so it’s easy to hold and swing and has a polished finished square head that’s designed to be durable. This tool has rubber grips, which reduce user fatigue, and are textured to increase the user’s hold on it. Overall, this product is ideal for anyone who works with sheet metal all day, including duct fabricators and anyone who works with metals such as tin, thin steel or copper.
6. Stanley 7-Ounce Fiberglass (51-112)
This tool is lighter than comparable products on the market and has a weight of only 7-ounces. This makes it an easier to use tool for driving in picture hanging nails or tapping furniture together at home. However, this doesn’t mean that it also isn’t useful on the job site. It still has a full-sized handle that allows it to be swung with full force and it has a fiberglass core that reduces vibration and adds durability. And since it is has a bright yellow handle, it’s very easy to find on the job site. It’s a good tool which provides the user with a wood-feel and is designed for general hammering jobs.
5. Thor Wood Handle Soft & Hard Mallet (712R)
While this mallet might not exactly be crafted for the god of lightning and thunder, it is a versatile tool that anyone can use. It has a durable wood handle that’s comfortable to use and comes with a head that has a white nylon side that’s useful for light and heavy assembly work, and the other side features a gray face which is useful for woodworking or assembling furniture. This tool is useful in the shop or around the house and is designed to be practical and durable. All things considered, it’s a mallet that well-balanced and well made.
4. Estwing 22-Ounce Long Handle Framing Tool
Designed in the U.S and forged in one piece, this high-quality tool is designed to put in many years of work. It has a milled face and a rip claw that’s useful for splitting wood, prying up wood boards and pulling nails. This tool also has a comfortable handle that absorbs vibrations and reduces their transfer to the user’s arm by up to seventy percent. This tool is not only useful for the DIY enthusiast but also for roofers, contractors, framers, and carpenters. It’s a tool that’s built to last for generations and to always be at the ready when it’s needed.
3. The Original Pink Box 12-Ounce Claw ( PB12HM)
While it’s easy-to-imagine that the pink color of this tool might be a bit offputting to some DIY enthusiasts, it’s build quality and durability is pretty high. It has a sturdy fiberglass core with a resin coating that makes it extremely tough, and it has a rubber handle that’s easy to hold onto. This tool weighs approximately 12-ounces and has a smooth face. This product is also backed by a limited lifetime warranty, which is a further testament to its quality. And its distinctive color makes it easy to identify when placed among a lot of other tools.
2. Estwing 16-ounce Straight Rip Claw
Proudly made in the United States from American forged steel, this 16-ounce straight rip claw is designed to do a variety of different jobs. It has a one-piece design that makes it extremely durable and has a head that’s useful for driving and pulling nails, prying up wood boards, doing demolition work and splitting pieces of wood. This makes it a quite useful tool for professionals including contractors, carpenters, and electricians, but also makes it a pretty good tool for the DIY enthusiast. And since it has a shock-reducing grip that reduces vibrations by up to seventy-percent, this tool is as comfortable to use as it is durable.
1. Stanley 16-Ounce Fat Max Xtreme (51-163)
Stanley is a company whose name is often associated with quality, and this tool is ready to prove why that’s the case. It’s forged using a one-piece steel construction that makes it durable and increases its strength, and it has anti-vibration technology built into it that helps minimize impact vibrations from traveling from the tool to the user’s arm. This balanced precision tool also has a torsion control grip which reduces torque on the user’s wrists and elbows as well. When all of these features are factored together, the conclusion is rather simple. This is one of the better rip claws currently available.