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Types of Hammers

Hammers are used for much more than just driving nails and pulling them out. They are employed for a variety of jobs - from shaping to forming to finishing processes. Thus, you will need different hammers to facilitate specific tasks to achieve more effective outcomes.
 
In this article, we will be sharing some main types of hammers and their functions to help you select the best hammer for the right job. Without further ado, let’s jump into it!


 
 
1.     Claw Hammer
Claw hammers are one of the most popular hammers for general work. Their handles come in various materials - wood, steel, glass-fiber and more. With a rubber grip, it is easier for you to exert force without experiencing any hand fatigue.
 
The hammer’s claw is normally curved, incorporating a ‘V’ shaped structure which is suitable for any woodworking, prying or finishing jobs. The curved claw allows you to pull out any stubborn nails and perform other jobs where a lever is required.
 

 
 
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2.    Cross Pein Hammer
Also known as Warrington Pattern hammers, cross peins are often considered a carpenter’s hammer. It is also a tool that is most useful domestically.
 
Other than shaping metals, they are used for starting panel pins and tacks. The chiseled side of the hammer’s head is first used to start the nail. Then, it is reversed and the nail is driven by the flat side of the hammer.
 


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3.     Ball Pein Hammer
Normally used by a machinist or an engineer, the ball pein is used for peening, shaping metal and closing rivets (metalworking). With two heads, one being flat and the other round, it is suitable for specific tasks.
 
The ball/round end can be used to round off edges of metal pins and fasteners in addition to making gaskets for mating surfaces. On the other hand, the flat end of the hammer is often employed to strike punches and chisels.
 

 
 
4.     Rubber Hammer
Rubber hammers are often called for when a softer blow is needed due to their bounce-resistant (dead blow) heads. It is a lightweight hammer-like tool with a head made of rubber or hard plastic.
 
Considering that rubber hammers do not leave any marks or scratches, they’re commonly utilized to bend and shape sheet metal. They’re also useful for forcing tight-fitting wooden parts together, shifting plasterboard into place, and for upholstery works.

 
 


 
 
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5.     Sheet Metal Hammer
Both ends of the hammer’s head namely the wide flat circular head and the chisel-shaped head are used for ‘pecking’ metals to shape them.
 
The specialized heads of the hammer allow you to bend, indent, mark, shift, stretch and form a sheet of metal - producing precise bends and formations based on your needs.
 

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All things being said, we hope by this point you should be able to distinguish between different hammers based on their functions. Take a quick look through our collection of heavy-duty hammers and choose the models that you need to complete your jobs!
 
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Written by: Tracy Ng

 
 
References:
https://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/R/AE_rubber_mallet.html
https://www.diydata.com/tool/hammer/hammers.php
http://wiki.dtonline.org/index.php/Cross_Pein_Hammer#:~:text=Cross%20Pein%20Hammers%20(aka%20Peen,known%20as%20Warrington%20Pattern%20hammers.
https://www.thespruce.com/rubber-mallet-uses-1822687
https://www.stortz.com/how-to-choose-a-sheet-metal-hammer/

13 Jul 2021