Different Types of Hammers and What They are Used For

By on January 29, 2016

Different Types of Hammer and What They are Used For

There’s a stunning variety of different types of hammers that are available. Which one you should use depends on the material that you’re hitting and what you are hitting it for. These are the most common types of hammers that individuals use today, both for DIY and in the trade:

Claw Hammer

Claw Hammers are the most common kind of hammer and presumably the one that strikes a chord when a great many people consider a hammer. They are exceptionally flexible and can be used for a considerable number occupations so are a flat out must for any apparatus pack. The most common weights are from 16 to 24 ounces.  These are the best framing hammers your can buy.

The claw is used as a lever; it by and large has a score which is used to lever out nails from timber. The claw is embedded under the leader of the nail with the goal that it gets – this can take a bit of wiggling about. The nail is then levered out by pulling back on the handle and using the bend of the claw as the support. The claw can be used to lever different things, for example, floorboards, yet over the top use can put strain on the join between the head and handle, so check this consistently.

Cross and Straight Pein, Warrington or Joiners Hammers

These are different hammers with a variety of uses which are resolved to a great extent by the weight and quality of the head. They all have a similar shaped head with a cross or straight pein (likewise spelled “Peen”) on the inverse side of the head to the Bell (or Poll).

Warrington, Joiners and Cross Pein Pin Hammers are all principally used for carpentry. The cross pein is used to begin off the tack or nail. On the off chance that you hold a small nail or tack in you fingers it can be hard to hit the leader of the nail without hitting your fingers.

The cross pein permits you to tender tap the nail between your fingers without striking a finger or thumb. The pein can be at right points to the handle (straight pein) or parallel to it (cross pein), yet most commonly you will see the cross pein as this is most useful for beginning off tacks and small nails.

Ball Pein

These types of hammers are now and again called engineers or mechanics hammers. They have a rounded, consequently ″ball″, pein which is used for shaping metal, shutting bolts and rounding edges off metal pins and latches.

Peening, a metal creation procedure, is minimal used nowadays, and included solidifying a metal surface with rehashed sway. This was generally done by the level face of the hammer, actually.

16 oz Ball Pein Hammer

Ball pein types of hammers range from 4 oz – 2 lb. (55 – 1100g), in spite of the fact that the dominant part are in the locale of 8 – 12oz (110 – 165g). The handles are customarily wood, usually Ash or Hickory, albeit cutting edge materials are presently used as they stifle the vibration well.

Club or Lump Hammer

This is used for hitting icy etches to break stone work or basically to bash things up like a little sledge hammer.

3 lb Club Hammer

They are usually twofold confronted and have a wood or pitch handle. 2-3 lb is the run of the mill weight, in spite of the fact that they can weight as much as 4 1/2 lbs. These are an essential instrument for a developer and will be used all through a building site.

Sledge Hammer

These are similar types of hammers to a club hammer, aside from they have a more drawn out handle and have a tendency to be a little heavier (3-14 lbs).

They are used for separating brick work, stones and concrete. They are likewise useful for driving in stakes. Genuine power can be conveyed by swinging the hammer like a hatchet; the more drawn out handle will give tremendous force and hitting power when joined with the heaviness of the head.

A variety is a Deadblow Hammer. This is another hammer for minimizing harm to the surface while designed to convey the most extreme power on effect. They for the most part work by having an inner depression loaded with steel or lead shot. This levels out the power of the effect in the blow, empowering an all the more powerful hit to be conveyed without danger of harming the objective as lessens bounce back when strike is made; the leader of the hammer remains focused surface start hit.


A mallet is a wooden piece on a handle. It is used to hit and drive an etch, thump in dowels or to tap wooden joints together. This is a crucial instrument for a joiner or carpenter.

Carpenters Mallet

They are normally made of beech (a hardwood) and are used where a metal hammer may do harm to the piece or venture being chipped away at or alternate tools, for example, the etch.

By and large the head will be somewhat decreased to guarantee right contact with the piece being taken a shot at.

  • Aluminum Hammers – These are soft confronted hammers that are used for trim metal without harming the surface being formed.
  • Blocking Hammers – Used for shaping metal on a piece or iron block.
  • Copper and Hide Hammers – This hammer’s head has copper toward one side and rawhide at the other. It is used for shaping metal when you don’t need hammer blemishes on it, for example, on auto bodywork.
  • Geologist Pick Hammers – This is a small, spiked pick hatchet for thumping sections of rock. On the flip side of the head is a level face for separating small shakes. Other than geologists searching for fossils, brick layers in some cases these hammers to select old brickwork joints.
  • Slat Hammers – Hammer with a small hatchet toward one side for cutting and nailing strips for mortar.
  • Planishing Hammer – This is a metal working hammer, used to smooth out hammered metal which still has the hammer blemishes on it from forming the shape.
  • Roofers and Slaters Hammers – This hammer is used by roofers. It has a spike toward one side for putting nail openings in slates. At the flip side is a hammer to thump in the nails which hold the slates to the roofing secures. In the center it regularly has a claw for pulling (evacuating) nails.
  • Tack and Upholstery Hammers – These hammers regularly have one polarized or opened head for beginning off upholstery tacks, and after that you can change round to ordinary head to complete the nail off. Both appearances on the head are small and sensitive.
  • Brick and Mortar Hammers – These hammers used by builders once in a while have an etch (pein) on both finishes, or now and then they can have a hammer one end and etch the other. Ordinarily they are used for breaking bricks perfectly.
  • Drywall Hammers – A dry wall hammer will have a small hatchet toward one side of the head and a hammer face on other. Hatchet is used for cutting plasterboard for funnels and making different gaps or opening in the plasterboard. Now and then they have an attractive head for finding studs with screws/nails in, which can be extremely useful. Customarily a slat hammer would have been used yet now plasterboard is used there is no compelling reason to a strip hammer aside from in more established structures.
  • Rubber and Soft Hammers – These are hammers that are used like mallets and are designed not to harm the surface which you are bashing, though walls, timber, etches and so forth. The can have compatible, shaped confronts which are useful for woodwork, facilitating tight entryways/windows trim fitting including chrome and rubber surrounds or for light get together work – thumping things into spot.
  • Rubber hammers with a variety of shaped countenances
  • Sprig or Framing Hammer – This is used by picture outline producers.
  • Power Hammers – Nail Guns

These are power tools that drive in nails, tacks and staples, and are often called Nail Guns. They can be electric or powered pneumatically or by gas. They are designed to diminish the diligent work where there are a great deal of nails to be hit home, for example, when fitting floorboards.

About Joseph Strawbridge

Joe comes to us from the great the beehive state where he lives with his wife and 3 kids. For those of us that aren’t from Utah, that is the nickname for the state of Utah, which is pinned between Colorado and Nevada. He likes to say that he is good at everything but great at nothing. A professional blogger by trade, Joe is retired from the United States Army after 25 years of service. He has traveled the world and made stops in just about every country on Earth between his 7 duty stations and 3 deployments. He now sits at home and relaxes while taking care of his family, while doing some blogging on the side. He joined the team after responding to our original search for some talented writers. He writes a few articles a month for us and loves to hear what people have to say about his articles. Don’t be afraid to ask him a question, he will be happy to answer. Joe has a limited amount of experience with using tools in home repair and working in the back yard. He has that large garage that everyone wants but admittedly doesn’t take full advantage of it. Unless he is fixing something that broke in his house, he doesn’t spend much time in there at all. He started writing for us so that he could learn more about the tools he is using, instead of just buying what everyone else seems to be buying. He is specifically interested in writing about the tools that everyone has in their house. Check out some of the articles he wrote and let him know what you think!

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