The hammer is consistently listed as one of the essential power tools that every DIYer have. Like other types of tools, hammers are manufactured in several shapes, and they are suitable for different kinds of tasks. If you are a beginner, you do not have to master every type of hammer. However, it would be best if you got to know some common hammer shapes on the market in order to choose the right one. This article will introduce to you four common types of hammers that are being sold at the SIDSDIY Store, the differences between them and their uses.
1. Claw hammer
The claw hammer is definitely the most famous hammer globally as its versatility can help us in a wide range of tasks. A claw hammer’s head can be divided into two parts: the surface and the claw part. The claw part is curved down and split in the middle to form its “claw” shape. While the surface of the head can be used to apply force into nails, the claw is specially designed to pull the nails off the material.
A claw hammer is produced mainly for woodworks as it has lightweight and small in size. This makes the claw hammer is not so powerful to be used on a more rigid surface such as hard rocks or metals.
2. Lump hammer
The lump hammer is a type of sledgehammer. A sledgehammer is a hammer with an extensive and flat-surface metal head and a long handle. This structure allows the user to perform a much stronger swing and apply a much more considerable amount of force than the claw hammer. This is because a sledgehammer is used to break things instead of driving and removing nails.
Because a sledgehammer is heavy, it’s hard for people to use it with one hand. As a result, the lump hammer, a smaller and lighter clone of the sledgehammer, is invented. It is produced to drive nails and drive chisel to cut hard materials such as metals and rocks.
Lump hammer is the best friend of builders, as it is the best hammer for demolition works. However, you should wear proper safety clothes and glasses, or the flying debris will injure you.
3. Pin hammer
Also called the “cross and straight pein” hammer or cross pein pin hammer, the pin hammer is a versatile hammer that can perform well in a vast range of work. While We can use a big pin hammer to shape and bend metals, a smaller one is more suitable for woodworks.
The head of a pin hammer is divided into a hammer part and a cross or pein on the opposite side. This design makes the pin hammer the most suitable hammer to drive tiny-size nails, as bigger and heavier types of hammers can harm the user’s hand seriously, and their power can break the nails. The small head size also enhances and amplifies the amount of force, so a big-size pin hammer can be used to shape metals.
4. Roofing hammer
The shape of a roofing hammer is almost similar to a claw hammer, except that the “claw” part is not used for removing nails but for lifting and breaking shingles. A roofing hammer is specialized for roofing works, so it can outperform any other hammer when being on the roof. It can help you to cut, place and nail shingles.
Like every hammer, the roofing hammer is also being replaced by electrical nails gun. The latter can reduce the working time; it is more comfortable and much lighter. However, the roofing hammer is far from being replaced because hand nailing is better for accuracy and good shingle placement.