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The Claw Hammer vs Framing Hammer Debate

Picking the right tool for the right job will mean less user fatigue and a more professional job when done. In the claw hammer vs framing hammer debate what you’re really asking is whether or not you need a full-on framing hammer to handle everyday applications. That answer is simpler than you might think.


Framing hammers come in a wide variety of configurations and sizes, but there are a few common things that make up a good framing hammer. In considering the claw hammer vs framing hammer question, what you want to be sure of is the weight of the hammer not being overbearing for your application. Framing hammers are usually heavier, starting with at least a 20 ounce head. They will also have a longer handle with a smooth—or more commonly—a waffle face on the head. The rough waffle face helps to ensure that the hammer head does not slip off the nail when it is being struck. Obviously you don’t want that if you’re trying to not make an impression on the material you’re hammering.

The hammer handle materials will vary from steel to wood to fiberglass and even some other materials. The heavier head helps to drive large nails quickly with fewer strikes. Look for a hammer that fits in your hand comfortably and which has a head weight that’s easy for you to handle (no pun intended). Also, the claw on a framing hammer is normally straight rather then curved. When it comes down to it, I recommend a more traditional hammer for those not doing actual framing work, but remember the golden rule: You can always buy two!


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