How to Choose the Most Suitable Hammer

How to Choose the Most Suitable Hammer

Sometimes it can be difficult to know which type of hammer you need for your project. There are many different varieties of hammers, generally consisting of a heavy head with one or more striking surfaces, but it’s not always so obvious as to what sets them all apart from one another, or whether their different shapes and weights will help or hinder you in your task.

Heamar sell a number of different varieties of hammers; in this post we will give you a handy guide to each product, so you can be sure to pick the best hammer for you and your own individual needs.


Rubber Composition Hammer

rubber composition hammer

Part No: 70140001

Uses: These hammers are used when a softer blow is needed than that delivered by a metal hammer. They are typically used to form sheet metal since they do not leave marks and are less likely to make a dent. They are also used for forcing tight-fitting parts together, in upholstery work and a variety of other general purposes.

Notable Features: Made of a hard rubber to give a softened strike and are less likely to make a dent. They have a plain flat face on either end.


Plastic Tip Hammer

plastic tip hammer

Part No: 70160027

Uses: This hammer is ideal for bending metal, wood, plastic or composite when you don’t want to dent or scratch the surface. It is handy for work that needs to be done gently.

Notable Features: These hammers feature interchangeable heads which gives the user the advantage of being able to swap for harder or softer heads.


Nylon Tip Hammer

nylon tip hammer

Part No: 70171027

Uses: Like the plastic tip hammer, this variety of hammer is ideal for light and medium blows on soft or thin materials and polished works. It is suitable for craftworkers, assemblers and model makers.

Notable Features: This type of hammer has a balanced metal head with interchangeable ends that can be replaced when worn out.


Plastic Hammer

plastic hammer

Part No: 70160027

Uses: This type of hammer is used as a multi-purpose striking tool in most assembly applications including, engineering, furniture making and injection moulding operations.

Notable Features: The hollow head is partially filled with steel shot which adds to the weight and prevents recoil. It also features interchangeable heads made of medium-hard polyurethane.

Embossing Hammer

embossing hammer

Part No: 70240040

Uses: Embossing hammers, as their name suggests, are designed for creating intricate embossing and are an ideal tool for precise metalwork and silversmithing.

Notable Features: The hammer head is an aluminium cylinder and it features an ergonomic hickory handle for added comfort when hammering.


Engineers Hammer

engineers hammer

Part number: 70120001

Uses: These types of hammers are used to work a metal surface. They are used for shaping sheet steel, hammering out dents, rounding off rivets and striking steel chisels and punches.

Notable Features: Made of a hard steel so are less likely to chip.


Dinging Hammer

dinging hammer

Part No: 70130002

Uses: The primary use of this type of hammer is as a car body repair tool for hammering out dents.

Notable Features: They feature two round faces, one slightly larger than the other.


Planishing Hammer

planishing hammer

Part No: 70130003

Uses: This type of hammer is used for planishing, a metalworking technique which involves finishing the surface by finely shaping and smoothing sheet metal.

Notable Features: They have highly polished striking heads, with one square and one round face.


Pecking Hammer

pecking hammer

Part No: 70130008

Uses: As the name suggests, this type of hammer is used for ‘pecking’ at metals to shape them using both ends of the hammer.

Notable Features: There are several different varieties of this type of hammer; the most popular has one wide flat circular head and one chisel shaped head.


Planishing and Grooving Hammer

planishing and grooving hammer

Part No: 70130012

Uses: These hammers are generally used to make sharp, straight fullered lines on items.

Notable Features: They feature one highly polished flat round-faced striking head and one pointed rectangular head.

To find out which pliers may be best suited to you compliment your hammer, read our handy guide here or here to find out about the different types of screwdrivers

If you need any more help or advice on our range of hammers, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via live chat or through our contact page

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