|Review by christopheralan||posted 02-08-2011 02:56 AM||3345 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
This scary looking thing is the Dead On 18-Inch Annihilator Utility and Wrecking Bar. It is used for demolition and general purposes. It is kind of a Swiss Army Knife of hammers with many uses: Hammer, Nail Puller, Board Straightener Drywall Demolition Axe, Wrench, Tile Puller/Ripper, Wire Stripper, and Bottle Opener. It weighs in at almost 4 pounds.
Besides intimidating innocent 2×4’s and drywall, this hammer is great. I have used it for day-to-day woodwork and for building heavy-duty items for use by Marines. It is balanced relatively well and provides tons of leverage for driving large caliber nails and for pulling stuck fasteners. The claw works as well as any other hammer and has a drywall axe and wire stripper directly below it. The combination wrench/nail puller/spike is very effective for pulling fasteners as long as you don’t mind damage to your work piece. The spike will dig in and cause some major damage when pulling a nail, but keep in mind that this thing was designed for destruction.
The bottle opener is located directly under the face of the hammer and is totally unnecessary and gratuitous, therefore I love it. I mean, what is cooler than opening a beer with a demolition hammer tagged with skulls?
What would I change? The handle needs work. It has a plastic grip with Dead On printed on it, but it has no contour. I can honestly say that it has never slipped, but something closer to the Stanly Fubar Handle would be ideal.
Overall, I love this thing. I wouldn’t use it for delicate work, crown moldings, or tiny finish nails. That isn’t what it is designed for. But for day to day carpentry and a lot of my woodworking, it is my go to hammer. It has earned a place in my tool belt, and I expect to be using it well into the future.
Product Link: http://www.deadonstore.com/index.html
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