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Forum topic by JCamp posted 08-11-2017 11:28 PM 463 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JCamp

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08-11-2017 11:28 PM

Title says it pretty good although im sure more expensive foreign tools will hold up better. About a month ago I rescued a old no name ball peen hammer from a junk bin at a pawn shop for 80cents. It gave off a Chinese vibe since it was a no name and just didn’t look like quality metal but I figured it would b fine no more that I wouldn’t use it. I cleaned it all up and put a new used handle on it An proceeded to go to town enjoying my new hammer. Well today I was using it nailing some trim above my head when I seen something fly by my face and heard a thud on the floor. Took me a good 30seconds to realize that my hammer had gave up the ghost Thankfully I was not hurt just disappointed. Almost a year ago I had another cheap new hammer sent a sliver of its face flying across my workshop Might just be me but since I’ve had such poor luck with the foreign hammers I’m calling it quits with them. Looking now on eBay for a couple old American made ones that need some love

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#1 posted 08-11-2017 11:33 PM

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#2 posted 08-11-2017 11:34 PM

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#3 posted 08-11-2017 11:43 PM

Lucky break (no pun intended). That could have hurt — or worse.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#4 posted 08-11-2017 11:55 PM

That’s the same way my hatchet broke a while back. Glad you didn’t get hurt, but don’t ever offer to repair a hammer for me!

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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#5 posted 08-12-2017 12:24 AM

A lot of years ago when in construction I bought a package of Altrade brand with 3 types of pliers from Costco. One of the pair were type iron workers use when they are tying rebar mats. After about 2 hrs of work one of the jaws just broke in to and fell off when I wast cutting a single piece of tie wire.

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#6 posted 08-12-2017 12:54 AM

Yeah it could hav been real bad Thankfully no one else was around to get hurt.
Papadan I remembered that when I seen how it had split. And I won’t rehandle any for u. Just send me some that u can later give to the ppl that u don’t lik. Lol

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#7 posted 08-12-2017 12:57 AM

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#8 posted 08-12-2017 01:06 AM

Cast hammer = no good

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#9 posted 08-12-2017 02:44 AM

Gave this MATCO hammer new life with a new handle…..

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 08-12-2017 02:57 AM

I’ve never regretted buying a quality tool but I have regretted not buying one sooner. Get yourself a US made solid steel Estwing, about $20 at any big box store.
http://www.estwing.com/nail_hammers.php

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#11 posted 08-12-2017 03:05 AM

The overall finish is a good indicator of the quality.
Dont start me on pliers!!

-- Regards Robert

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#12 posted 08-12-2017 12:42 PM

Wow!

I’ve never seen anything like that.

Biltinbkyn nailed it. (no pun intended) A hammer should be forged, not cast. Anybody making a cast hammer is less than honorable.

Mark

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#13 posted 08-12-2017 01:20 PM

I agree that a hammer should be forged. The pictures are a little blurry and how can anyone tell it is cast. A forged piece can fracture and look like that.

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#14 posted 08-12-2017 02:33 PM

This is about quality, not about nationality.
You apparently have no real idea where this cheap hammer was made.
Would you say the same about tools made in Germany? England? France?
There is lots of cheap crap made in USA as well.

What you need to do is develop an eye for quality. .... just my opinion of course.

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#15 posted 08-12-2017 02:35 PM

Camp, I can’t believe it took you 30 seconds to realize your hammer broke. ....Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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