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1822 days ago

I am looking at getting a framing hammer for my birthday. I am ooking at the Stiletto Titanium line of framing hammers I am wondering is they a good choice, I know they cost money but they supposed to save your wrist and shoulders.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#1 posted 1822 days ago

Always remember to buy the best tool you can. It will save you lots of drama later.

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#2 posted 1822 days ago

If you have ever used a California Framer you would use nothing else! A great configuration of a hammer, has more control than any other that I have used and with the handle being a very close clone to an axe handle it is very strong…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 1822 days ago

Having gone the way of the pnuematics (I have and love the Hitachi HR90AE), I haven’t had to use a manual framing hammer in a while. The best ones that I recall where the Daluge or the Vaughns….I like and still have the Daluge even though it is a bit more pricey compared to the Vaughns….Both Daluge and Vaughns have a nice line of Titaniums…and you can get handles in wood, metal or fibreglass….either one of these makers were well made and balanced….Remember though that it is your swing that makes the hammer work…not the other way around…an expensive hammer will not replace good eye and good coordination…

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#4 posted 1822 days ago

I’m with Reggiek
I use nail guns. In my opinion I would get a decent hammer(not spendy) and save the big bucks for air tools

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1822 days ago

I say a framing hammer is like a side arm or underware. You have to choose one that fits you. I recommend handling and looking at everyone you can find to see what feels best and which you can best control. For example, I like a 28oz with a long hickory handle and a magnetic nail notch in the top of the hammer. Enjoy checking them out. Remember brand doesn’t matter, quality does.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#6 posted 1822 days ago

Vaughn wooden handle, about a 23 ounce or 28 if your in good shape. I swing one all day working in a truss plant a couple of days a week. The heavier the less swings it takes to drive a nail or move a board, but it can wear you out if you are not used to it.

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#7 posted 1822 days ago

I’ve agree Jim, but you still need a Hammer :)

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Kent Shepherd

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#8 posted 1822 days ago

Go for it. I have that hammer and it is absolutely awesome. I don’t do much framing but I would not trade it for anything now that I have used it. I also have a Senco framing gun, but last project I hand nailed because it was actually fun——I know, I’m nuts! I guess it’s like using hand planes when you own a jointer and planer—huh?
I also have the trim version. By the way, my lovely, wonderful, giving, caring, did I say awesome, wife gave them to me for Christmas 3 or 4 years ago.

That said, everyone else made a lot of sense too!

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#9 posted 1822 days ago

Ah my friend… A good question. A hammer is a carpenters best friend. I myself have a Stiletto 14oz framer with the straight hickory handle. I’ve used quite a few different hammers over the years including the Daluge hammer, which I like, but it just doesn’t compare to the Stiletto. I would definitely recommend it with its only one downfall being that the waffling seems to flatten out quicker than other hammers; however, it hasn’t affected the performance so that I have noticed. I think it would be hard to go back to the conventional steel hammers after using mine. My hands and arms appreciate it. If I were you I would get the Stiletto because no matter what or how many pneumatics you use, you are always going to need a good hammer.
Hope it helps.

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#10 posted 1822 days ago

i rock the 28 oz. estwing all day, this hammer is great and it will not break your wallet like a stiletto. just think about this, how mad are you going to be when that expensive stiletto falls off a two story roof.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#11 posted 1822 days ago

they are tooooooooooooooooo expensive if your going to use a hammer that much use a nail gun

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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Bill White

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#12 posted 1822 days ago

I can’t even imagine spending that much for a hammer. If I buy a framer, it will be an Estwing. Sometime reason has to prevail.


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#13 posted 1822 days ago

I agree with Roper, except back in my framing days we used a 32 oz. Estwings. 1 hit to set, one swing to drive the nail home, thats a 16 sinker. Makes for fast framing. Yes they were expensive but I haven’t framed in about 20 years and that hammer is as good as new. We used them for trim too. Once you wore off the waffle, or as we called them, the meat tenderizer. Nice hammer, really.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 1822 days ago

Can’t help you much Charles.
I’ve had my old hammer so long I can’t even remember where I got it, but I wouldn’t trade it for any new one.
I’m with Jim & rekkiek. Get a good but not pricey hammer & save up for a nice air powered nailer.

And Happy Birthday early!

-- Having fun...Eric

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#15 posted 1822 days ago

I think if were to ask framers in general, the heaviest hammer they carry is a 22oz. Since the Stiletto has a higher energy transfer, you can have a lighter hammer and save your arm. And the claws on the stiletto are the best I’ve ever used. Just some more thoughts.

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