Best Hammer Upgrades

Hammers aren’t just a just a stick and a chunk of metal anymore. Check out this story for a bunch of ways you can upgrade your hammer.

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Hammer upgrades

Side puller

In the old days, the best way to get the most leverage when pulling a stubborn nail was to wedge the nail between the claws and pull the hammer sideways. Now most manufacturers have at least a few models with a built-in side puller. The first ones to hit the market were kind of clunky, but now many are hardly noticeable.

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Hammer accessories

Magnet nail holder

Magnetic nail holders are a great way to start nails that can’t be reached with two hands, or for when you only have one hand available because the other is holding on to a ladder or scaffolding.

Hammers with replaceable and interchangeable parts | Construction Pro Tips

Hammer upgrades 


Some manufacturers offer replaceable or interchangeable parts like handle grips, hammer faces, and even the hammer heads themselves. Martinez

“I love the Martinez M1. I’m a framer who also hangs siding and installs exterior trim, windows and doors my projects. I use both the smooth and milled heads on my M1. That way I don’t need multiple hammers for different purposes, and swapping the heads takes less than five minutes. Plus, I can swing that titanium all day without any elbow issues.” –Pádraig (Podge) Maloney

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Hammer upgrades

Adjustable claw

Here’s one for you demo guys. The claw on this hammer is adjustable, so you can pull nails with more leverage or get into those hard-to-reach areas. Crescent

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