Hitting Harder With Stanley Tool's Hi Velocity Hammers


Hammers are arguably the quintessential tool. Eveyone needs a hammer, from DIYers to housewives to home builders.

And much like their powered equivalents, hammers have gone through a period of evolution and innovation.

Stanley tools have recently taken a close look at the hammer market, their own contributions included, and have decided to improve things.

Right away, if you're a framer or have to use a hammer above shoulder height for any length of time, you're going to want to know about this.

You see, Stanley are claiming that with their new FatMax Xtreme Hi Velocity hammers, you can pack the sort of punch you'd only be able to achieve with a much heavier, unwieldy hammer.

In simple terms, they say that their new 14oz hammer will provide you with the same force of strike as a 20oz hammer. And their 15oz will give you the same hit as a 24oz hammer.

How does it work and why should you care?

Quite simply the principle is F=m x a.

Got that?

Basically, the force with which you're able to hit a nail is determined by the mass of your hammer multipled by the accelaration of the hammer. So, the faster you can move your hammer through the air, the greater the mass hitting the head of the nail.And the greater the mass hitting the nail, the harder the impact.

And, of course, the harder the impact, the quicker the nail gets bashed into your workpiece.

Therefore, Stanley are claiming that these new FatMax Xtreme hammers are going to help you get the job done quicker, while allowing you to work harder, for longer.

Arm, elbow, tendon and muscle fatigue are all too common ailments of tradespeople using hammers all day. Having a lighter hammer in your kit that provides you with bigger hitting power is going to be a big help to many of you. Especially when the lightness of the hammer doesn't mean more strikes to bash in the nail...

The lighter weight of the hammer also means more control. As you swing it faster through the air, you'll have it under much more control.

That means less mashed thumbs.

Plus, these hammers have magnetic nail starts fitted, so you don't even need to hold the nail in place before taking that first swing.

Who's going to benefit from these new hammers?

Anyone using a hammer for longer periods of time. Simple as that.

We're impressed by Stanley Tool's innovation, but we'd love to know what you think.

Check out our video demo on Toolstop TV and let us know your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter using #DIYTradetips. And we've got some photos of the hammers on Google+, just click here.



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