One of the most common hand tools in a household, hammers are designed to deliver high force on a small area. They are mostly used for driving nails, breaking objects and forging metal. A hammer is usually made of a long wooden stick, attached to a block of metal. The metal head of the hammer can in various shapes, each meant for a specific purpose.
Here we discuss the pros and cons of ball peen hammer vs. claw hammer.
Ball Peen Hammer
The head of the ball peen hammer has two faces, one is rounded and semi-spherical and the other is flat. It is also known as a machinist’s hammer. They are a must-have in the metalworking industry, especially for DIY metalworkers and jewellery makers.
These hammers are mostly used for manual metal fabrication, to set rivets and drive cold chisels. The ball peen hammer is meant for striking and shaping metal materials. It helps to bend, shape and soften metal. The ball-shaped rounded end of the hammer is effective in shaping metal without leaving hammer marks. It is used to give a desired shape and form to the metal being worked upon. Ball peen hammers are useful for doing manual jobs in the metal manufacturing industry.
This hammer is also used for hitting chisels and punches. It helps to manually set rivets into metal. They are also useful in shaping, flattening or removing dents in various metals.
The flat end of a ball peen hammer is mostly made of tempered steel or high carbon alloy. This ensures the head is strong enough to work with hard metals. The rounded part is often made of softer materials such as brass or even plastic. This is to minimize any potential damage to the metal surface while it is being shaped or softened.
The claw hammer also comes with a double-ended hammer head featuring a pointed claw on one end and a flat end on the other. It is also called the carpenter’s hammer.
The flat end of the hammer is useful for tapping in nails and manipulating chisels. The pointed claw can be used to pull out nails form any hard surface, or even to pull up wooden floorboards. Claw hammers are quite helpful with woodworking tasks. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
The large-sized hammers are known as framing hammers. The claw is more flat than pointed, which makes it easier to extract nails thanks to the added leverage. Due to the large size, these hammers require fewer strokes when being used to hammer in nails. The flat end is often checkered so that even when a nail is not hit straight on, the checkered grid will still catch the nail. This way, the hammer is less likely to slide off the head of the nail.
Small-sized hammers provide more agility. They are used for delicate carpentry jobs. For the average household repairs and DIY projects, a 16 oz hammer is a good enough size.
So in conclusion, a ball peen hammer has primary usage in the metal working industry. The claw hammer is more suited for household jobs.