How to Choose The Best Sledge Hammer
Before you consider purchasing a sledge hammer do take a moment to review their main characteristics and features.
A sledge hammer is a great heavy-duty tool that relies on good construction materials to get the job done. Most sledge hammers have a head made from forged or drop-forged steel to make the tool really robust and durable. In addition, some sledge hammers have a powder coating to resist rust and corrosion and reduce the risk of sparking.
You have two main options when it comes to your sledge hammer handle: fibreglass or hardwood.
High-quality fibreglass is durable and resistant to damage and rotting. Its flexibility is similar to that of wood, which means it provides some shock absorption quality too. This type of shaft usually includes a soft-grip handle which offers great grip and is comfortable to use. The soft-grip handle also helps with shock absorption.
As stated wooden shafts are flexible and provide great shock absorption. They also feel good in the hand, are grippy and look nice. Wood requires a little more care than fibreglass so you should remember to clean and dry the sledge hammer after use. It is also worth treating it regularly to protect it from the elements.
If you care for your wooden-handled sledge hammer it will last for years. However, if you tend to neglect your tools, then a fibreglass handle might be more suitable.
Sledge hammers come in a range of weights suitable for different tasks. The most common are 7, 10, and 14 lbs. You can also buy a mini sledge hammer that has a 4 lb head and a shorter handle, that’s great in more confined spaces.
When choosing a sledge hammer you will need to consider tasks in hand as well as your strength and confidence in using the tool. Clearly, you should select a heavier weight if you are strong and experienced and have tougher demolition jobs to perform. For those with less strength and experience then a 7 or 10 lb sledge hammer might be a better choice. It will still get the job done, though it may take a little more time.
For smaller jobs then a small sledge hammer like the Roughneck Mini Sledge Hammer will be adequate and if you are working in confined spaces then a mini sledge hammer would make a perfect choice.
A heavy sledge hammer does take some strength to use. However, it is the long swinging range and heavy head that give the sledge hammer its force and impact.
This makes sledge hammers ideal for tasks such as demolition. They can be used to turn walls to rubble in minutes or to break up old concrete footings, foundations and features.
Sledge hammers are also the perfect tool to drive stakes or Metposts into the ground. They can also be used alongside wedges to split large pieces of wood, perhaps for your log burner.