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Old 02-20-2021, 07:23 PM
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For about the last 20+ yrs, I’ve used nothing but compothane/urethane hammers, either soft dead blows or ball pein hammers. I probably own somewhere close to 75 hammers and not a single wooden handled one in the inventory. Earlier this week, during a 24” diameter stack damper build, I whacked a center punch, and the compothane/urethane covering started to fall off. I switched hammers and finished the job. I then super glued the pieces back onto the metal frame.

Early compothane/urethane hammers had a chemical problem, which lead to cracking, oil oozing out of the covering and severe flacking. Snap-On, Stanley and a few other companies, got involved in a lawsuit, that lead to a very liberal warranty return program. Unfortunately, my hammer has been severely abused, welding scars, melted grooves in coating and other numerous battle scars. I in good conscience, would not even try to claim warranty replacement, based on my abuse.

Earlier today, I started looking for a replacement hammer, I went to Trusty-Cook, to get a price quote. After about 20 minutes, I ended up ordering a 4 piece set a 26 oz, 32 oz, 47 oz and a 50 oz, set of metal faced ball pein



https://trustycook.com/product/ball-peen-hammer-4pack/
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Old 02-20-2021, 07:43 PM
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Never heard of the outfit before Jack. But, that looks like a sweet set of hammers.
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:28 PM
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OK , Jack I do have a question. Compothane /Urethane to reduce punishment on your body or do you feel it gives you more control or some other factor?
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OK , Jack I do have a question. Compothane /Urethane to reduce punishment on your body or do you feel it gives you more control or some other factor?
Dramatically less rebound, better control, a lighter hammer, works like a heavier hammer, better on my surgical repaired shoulder.
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Old 02-20-2021, 10:07 PM
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Dramatically less rebound, better control, a lighter hammer, works like a heavier hammer, better on my surgical repaired shoulder.
Thanks for the reply Jack. I suspected you had good hard earned reasons for your choice.
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For about the last 20+ yrs, I’ve used nothing but compothane/urethane hammers, either soft dead blows or ball pein hammers. I probably own somewhere close to 75 hammers and not a single wooden handled one in the inventory. Earlier this week, during a 24” diameter stack damper build, I whacked a center punch, and the compothane/urethane covering started to fall off. I switched hammers and finished the job. I then super glued the pieces back onto the metal frame.

Early compothane/urethane hammers had a chemical problem, which lead to cracking, oil oozing out of the covering and severe flacking. Snap-On, Stanley and a few other companies, got involved in a lawsuit, that lead to a very liberal warranty return program. Unfortunately, my hammer has been severely abused, welding scars, melted grooves in coating and other numerous battle scars. I in good conscience, would not even try to claim warranty replacement, based on my abuse.

Earlier today, I started looking for a replacement hammer, I went to Trusty-Cook, to get a price quote. After about 20 minutes, I ended up ordering a 4 piece set a 26 oz, 32 oz, 47 oz and a 50 oz, set of metal faced ball pein



https://trustycook.com/product/ball-peen-hammer-4pack/
I had a hammer that shed it's outer skin years ago. I never knew there was a warranty replacement, but then again I did not pay for the hammer in the first place.
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The other advantage is, as Jack mentioned, rarely do they suffer from handle failure. A lot of my wooden handled hammers, tight for years in Onterrible, now have loose heads due to the wood shrinking in the drier air here in Alberta.


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The other advantage is, as Jack mentioned, rarely do they suffer from handle failure. A lot of my wooden handled hammers, tight for years in Onterrible, now have loose heads due to the wood shrinking in the drier air here in Alberta.


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It can go from no humidity in the winter here, to hazy humidity in summer in the Ohio valley. Hammers do get loose here, so I dropped a couple sledges in a pan of used anti-freeze one day. The ethylene glycol doesn't evaporate quite like water does, heads stay tight after a days soak in a pan.
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Old 02-21-2021, 05:10 PM
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Pure glycerin will lock them down for a long time . Just soak the heads in a bucket .
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Old 02-21-2021, 05:36 PM
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Nice hammer Jack, nice thread guys, I learned allot !
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