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Hammers and elbows

Posted by Bruce M on January 4th, 1998 10:51 PM
In reply to Tired old elbow by 14-0 on January 4th, 1998 08:18 PM [Go to top of thread]

Hi 14-0 (did you have a good football season or something???:-)

My dad, who started life as a framer then to a carpenter then to a contractor, swung a hammer the better part of his adult life. He went from a 22 and 28oz Vaughn to a 22 oz steel stanley then back to the wooden handled Vaughn's. The reason: tendonitis in his elbow, probably not unlike yours. He firmly believes that the steel (and to a lesser extent, fiberglas) handles give very little on impact of the hammer's head, thus transmitting the shock energy up your arm.

My brother ( a carpenter) and I swing all 3 types of hammers without problems (yet!), but then we don't do it as much as our dad, and with pneumatics, we're doing it a lot less.

I'd recommend you stay with the longer wooden handles.


Bruce M

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