I’ve been reading FHB for sometime now, but I’m new to this forum, so I apologize in advance if this question has been asked already. I’m not a full time tradesman, but I do a lot of remodeling on my own house and sometimes help friends. I need advice on the types of hammers I need. I have used a variety of hammers for framing and trim, and have broken several wooden handles pulling larger nails. I bought a 28oz Estwing (milled face) thinking it would be best for driving framing nails. It works great and I think it would be impossible to break the handle. It seems to be too heavy though. I think I only need two hammers for what I do, a lighter smooth faced hammer for trim and woodworking, and a heavier milled face for rough carpentry work.
In reading internet articles some say wood handles are best at absorbing shock, obviously steel handles are stronger. Some say that 28oz is too heavy for most people, and 20-22oz is enough. I do like the milled face as it seems to glance off much less. And the steel handles won’t come loose or break.
So if you can understand my babbling, what hammers should I get? What weight head is appropriate for my needs? What handle material is best? What brands should I consider? I’ve looked at Estwings, Vaughans, Craftsman, they all seem okay. I’ve even seen decent looking hammers at Harbor Freight for cheap, anyone use these?
Any advice would be appreciated, thank you!