At Estwing, safety is our top priority.

When using any Estwing tool, always wear safety goggles. Bystanders should also wear safety goggles.

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OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.133 requires the use of eye protection not only for workers using striking tools, but for workers in the immediate working area. Similar requirements are contained in OSHA Construction Standard 29 CFR 1926.102. The Mine Safety and Health Administration requires eye protection in the mining environment 30CFR 55.14-4, 30 CFR 56-15-4, 30 CFR 57-15-4, 30 DFR 75.1720 (a) an d30 CFR 77.1710 (a).

Always Use The Correct Tool for The Job

  • Nail Hammers are for driving and withdrawing common nails only.
  • Drilling Hammers are intended to be used for striking chisels, punches, star drills and hardened nails.
  • Ball Peen Hammers are used for riveting, shaping and straightening unhardened metals.
  • Drywall Hammers are to be used for scoring and installing drywall.
  • Shingler’s Hatchets are to be used for installing and trimming composition, wood and fiberglass shingles.
  • Bricklayer Hammers are used for setting or splitting bricks.
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Proper tool usage is key

  • Never strike a hammer or any striking tool against another tool or hardened object.
  • Always avoid glancing blows and over and under strikes.
  • When striking another tool (chisel, punch, wedge, etc.), the striking face of the proper hammer should have a diameter approximately 3/8″ larger than the struck face of the tool. A soft face or drilling hammer is recommended. Never use a nail hammer to strike another tool.
  • Always use a hammer of suitable size and weight for the job.

discard tool if any of the following occur

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Chips or dents on face

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Mushroom face

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Crack in claw section

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Dent in hammer handle

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Product Care

Estwing tools are legendary for their life expectancy and are commonly passed down from generation to generation. But this doesn’t come without proper care, which can extend the life of Estwing tools even further.

Tips for Maximizing Product Life and Performance

  • Keep your tools clean and free of debris and chemicals. Wipe down after use if dirty, greasy or wet before storing.
  • Store tools in a clean, dry location to prevent damage from moisture or abrasion from other tools.
  • Inspect tools for damage or over-use. Pay attention to head, body and grip.