One of the best gift I ever received while growing up was an Eastwing 22 oz. framing hammer.
Before this gift I had to use an old and worn out hand-me-down hammer with a wood handle held together with electrical tape. You could not hit anything with all your force, because there was the fear that the handle would shatter sending splinters through your hand. But with my new Eastwing, I could pound away at anything without the fear of damaging my hand or the hammer. Later in life we had an air powered nail gun that could sink a 16d nail into a 2x4 with just the pull of the trigger.
While on the UAS Freshman Resident Housing construction site this week, I saw two additional hammers that every tool collector should have:
First is a Bostich SF150C pneumatic nail gun:
This nail gun delivers 35.8 foot-pounds of energy and is capable of driving nails through metal studs. Just last week I was thinking how great the cordless screw gun was for connecting the metal studs. Well, with this new pneumatic nail gun, a guy can frame up almost twice the amount of metal studs as before. This is a good thing because with this new found “free time” the Contractor has been shoveling snow. They have framed up two floors of each Residence Hall and have two more to go. By the time classes start back up on January 13, all floors will be framed up and they will be setting roof trusses.
Second is a Hilti DX 860-ENP power actuated nail gun that would make Tim the Tool Man happy.
This thing is over 3-feet tall and weighs 28.3 pounds. It uses brass cartridges filled with gun powder to deliver 302.4 foot-pounds and can drive a nail through solid steel!
The Contractor was using this powerful nail gun to fasten down the metal pan deck to the structural I beams.
The photo below shows the top of the nail which has a metal collar to hold down the pan deck.
The photo below is taken from underneath the I beam where you can see the point of the nail sticking out of the top of the steel beam. The extreme force of the nail being driven through the steel creates a lot of friction that heats up the steel immediately around the nail. This is why the frost is melted away from around the nail penetration.
Now what are the chances that I can convince Santa Clause that I just gotta have the ultimate nail gun for Christmas..