Searching for the perfect hammer strike
At Hultafors we are on a constant search for finding the perfect hammer strike. Perfect from the ergonomic perspective. To succeed we mix our experience with the experience from professionals. We also use modern techniques to investigate the force of the strike even further.
Humans have been utilising the force of striking since the stone age and the hammer as a concept was one of the first tools developed. Still today, the hammer is one of the most common hand tools and the force in the strike continues to challenge us.
A carpenter can strike his or her hammer for several hours per day. Such a repetitive motion is of course causing strains on the body and can in a worst-case scenario lead to a shorter career and a life full of pain.
Not all vibrations are good
We know that vibrations are causing damage in the long run and that those damages are one of the most common causes for sick leave within building and construction. This is one of the reasons why we want to help professional users find the best technique and type of hammer; for a long and healthy work life.
How the striking force affects us
When we swing a hammer we use all kinds of muscle groups, all the way from the shoulder to the hand. Overload and working during too long sessions is the most common scenarios for wear damage in the shoulders, elbows and wrists. Damage caused by vibrations can also cause damage to the nerve system resulting in tingling, numbness and less grip strength.
Go for a lighter hammer
By keeping the total weight of the hammer to a minimum and adjusting the size and shape of the handle, the risk of strain injuries can be reduced. Because a light hammer can be swung faster than a heavy one, it puts less strain on the body without compromising work efficiency. To protect your body, it is therefore a good idea to use a light-weighted hammer as often as possible.