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Old 06-04-2006, 07:25 PM   #1
Shawn Casey
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I'm looking for a heavier hammer. I have a 10 pounder and I'm ready for some serious hammer training. Torque Athletic hammers are a bit rich for my blood. Mcmaster-Carr has a 20 pounder that I'm looking at. Anybody have any helpful hookups or a DIY hammer it would be greatly aprreciated. I was also contemplating a way to throw some extra weight on the one I already have but the light bulb hasn't came on yet. Maybe wrapping some chain close to the head?! What do you think?

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Old 06-05-2006, 05:00 AM   #2
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I have an idea for you

If you know a welder (on base) you could have him(or her) make you a hammer head out of 4"-6" pipe/tubing by capping the ends. Weld on a steel pipe handle of the desired diameter and put a pipe plug in the side of the head. Then you can fill it with lead shot for the desired weight.

This is known as a dead blow hammer. Very little bounce after striking the object. You could probably do this for pretty cheap.

I am sure if you visit the motor pool or mechanical guys on base they could hook you up for a case of beer and the cost of the metal (if they didn't already have scrap you could use)
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Old 06-05-2006, 07:58 AM   #3
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Shawn, check with John Wood at http://www.functionalhandstrength.com/index.html
This guy is a very good resource.
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Old 06-05-2006, 02:21 PM   #4
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Another good one to check with is Smitty at
http://www.dieselcrew.com/
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Old 06-05-2006, 07:55 PM   #5
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Thanks guys.
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Old 06-05-2006, 08:52 PM   #6
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I'm not sure, but I think you can get heavier ones at Home Depot. We used them at CrossFit Southwest and I thought they had a heavier one. Contact Ken Urakawa at CrossFit Southwest, http://www.crossfitsouthwest.com/.
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:40 AM   #7
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check with local hardware stores. one might have a heavier one. i got a 16 at a local store.
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Old 06-06-2006, 03:33 PM   #8
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Shawn,
I jumped from a 12 to a 16lber (got it at my local lumber store) and was SHOCKED at the difference!

You stated you currently have a 10lber, I would move to a 12 first and see the difference. A 20lber will be nasty!

ON ANOTHER NOTE: The impact a 16lb sledge makes on the surface you are striking is pretty violent compared to a 10 or 12lber.
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Old 06-06-2006, 04:35 PM   #9
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Well, I got home from work today and what do I see on my front porch? A 20 pound sledge from Mcmaster-Carr. Couple days ago I tried to see what the shipping was on the sledge by going through all the steps of ordering online and I picked invoice not realizing what it was and then I cancelled it.......it didn't cancel. It was kinda like santa leaving me a present. I bought it of course. I've got to say it's a big jump but I'll take it easy for a while. I'm definitely hooked so If anyone has anymore sledgehammer info i.e. excercises or other cool stuff, please share!
Roger, that ten pounder was the heaviest I could find in the area.
Craig, that was an awesome idea. I might just try that.

Shawn
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:26 PM   #10
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As usual, Lisa is right on the money. Home Depot rocks (16#, about $28, I think).
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