Vaughan has come out with two new Stealth 17 oz framing hammers that they claim have the driving power of 32 oz hammers. Both hammers, one with a milled/checkered head (RS17ML) and one with a smooth head (RS17), feature a large face, magnetic nail starter, rip claw, and side nail puller. They’re also made 100% made in the USA.
Kurt sent us the tip, saying:
Check out Vaughan’s new Stealth 17 oz. Solid Steel, Smooth Face Rip Hammer! It looks similar (but possibly better) than the Dewalt hammer you reviewed a while back. Plus, if you look at the price they are asking at their website, its quite reasonable. I’d be interested to see how it performs.
These hammers really do look a lot like Dewalt’s MIG-welded framing hammers, but there are a few differences.
Vaughan Stealth vs. Dewalt MIG Framing Hammers
- Slightly heavier head weight (17 oz vs. 15 oz)
- Higher power claims (32 oz vs. 28 oz)
- Less than half the price!! $24-26 vs. $60
- Made in USA vs. made in Mexico
These hammers are also said to have the largest striking faces on the planet. According to the spec sheet above, the milled hammer is slightly longer than the smooth faced one.
There is a LOT of marketing BS surrounding lightweight framing hammers, but the reality is that they are easier and less fatiguing to swing. It will indeed be interesting to see how well these hammers perform, and whether they really do strike with the same power as 2-pounders.
It looks like Vaughan forged the Stealth hammer heads and handles as single forms, which gets around Dewalt’s patent that covers their hammers’ welded construction.
You can buy the hammers via Vaughan’s website, and eventually they will be available via Vaughan distributors.
17 oz rip claw framing hammers that swing like much heavier framers? Sounds good. Made in the USA? Okay, I’m listening… Available for $24-26? Sounds great! I am very optimistic about these.
Thanks Kurt, for the heads-up!