Craftsman released its new 12V NEXTEC series of compact power tools before the winter holidays, and performance reviews are starting to roll in. One of the more innovative tools of the Nextec series is Craftsman’s new Hammerhead Auto Hammer. The Auto Hammer’s compact size makes it well suited for areas too tight to swing a traditional hammer, as well as for overhead applications, but not everyone is entirely pleased with its performance.
The main complaint that we have been hearing about the Auto Hammer is that it is underpowered, and is incapable of driving larger or longer nails flush with a work surface. According to its product description, the Auto Hammer should be capable of driving nails up to 3.5-in. in length with the press of a trigger.
A recent review via Popular Mechanics concludes that the Auto Hammer is indeed well suited for hammering in compact spaces, but that a traditional hammer is the better tool for most other scenarios. Note: We noticed that Popular Mechanics’s site is covered in Craftsman advertisements – this may have softened the tone of their review.
Despite falling short of its expectations, Craftsman’s Auto Hammer is by no means a dud, and definitely seems to be a well designed tool. Still, we will likely wait for the second revision or release before considering purchasing one for personal use. We are actually a bit surprised that there are only 6 customer reviews posted on Sears.com thus far – this may reflect that many of those that received Auto Hammers as winter holiday gifts are pleased with the tools.
Craftsman’s Auto Hammer is regularly priced at $100.