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The Penntek power pull hammer is the only hammer that looks like Bugs Bunny hit it in the head — you know, where the red lump rises out of the character’s head?  Then again, the Penntek’s lump is solid steel.

And the Penntek’s lump has a purpose: they claim it gives you extra leverage to pull out tough nails.  Well, we tried it out for ourselves to find out whether this claim is true — or whether it’s just another gimmick to separate consumers from a portion of their tool budget.

Unboxing

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The Penntek didn’t come in a box, so it was very simple to open.  Then again it’s a hammer; it doesn’t need one.  We noticed the usual appointments grace the Power Pull — a rubber wrapped handle with stylish vents cut into the sides and a solid, one piece steel head and shank. 

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The feature that makes the Penntek Power Pull hammer different than other hammers is the button on top.  This is the where the “power” in the power pull comes from.

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A quarter turn of the button releases a spring and reveals that the button is actually a solid steel pin that pops straight out of the hammer head.  A twist and push puts it away and locks it back into the head.

Read on to page two for our in use experiences.

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4 Responses to Hands-On: Penntek’s Power Pull Hammer

  1. Brau says:

    I would never have considered using it with the pin extended to begin pulling any nail. It seems obvious to me that this pin is designed to enable pulling a long nail *without* having to search for a bit of wood to use as a fulcrum. If I was still in the construction industry I’d buy one.

  2. Scraper says:

    At a young age, my dad taught me to use a piece of scrap wood to assist with removing stubborn nails. In high school I was a scrawny kid. My friend Will was a star football player and wrestler. While working together on a homecoming project, Will was trying with all of his might to remove some nails from on old board we found in the barn. I grabed a hammer and piece of wood and easily pulled them all out. It was a classic case of brains over brawn. But unlike the Hollywood movies, he still got the date with the cheerleader.

  3. I hate to use a cheesy play on words but Brau “nailed it on the head”. The PowerPull™ works best after a long nail has been partially pulled (and probably not when starting to pull a nail). It’s that block of wood you need built right into the hammer.

    The claim about increasing leverage is probably best seen in our quick test video on our site (link below). The test simulates pulling a long nail with a digital force gauge, which is set to show the peak force. You’ll see we get 223 lbs. without the pin and 490 lbs. with the pin extended. There is a point when pulling a nail (about 2″ to 2.5″) that a rip hammer starts to lift off the board…this is when you lose leverage and it then comes down to brute force. With the pin extended the leverage point is again moved close to the nail head resulting in much higher leverage (2x – 3x).

    Thanks
    Charlie Phillips – Product Manager for PennTek™ Tools

    http://www.pennunited.com/Pages/Powerpull.html

  4. cr says:

    what about it leaving a ding in the material?

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