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Conclusions

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The Penntek Power Pull isn’t a bad product.  It just functions just like a modern normal hammer in every respect, except for the pin. The Power Pull does offer a leverage advantage when pulling larger nails, but not a significant one.  You’d probably be better off practicing driving nails well so you don’t need to pull them back out — or just pull them out with the hammer in standard mode.

Street pricing runs about $35 plus shipping.  That’s as much as top-of-the-line hammers in its class, so you’d better be sure you’re willing to pay such a premium for the pin.

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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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