Craftsman’s Nextec 12V Hammerhead Auto-Hammer has been a long time coming. Other companies have rolled out some hokey auto-hammer designs over the years, but this one comes in a form factor that might actually work.
Think of it like a handheld jackhammer and you start to get the point. A piston inside a sleeve travels a small distance at great speed to drive the nail home. So instead of one or two giant swings for a standard 3-1/2” nail, the auto-hammer sinks it with around 34 small strikes per second.
We’re curious to see how many nails per charge this gets. But we can see one advantage right off the bat: For tight spaces, where the standard set and swing method is next to impossible, you can cram the Hammerhead in there with the nail magnetically attached to the piston.
Though experienced pros might not feel comfortable hanging up the trusty 24oz framing hammer, the Hammerhead does at least sound interesting. Pricing is set at about $100, which is about what you’d expect for a 12V Li-Ion setup like this.