Auto Hammer

Auto Hammer
By: Amy Jacquin

We've all tried hammering a nail and hit our thumb instead. This Auto Hammer promises to take the hard knocks out of driving a nail, because it magnetically holds the nail in place for you! To give the Auto Hammer a fair test, Amy found someone who uses a hammer to make a living. But it only takes several seconds for Greg Huff to get his first impression.
"What do I think so far? It feels like a toy!" Huff says quickly. The Auto Hammer will only accept headed nails 1.5 to 2 inches long. So it's not really meant for heavy construction work. But it does promise to be perfect for household jobs, saving time and your fingers. Simply press a button and nails are automatically fed down a chute, and held in place with a magnet. But it doesn't always work that smoothly. As a matter of fact, the Auto Hammer can give you a pounding headache!
"It doesn't actually fall down to where it needs to go," says Greg as he tries to shake a nail into place. The auto hammer claims to be great for hanging pictures. But with the nail offset, we wondered about the accuracy of your aim. We challenged Greg to hit three x's in the center. "Hold on, I got some nails caught. Ha ha ha!" he laughs as he tries to get the hammer to load properly. Greg misses the mark on the first try by about a quarter of an inch.
But that's not the most annoying thing. "Well, they're coming out and I'm not doing anything!" he says, as nails continue to trickle out of the hammer. Finally he gets the auto hammer under control and tries again. "That's about one-half inch off," he says. "It's not too accurate." He hits target number three within a quarter-of-an-inch of the center. But the aim is inconsistent. "I probably wouldn't recommend it," Greg summarizes. Neither do we. Professionals lose patience with the Auto Hammer, and prefer to put their fingers at risk! It jams, mis-loads, and misdirects the nails as often as it works properly. And for that we give the Auto Hammer a 'D.'