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Which Hammers and Dollies Should I Buy??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Duke, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. Duke
    Joined: Mar 21, 2001
    Posts: 852


    I am looking to upgrade from my cheap body hammers to some Martins. I have already bought a dinging hammer and really like it. Which other hammers and dollies should I buy next? I can't afford too many at which ones am I going to get the most use out of on my model A coupe? I was thinking a general purpose dolly and or an egg dolly? What would you recommend for a finishing hammer?
  2. 53choptop
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,203


    I am also interested in knowing this.
  3. Slide
    Joined: May 11, 2004
    Posts: 3,021


    I use my heel dolly probably twice as much as all the others put together. 2nd place would probably be a tie between GP and toe dolly.

    For hammers, which one I pick up depends on how much crown is on the face. Really, all you need is one with a very slight crown, and one that's dead-flat.
  4. An almost flat square faced hammer comes in handy a lot on older cars that have raised reveals or for replacing door skins.

    Old used hammers are sometimes almost better than new ones, because the edges are rounded over and sort of polished. Just make sure if you get a used one that you see what the face looks like in case some idiot used it to pound out nails and dinged it all up.

    I think the toe dolly would be the first one to get, and then maybe a wedge dolly or general purpose dolly. On the older cars, there are a lot of different curves, so it's good to be able to have enough dollies to match all the different curves you might need to work on.

    I have one old used dolly that I don't know what it's called, but it's about 2" x 2" x 4" and it has different curves on three of the long sides and a round bullet shape on the nose, and perfectly flat end on one end cut at an angle. I use it a lot. It's also big and heavy enough that you can use it as a battering ram in close quarters to bump out deep dents. I think maybe it was made by Facom.
  5. Richard Head
    Joined: Feb 19, 2005
    Posts: 535

    Richard Head

    Think about getting a dinging spoon. I seem to screw up a lot less stuff when I am roughing out misshapen panels. I like to use the universal dolly the most because it hurts my hand the least with continuous pounding. Its also nice to have both long and short reach dinging hammers for different applications.

  6. yekoms
    Joined: Jan 21, 2007
    Posts: 1,088


    Not that HAMBers don't know what they are doin' but, check out 'cause it is geared towards metal workin'.
  7. yekoms
    Joined: Jan 21, 2007
    Posts: 1,088


    RustyBolts makes a real good point about the used hammers. Also there is somethin' cool about usin' a good old tool that somebody else has used for years before you.
  8. autobodyed
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,943

    from shelton ct

    i know they are probably a little pricier than most, but snap-on has the best selection of body hammers and dolly's than most, i've had mine for over twenty five years, and i would'nt trade 'em for any other. just my .03 (cost of living increase)
  9. publicenemy1925
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 3,187

    from OKC, OK

    My fav is a snap on cross peen and a snap on steel toe dolly.
  10. john worden
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,828

    john worden
    from iowa

    I have 2 Proto #1427 One head is a medium reach chisel and the other is a medium circular head with a low crown. Bought the first at trade school in the late 60's and our instructer told me grind the chisel end to a dull pick instead and I would then have a great all around hammer. He was right. I just replaced the handle a week or so ago and it is easily the most used body hammer I own. The other one remains as bought. I also bought an AP ( all purpose ) dolly at that time and it is a good first one to own. Buy others as you can or need to. John Worden
  11. JimSibley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 3,908


    I use a head from an old sledge hammer for a dolly and my 2 favorite hammers are a framing hammer, and an Iron workers small pick. Im not kidding. To each his own I guess.
  12. KernCountyKid
    Joined: Jul 11, 2006
    Posts: 376

    from Arkansas

    I have the new Martin GP dolly, and like it a lot. My hammers are vintage Blue Point and Fairmont on new handles. I was suprised how much I used the square face on the Fairmont. I would definetly say keep an eye out on ebay. I got good deals on quality hammers.
  13. I really like MAC hammers and dollies both. I've been real happy with both new and used MAC stuff for years. Snap-On and Martin are also in my collection.
    As for which dollies, I would say the best foundation is a general purpose, toe and heel. Those three will get you through most everything.
    Hammers. Pretty personal I would say. I prefer only wooden handles. They have to be weighted well and crown is important. Everyone has their favorite. Buy a couple.
  14. Onelow34
    Joined: Oct 9, 2007
    Posts: 640


    I just bought a new full martin hammer and dolly kit. I saved quite a bit of money buying them in the set instead of buying separate.
  15. John_Kelly
    Joined: Feb 19, 2003
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  16. Duke
    Joined: Mar 21, 2001
    Posts: 852


    Thanks for all the info guys!
  17. axle
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 3,984

    from Drag City

    Comma & Heel dollies are what i use the most.
  18. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 4,937

    pimpin paint
    from so cal


    I own about thirty body hammers and only use two of them on a regular basis! The cross pein by Proto ,and an early Snap On medium length
    picking hammer. I think I gave $10-15 bucks apiece at a swap meet for 'um. For a choice in dollys, I'd go with a universal and an egg shaped. The
    universal has a flat side like a heel, and a good number of other usefull
    shapes. The egg shaped dolly has good weight, and good crowns that are
    usefull for 30s-50s shaped panels.
    Unless you're going to go for metalfinishing your repairs (not a bad direction at all) you really don't need many body and fender tools. I'm completly amazed every time I see "big name builders" metal work,Sheesh!
    it's a good thing their good with plastic filler!

    Swankey Devils C.c.
    "Meanwhile, back aboard The Tainted Pork"
  19. von Dyck
    Joined: Apr 12, 2007
    Posts: 678

    von Dyck

    Wooden hammerheads can be formed from broken softball bats. Works good on 20ga. steel. Although I use my Snap-on crosspeen/dinging hammer a lot, another hammer that sees a lot of use is also homemade from discarded stuff. Grind the hex corners off a 3/4" bolt, polish the face, cut the shaft of the bolt to within 1" of the head. take a 3/4" nut, rat-tail file the threads, oval shape the nut in a hydraulic press (this is where the handle will fit). Cut a 3" strip of 3/8" by 1" cold rolled (hot rolled will work too) steel, bend a slight curve in it. Grind a nice radius on the one end to form a crosspeen blunt surface. Weld this to the ovaled nut. Weld the head (shaft part) to the other side of the ovaled nut. Realize the position of the oval so that the handle will fit correctly.
    It is the ugliest hammer I own, been using it almost 20 years. Main thing is: it does what I want it to do.
  20. Shaggy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,207

    from Sultan, WA

    I love my dagger tool kit!
  21. Duke
    Joined: Mar 21, 2001
    Posts: 852


    Von Dyke, can you take a picture of the homemade hammer?
    So, I think my next purchases are toe and heel dollies, a general purpose, and a medium point pick hammer? Maybe the egg dollie next?

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