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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-20-2012, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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Ground hog hammer

I was thinking about getting a ground hog hammer in clearfield. Anybody have one and what do unthinkable about them?

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-20-2012, 01:12 PM
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Re: Ground hog hammer

I have one, as does my brother, father, and 2 of my friends that trap. They're great! Well built and saves you from carrying (and losing haha) multiple tools.

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Re: Ground hog hammer

I got one last year, worked good, well built.
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-20-2012, 03:50 PM
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Re: Ground hog hammer

Ive read some guys hate them....they say its one of them tools that isnt good at anything but designed to do everything...

I beg to differ....i use mine for everything...hammer to drive my anchors...othrler end to chop out the bed...the trowel makes a real nice dirt hole by pushing and twisting.....the trowel might not be great for digging beds but i dont use it for that anyways...

Like was said, cuts down on carrying multiple tools...and i think its an effective tool...
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Re: Ground hog hammer

I like mine. I've had it about eight years, it's all I use for making dirt-hole sets and I've used it to make hundreds.

When I got it, the edges of the trowel were sharp so I filed them down smooth. I also ground a "U" notch in the claw end and use it to pull rebar stakes.

Trowel end works great for drilling dirt holes, that's all I use it for, I use the claw end to dig beds and it does a good job. You can see how mushroomed the hammer head is getting from pounding stakes.

Last season the weld holding the claw cracked from pulling stakes in frozen ground. Shortly after that the weld holding the head on the shaft cracked and eventually the head came off.

I welded both back on again. looking forward to another eight years of service.


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Re: Ground hog hammer

i bought a 3 pound sledge at a tool sale for $5 and welded a semi-flattened piece of angle iron to it. of course it doesn't have the "trowel" part but that looks awkward to use anyway.

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Awkward to use? You grab the shaft with one hand and wrap your other hand over the head / claw and dig...

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Re: Ground hog hammer

I have a couple home-made ones, buxdux, get an AMTRACK, welder to fabricate one for you.
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Re: Ground hog hammer

I bought one a couple of years ago. Used it two days and gave it away. Driveng stakes with it and kept poking my legs. When I swing a hammer I hold it allmost at the end of the handle. Couldn't do that with this tool and kept poking my leg HARD. Good tool but not for me.

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Re: Ground hog hammer

Got one last year and love it. Makes great dirtholes. If I need more weight for frozen ground I'll grab a heavier hammer. Ground the edges of the blade down to the head of the hammer for easier carrying.

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