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Which Martin Hammers and Dollies?

I'm looking at building my first Hot Rod (36 Chev). I bought the Martin 4 piece hammer and dolly set already (644K), but am wondering what other hammers, dollies or slap hammers would be helpful?

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a dinging spoon would be nice and slapper too. I also like my handled dolly. They make really good stuff.
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Just buy as many as you can, it's that simple. Every one of my hammers are used at different times. Now it's true that a huge majority of the work is done with my flat faced small pick and two different dollies but every one of the other MANY hammers and dollies I have are used at one time or another. There are shapes all over the car that need every single one of them.



The more the merrier! And I have more hanging on the wall!

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Very good choice on buying the high quality tools by the way. In ten years you could likely sell them for more than you paid for them. And they do a MUCH better job and easier to accomplish your needs. Cheap tools will be worthless and make the job harder.

GOOD CHOICE!

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The two dollies that I use most are the general purpose and the heel dolly, and I noticed that your set has neither of those, so that would be my first addition.
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The two dollies that I use most are the general purpose and the heel dolly, and I noticed that your set has neither of those, so that would be my first addition.
yeah, I was gonna mention that but guessed they came with the set he has. I really like Dagger hammers too and they're not that expensive. They have a really nice feel to them. Had them for over 10 years and only one broke cause I brain farted and didn't think about what I was doing and used it the way you're not supposed to and the handle broke. I knew it was me and not wear cause it was one of the hammers I barely use. The other two hammers that I use from the kit are used all the time and are still very solid.

If I buy new I'd get dagger but I love finding Martin tools at swap meets or off craigslist. Definite gems.
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Just buy as many as you can, it's that simple. Every one of my hammers are used at different times. Now it's true that a huge majority of the work is done with my flat faced small pick and two different dollies but every one of the other MANY hammers and dollies I have are used at one time or another. There are shapes all over the car that need every single one of them.



The more the merrier! And I have more hanging on the wall!

Brian
I gotta agree with martin here 100% but lets talk about the ones we use most in that order so you have the MOST useful ones first and add to those as you go...
For me these are the "gotte have" hammers that get used all the time...
#1 would be the straight pick hammer /knocking down high spots
#2 straight chisel /edges and body lines
#3 curved pick/same as straight but for hard to reach areas
#4curved chisel /same
#5 high crown (both sides) /round stuff like wheel wells
#6 skinning hammer/installing door skins used for folding lips

Most useless are the shrinking hammers, save your money
dont buy off the tool truck unless its an emergency and you dont mind paying twice as much

I like getting my hammers from aircraft tool supply (ATS) very high quality and very reasonable ,Pretty too, hold one of these up against ANY tool truck hammer and you'll see the difference instantly
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I gotta agree with martin here 100% but lets talk about the ones we use most in that order so you have the MOST useful ones first and add to those as you go...
For me these are the "gotte have" hammers that get used all the time...
#1 would be the straight pick hammer /knocking down high spots
#2 straight chisel /edges and body lines
#3 curved pick/same as straight but for hard to reach areas
#4curved chisel /same
#5 high crown (both sides) /round stuff like wheel wells
#6 skinning hammer/installing door skins used for folding lips

Most useless are the shrinking hammers, save your money
dont buy off the tool truck unless its an emergency and you dont mind paying twice as much

I like getting my hammers from aircraft tool supply (ATS) very high quality and very reasonable ,Pretty too, hold one of these up against ANY tool truck hammer and you'll see the difference instantly
I ground mine smooth into to a slight radius, into the hammer I really needed.

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I'd suggest to him to just stick with the hammers he has now and get a dinging spoon. If he's asking about hammers there's probably a lot of other things he needs as well. I've gone years with just 2 hammers, a couple dollys, a dinging spoon, and a cheap HF door skin hammer, but that door skin hammer is horrible I tell ya. There's really no reason to get a million hammers if he's just starting.


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You are absolutely right, good point. There is no reason to buy a pile of tools, buy what you need when you come to it.

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well I wouldn't say right, just a matter of opinion. I think the bare bones approach could get him a complete set of tools and then he could add as he goes along, which is pretty much the same route as a lot of us. I bet all those hammers you have didn't all jump into your box when you started your first project, but probably slowly filled the drawer as you gained experience.
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well I wouldn't say right, just a matter of opinion. I think the bare bones approach could get him a complete set of tools and then he could add as he goes along, which is pretty much the same route as a lot of us. I bet all those hammers you have didn't all jump into your box when you started your first project, but probably slowly filled the drawer as you gained experience.
Exactly.

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explains why I only have 3 hammers...I need more experience.
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explains why I only have 3 hammers...I need more experience.
I have seen a lot of very good techs get by with very little....but that doesn't mean they couldn't be even better and more efficient with more and better tools. I am also the believer that you buy what you REALLY need and not stupid crap. I have also seen guys with many thousands of dollars in a tool box full of tens of thousands of dollars in tools, that was never used!

I believe in having what you need at hand, period. If I need something to be more efficient, or just as important (or the same thing for that matter?) something that will make my life easier, something that makes my job hurt my very precious body less, I am going to buy it!


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I have 4 different hammers but when it comes down to it, the one I find myself using all the time is my Martin slapper. It's great for control and not overworking something, which I am prone to. I also have one of those bullseye picks. I used the crap out of that thing working little dings out of my fenders and roof.
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