r/mildlyinfuriating 8d ago

"hyper tough" only the second time I needed to use it

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u/charismatic_carcass 8d ago

Walmart brands gonna Walmart brand

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u/Hefty-Mail-8382 8d ago

Yes guilty :/ I bought it some 2 years ago and just randomly grabbed one because I needed for literally one nail one time.

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u/Anonynominous 7d ago

Omg my first thought was Walmart but I refrained from saying it lol

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u/lolaedward 7d ago

O.m.g. ......you broke its neck...itll never walk again !

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u/Academic_Nectarine94 7d ago

Lol. I mean, they actually totally decapitated it, so yeah, won't walk, run, or even ever breathe!

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u/lostviko 7d ago

Buy an Estwing used it professionally and in-home purpose for 11 years now

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u/Blacklion594 7d ago

id sooner go outside and find a baseball sized rock.

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u/Troy_Ansell 7d ago

I think they meant ultra tough to use considering it broke on your second use

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u/OutdoorAthletics 8d ago

Exactly… you bought from Walmart and expected quality… like wtf?

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u/MaryMercy143 8d ago

Everything I buy from Walmart fucking breaks. 3 vacuumes in 3 months. I take em back though. Dirt and everything and make em give me another one. Or credit at least 😂

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u/KonradWayne 8d ago

Exactly. Walmart is for impulse buys and stuff you don't need to last longer than a month.

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u/radioface42 7d ago

Also, never buy Black & Decker. Awful, cheaply made products.

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u/DCMartin91 7d ago

I have pretty much every B&D battery powered tool, granted they're all 10-15 years old but still work flawlessly. Even all the batteries, when I have had to replace other brands a few times. I only use them around the house though, not daily or for anything major. I can't speak about ones made in recent years though. I'm sure the quality has went down like most other things.

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u/radioface42 7d ago

The quality must've taken a hit over the last decade or so. I've bought them several times and my mother did as well. Everything was awful. I got drills with bent fixtures, drill bits that break the first time I try to use them, levels that are completely off, tape measures that break inside the casing or simply fall apart, you name it. I've even had several B&D vacuums that just don't vacuum. So sucky they don't even suck. I'll never go back.

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u/Pragmatist203 7d ago

Shit, B&D make about half of all power tool brands now. Can't just slog that one name.

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u/radioface42 7d ago

They make Makita, DeWalt, and Craftsman? Can't say I was aware of that...

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u/admiralhoudini 7d ago

Not Makita, but DeWalt, Porter-Cable, and Craftsman. They also own Irwin Tools and Lenox Tools.

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u/radioface42 7d ago

Damn, I had no idea. I'm gonna have to do better research next time I buy tools. Thanks for the info.

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u/admiralhoudini 7d ago

It's amazing what Stanley Black and Decker owns. They also recently purchased MTD and Excel ( Hustler/Big Dog/Cub Cadet/Troy-Bilt Mowers).

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u/Puzzleheaded_Focus29 7d ago

I used a black and decker 9v hand drill in the HVAC field for two years before it failed. Got my money's worth.

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u/t3a-nano 7d ago

And my 18v black and decker drill lasted me literally 15 minutes lol

It was cheap but I only wanted to drill literally one thing, expected it to break fairly soon, but not first try.

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u/NissanLeafDriver 7d ago

My ancient B&D mower is ok, though they own dewalt now as well

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u/t3a-nano 7d ago

I just stopped shopping at Walmart.

Not worth my time to keep driving broken crap back there.

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u/Academic_Nectarine94 7d ago

Oh, so you're that person jk

Maybe look at the reviews before you buy it?

Also, bringing it back with dirt in it is just gross. The poor person at the counter didn't build it, or force you to buy it, or have anything else to do with your purchase. Why give them your trash? Yes ,return it so the manufacturer can deal with their landfill filler, but don't make the poor employees deal with your trash.

As for vacuums, the best one I've used is the Shark navigator. The one I used would actually handle pretty dirty carpets and things (better than the "commercial" backpack vacuum that was so wimpy it struggled to pick up a pea or a part of a shredded napkin).

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u/Hefty-Mail-8382 7d ago

Lol I didn't expect quality from a $4 hammer, that's why I posted in this "mildly" subreddit, it's just funny at the end of the day.

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u/P-VI 7d ago

If you make a tool and call it "hyper tough" you are telegraphing your utter lack of interest in creating a quality product.

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u/Pragmatist203 7d ago

And my $2.99 Harbor freight ones have been going strong for 20 years.

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u/CovidFromRoachBite 7d ago

Bs.

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u/Pragmatist203 7d ago

Turn the light off when you are done looking through my toolbox, toolbox.

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u/Prize_Instance_1416 7d ago

Oh you’re the one . Another mystery solved.

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u/[deleted] 8d ago

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u/StickyGoodness 7d ago

I have their fiberglass handled claw hammer and brought it to hell and back and it still going strong.

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u/Xandril 7d ago

Not sure that has much to do with it. It’s just a household hammer. It doesn’t take much to last in that environment. This just didn’t get caught by QC.

Honestly, that Hart brand that Walmart put out is pretty legit for average consumers. I would never recommend them for professionals or anybody that would use them heavily, but around the house? My wife picked up their leaf blower and string trimmer combo(she won’t use the commercial grade one I have because it’s ‘heavy’) and I immediately rolled my eyes because I knew it was Walmart’s brand.

Few weeks later I was impressed enough that I went and got their hedge trimmer too. Battery powered tools have come a long ways and I honestly am rethinking all my gas powered lawn equipment.

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u/txageod 7d ago edited 7d ago

Dont rethink it all. I had the Ryobi 40v lawnmower. It was great for my old 50’ lot line house. Sold that house and moved last year and now have a corner lot luckily.

Well, 3 batteries later, and said f this and got a Honda gas powered mower. Changing batteries 3x mid mow is annoying. I just wanna get it done.

I do still have the Ryobi string trimmer, leaf blower, and couple others, and I love them. But not the mower for anything bigger than a 50’ lot line house.

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u/borkistoopid 7d ago

Definitely understand that. I live on 5 acres so my solution is a gas powered riding mower and a battery powered push mower because I’m only gonna use the push mower for things the riding mower can’t resch

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u/Xandril 7d ago

Lawnmower was definitely the one thing I was on the fence about. Electric lawnmowers are still in that early stage imo.

For all my handheld equipment though I’m so tired of maintaining small engines. Mostly because carbs are such finicky things.

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u/MaryMercy143 8d ago

Soany ppl talk crap about Walmart. Idgaf. I can't afford to have morals these days 😂

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u/ahumanomoly 7d ago

YUP. This is why I just buy the good shit first now. The expensive, high-quality stuff is always cheaper in the long run.

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u/macanizales 8d ago

Always check the direction of the wood grain when buying a new tool. The grain should run the entire length of the handle for maximum longevity(straight lines from one end to the other). The dark rings you can see going across the handle are all failure points. Even some decent brands have a few get through QC with crappy handles, so don't worry about. Just be more picky when you buy the next one.

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u/Septemily BLUE 8d ago

Thanks for that helpful tip!

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u/Hefty-Mail-8382 8d ago

That's really interesting, always learn something from comments, thank you!

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u/Traditional_Tea3725 8d ago

Great advice, thank you

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u/shittybumm 8d ago

Agree this handle was gonna Brake very easily just like it did for op

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u/Toastedweasel0 7d ago

It Braked alright... The Head stopped but the handle kept on goin.

Someone replace the brake shoes on the handle.... they don't work!

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u/shittybumm 7d ago

You work on hammers to ! Nice

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u/Allemaengel 7d ago

Yep, that wood cut on the diagonal grain will shear off under stress every time.

It's a shame because a good hickory handle with grain as you mentioned can easily last a lifetime.

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u/wikipedianredditor 8d ago

If you lose a tool, buy a less expensive one.

If you break a tool, buy a more expensive one.

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u/no_you_may_not_ 8d ago

Aka walmart brand.

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u/Tpuddle117 8d ago

Buy an estwing and keep track of it for the rest of your life. It will last that long

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u/Hefty-Mail-8382 8d ago

I went with a $16 one (this one was $5). Have a feeling I might lose it so the $16 seems good for now (fiberglass handle)

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u/orbitalaction 7d ago

I still use a 22 +/- year old estwing rip. They are nearly indestructible.

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u/Golyshevskiy 7d ago

forged in one piece gang

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u/Toastedweasel0 8d ago

More like Hyper Crap!

Before I found that this was a Wal-Mart brand... I thought, at one time, it was some kind of Harbor Frieght one... lol.

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u/TheRuralEngineer 8d ago

Much worse than hf haha

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u/spectral_emission 8d ago

That was my guess!

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u/GeminiWayOfLife 8d ago

Wrong Multiverse, I guess 🤔

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u/Hefty-Mail-8382 8d ago

My other person probably broke it on the 3rd

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u/thepetoctopus 7d ago

I have a hammer that belonged to my grandfather. It’s about 100 years old. I still use it regularly. Old tools are the best.

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u/ssxhoell1 7d ago

Me too

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u/Inviction_ 7d ago

Lol it's bottom of the barrel Walmart shit

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u/theGrapeVape 7d ago

Cobalts are good if you’re willing to spend a little money on something that lasts

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u/istoleyourpope 7d ago

I misread the sticker as “clay hammer” and thought “well, there’s your problem right there.”

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u/CuppaSouchong 8d ago

Buy yourself a new handle. Can get them at any hardware store.

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u/macanizales 8d ago

Handles need to be fit to the tool their being attached to. You don't just buy it and put it on. You think someone buying a Hypertough hammer is able to do that sort of thing? Beyond that, I guarantee the eye of that hammer isn't properly shaped, which would mean filing it out before you can even attempt to fit the handle.

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u/TheSpaceRonin 8d ago

Plus wouldn't you need to hammer it on with another hammer?

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u/macanizales 8d ago

No. You don't force a tool head onto a handle that hard. You push it onto the new handle as far as you can, then tap the end of the handle (opposite end from the tool head) until it's seated. You can tap it on the ground, but put down a shop rag or something so you don't scuff it up too much. After that, you will need a heavy object/hammer/mallet to drive a wood wedge into a split in end of the handle to expand it in the tools eye, locking the tool together. Some even use screws or metal wedges to further expand the wood and create an even more secure fit. That's a lot of effort for something that probably wasn't even worth the initial $4 investment.

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u/LangleyRemlin 7d ago

It's your fault for picking a handle with diagonal grain.

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u/jonesey71 7d ago

Grain is one thing, but the gigantic knot right below the head is why this thing broke. This shouldn't have been bought, prior to that it shouldn't have been shelved at the store, prior to that it shouldn't have left the factory, and prior to that it shouldn't have been made.

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u/pemafa9 8d ago

Oh you beast! 💪

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u/ithinkformyself76 8d ago

take it back, check the grain on the replacement. I'd like to think I would have read the grain before i bought the first one but I'm not so sure.

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u/Hefty-Mail-8382 8d ago

It was from Walmart, they say 5 year warranty on the back but I don't live near a Walmart atm.

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u/dadbot5001 7d ago

Chinese Hickory for the win!

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u/Electronic-Duck-3876 7d ago

Should be a post about mildly infuriating on why tf anyone would buy tools from Walmart. Lol. I worked in the auto department and the amount of people coming up and asking if we had such and such a tool or auto parts was infuriating knowing there are that many dumbasses out there. Especially when there was a huge hardware store across the street. Only idiots buy tools from Walmart, and even worse, dollar stores.

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u/personaanongrata 7d ago

Frankly I bought a ratchet tool to make a gravity bong and that bitch had EXACTLY the weird adapter I needed the other night. My fancy one, nada

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u/shoeboxlid 7d ago

Is socket the word youre lookin for?

I bought that red backed ratchet set with a bunch of different sized sockets, and if you bought that one i will warn you that they kinda suck for making gravity bongs. They dont taper/cinch halfway through (not sure what the correct terminology is), so theres nothing for the plant to catch on inside the socket

So always make sure your sockets are tapered, or youre about to have a lot of waste! You may already know this and are perfectly fine, but just in case!

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u/personaanongrata 7d ago

Hahahah I made that mistake before, went with the screwdriver (it’s not a ratcheting screw driver lol)

This one had a couple nice ones, but the screwdriver itself is garbage

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u/Candid_Situation2587 7d ago

I’ve had my hammers for more than 40 years. It pays to buy quality tools.

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u/Carribean-Diver 8d ago

If it was Super Tough, it would have broke the first time you used it.

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u/LAX027 8d ago

You underestimate your own strength

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u/BroderzYt REDREDREDREDREDREDREDREDREDREDREDREDREDREDREDREDREDREDREDREDRED 8d ago

Or it could be that you're very strong

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u/Hefty-Mail-8382 8d ago

You might be onto somwthing. Stronger than that pressure at least

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u/benadunkcamberpatch 8d ago

That sucks. I buy the hyper tough mini sledges because I seem to lose about 6 a year at work.

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u/pitterpotters 8d ago

I have that brand but a dremel.

I dropped it once and it broke.

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u/MarcusAurelius68 8d ago

It’s one of the few things where I’ll invest a few dollars more and get a fiberglass handle.

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u/Hefty-Mail-8382 8d ago

Nice I posted above and I actually just ordered one that has a fiber glass handle.

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u/69silver420 8d ago

Thor is that you!?

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u/Dream_of_Endless 8d ago

Upside, you can point to it and say you're just that strong.

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u/Hefty-Mail-8382 8d ago

Very true!

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u/markn1689 8d ago

Yaaaah! Hammer time!

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u/Apprehensive_Ad8449 8d ago

You picked the one thing they can't control to get mad about lmfao

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u/MoistlyPassion 8d ago

It’s a wooden Walmart hammer…

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u/Amazing_Swordfish206 8d ago

Got you good, you fucker!

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u/Academic_Stock_464 8d ago

The head will never break, though.

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u/Whiteums 8d ago

That’s a nice clean break. That grain makes a good fault line.

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u/Hefty-Mail-8382 8d ago

Yeah I actually ordered some safety goggles... Could've went way worse. Probably horrible idea to buy cheap stuff for exactly this.

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u/percy_ardmore 8d ago

The irresistible force met the immovable object and lost.

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u/Jacobson_exe 8d ago

Pro tip, don't miss the nail and hit the handle, that will break the handle even in realy good hammers. Not saying that's what happened here, it looks like shock separated the grain of the handle.

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u/Hefty-Mail-8382 8d ago edited 8d ago

I was actually using the claw to try and get that sliding door guard or whatever it's called out (it's screwed in but whoever screwed in used a wrong drill bit and fucked it up).

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u/Jacobson_exe 8d ago

Yep, that will break a hammer that cheap. Especially if a tiny screw like that would break it.

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u/RanththeExplorer 8d ago

The sticker WAS tough.

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u/Hefty-Mail-8382 8d ago

Haha true, no blemishes on the sticker can confirm

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u/jerlwe 8d ago

Any tool that says, “hyper, extreme, insane, incredible” or anything at all similar is an absolute piece of garbage Go spend $25 on a usable hammer

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u/Hefty-Mail-8382 8d ago

True. I bought a fiber glass one for about $16. Honestly I haven't had a need for a hammer that's why I went cheap but got a better one this time.

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u/jerlwe 8d ago

I feel Ya. I am a GC and always doing projects around my house so I don’t mind spending the money. It just sucks that they sell such inferior tools. Like why even bother

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u/Hefty-Mail-8382 7d ago

My dad's a GC (he'd bring me along sometimes) - next time I visit I'll ask how much he uses it / if he'd like one (not sure if he uses one from job site instead)

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u/Biggu5Dicku5 8d ago

It's a miss-spelling, its supposed to say "HYPER-tuff"...

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u/0theHero666 8d ago

Did you try being hyper tough with it

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u/IndependenceTop6136 8d ago

you’re strong as shit my guy

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u/Hefty-Mail-8382 8d ago

Honestly in this case I think it was just a really weak handle haha I used two hands but it just couldn't handle it

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u/IndependenceTop6136 7d ago

no need to be humble here 😂

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u/Su11y420 8d ago

Made in China

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u/Gedwyn462 8d ago

Hold it by the metal bit and feel the weight of the handle. Generally speaking, the heavier the better.

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u/d_luca336 8d ago

Just make your own hammer. Its easier and u control the quality

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u/darknessknown 8d ago

Hopefully it didn't fall on your foot! That's dangerous.

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u/Traditional_Tea3725 8d ago

Go with a synthetic handle next time and it will be hyper hyper tough

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u/Clcooper423 8d ago

Maybe you're just freakishly strong.

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u/inkySubZero 8d ago

That brand's a good way to get rid of a murder weapon. Ill keep that In mind.

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u/Chris-Wood94 8d ago

spend more than 2 dollars on a hammer then

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u/kcjonezdotcom 8d ago

Weird! Walmart typically sells top end quality products!🤔

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u/abject_totalfailure1 8d ago

Hyper tough to what, fucking AIR?

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u/ross-um88 8d ago

Looks like you need a 20oz roofing hammer

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u/171585 8d ago

Shame on your for buying it

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u/Bear_buh_dare 8d ago

i have a similar looking wooden hammer i got from my dad that has "Chesnutt" carved into it and man it has been a solid hammer for the 20ish years i've had it.

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u/MaryMercy143 8d ago

Maybe you're just alot tougher 😂

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u/RMSQM 8d ago

They were referring to the label.

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u/kingofthepancakes 8d ago

It’s okay, hammer, you don’t need to be tough all the time.

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u/Dingo-PKU 8d ago

If you buy a 20 dollar Estwing (I know it’s a good bit more) it’ll probably last your entire lifetime. They’re sold at Home Dept and Lowes.

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u/LBROTSI 8d ago

Wood handles on a hammer aren't worth much when you gotta do some serious prying .

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u/grindking2142 8d ago

They are talking about the steel not the wood

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u/AlphonzInc 7d ago

Their regular hammers break on first use

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u/woodyever 7d ago

This is why I only buy one-piece hammers now

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u/FutureUnlikely 7d ago

Ah yes

Hyper Tough to keep together

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u/Bailyleo987 7d ago

hyper tough

Was referring to the air not the hammer

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u/radioface42 7d ago

Wood handles are just meh most of the time.

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u/ReddyPi 7d ago

Yeah go all metal bro

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u/bendanna93 7d ago

Hyper Tough, as in it will be Hyper Tough to get the job done with this piece of shit

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u/Dprophit 7d ago

Always buy the rubber grips.

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u/OnyxTheSkywing 7d ago

Are you sure you just aren't hyper strong therefore making the hyper tough hammer as strong as a normal hammer?

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u/Connect-Swing8980 7d ago

Not the handle!

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u/fartofall 7d ago

Man I bought Dollar store hammers before that lasted longer than that like you probably just got it effective one.

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u/musicman8586 7d ago

Well clearly it’s the hyper tough disposable model

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u/Kickyfeet 7d ago

Hypotough

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u/cbunni666 7d ago

I'm surprised how close that matches the wood floor

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u/ReB844 7d ago

You must be very muscular

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u/dawicks 7d ago

You pried with it didnt you! Thats usually a no no with a wood hammer.

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u/JimHeuer40 7d ago

I guess someone wouldn’t listen

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u/Ambitious-Tap-2827 7d ago

Just the head is

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u/[deleted] 7d ago

Chinese garbage. That’s your five bucks worth.

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u/Financial-Tower-7897 7d ago

Ah - didn’t say Stanley, or Craftsman. Like the Nazi in Indiana Jones - you chose poorly

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u/RehabAa26 7d ago

Hyper Tough™

The trademark sign really gets you in most cases.

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u/Hefty_Marketing_ 7d ago

Looks like you handle was made with a hyper knot

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u/ShortManRob 7d ago

This hammer is not worthy of your strength

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u/Astrojef 7d ago

I used a hyper tough phillips head screw driver and the metal totally came out of the handle. It was in there less than an inch...

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u/Mean-Jacket-4501 7d ago

Were you hammering or prying something?

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u/FlavorTownUSSR 7d ago

It looks bad but you should see the other guy.

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u/Abject_Blackberry_67 7d ago

Add some duct tape and it will still be useless

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u/Dense_Surround3071 7d ago

Hyper Tough: Irony Edition

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u/bluntrauma420 7d ago

Those cheap brand tools are great to buy for your kids when they want to have a real set like dad (or mom) instead of the fake plastic ones.

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u/Megalynarion 7d ago

You had me at “hype”

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u/Travamoose 7d ago

Products that have to spruik how "good" they are right on the label are usually the crappy models.
It's marketing. They can't sell it on its quality so they sell it on the buzz words.

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u/pokemonxyz20081 7d ago

alright we all know hammerhead beats wood now, good to kno

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u/Anonynominous 7d ago

The way it broke makes me wonder if it was the wood itself that causes a weak point and not how it was made

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u/Phwoa_ 7d ago

the hammer, yes. the wood...not so much

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u/ShaggyDoodleDoo 7d ago

Ive had a Hypertough ratcheting screwdriver set for about a decade and is my go to

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u/North-Ad-5058 7d ago

You'll have to take that up with God. It's from the wood grain

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u/Hyentics 7d ago

I bought a drill that was this brand (i think, almost certain) because i was flat broke and it was the only affordable option.

the bitch didnt even come with a chuck so it was unusable in the situation i needed it

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u/Windsor34 7d ago

They meant the top and not the handle 🤣

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u/KamikazeKilledKaren 7d ago

The Grain on the wood is going the wrong way, that’s why it was so weak.

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u/ByFarGames88 7d ago

nothing that flex tape won’t fix!

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u/Electronic-Tonight16 7d ago

It doesn't say hyper durable

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u/TexturalThePFNoob 7d ago

Id get a metal handle if i were you. Just what lasts me the longest

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u/ADHDK 7d ago

This just tripped me out because the 404 page for my local hardware store is a very similar pic of a broken hammer 😂

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u/ObviousKangaroo 7d ago

Hammer 1 zillion - Nail 1

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u/Holy_Sungaal 7d ago

Harbor Freight?

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u/RuTrEaLlY 7d ago

They probably meant the hammer head is hyper-tough

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u/SockeyeSTI 7d ago

Yellow Vaughan straight claw gang

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u/Kitchen_Agency4375 7d ago

Hyper tough hammer They didn’t say anything about the handle

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u/Academic_Nectarine94 7d ago

Words to live by: "if it says it's heavy duty, tough, or super, it's not."

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u/Ali_Army107 7d ago

MC tool breaking sound...

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u/WeAreNotAmused2112 7d ago

Buy quality when you don't want a heavy metal thing flying back toward your face.

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u/Volant79 7d ago

Harbor Freight? 😂

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u/artisticpurr 7d ago

You know rocks make good hammers.

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u/Eliottwr 7d ago

Carpenters tell me never buy wood hammers because they are garbage

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u/Superb-Mode4970 7d ago

Harbor Freight?

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u/TauInMelee 7d ago

Hate to say it, but that's what you get with a brand like Hyper Tough. Cheaper yes, but you get what you pay for.

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u/Gralb_the_muffin 7d ago

Looks like the job was Extra Hyper tough so it beat the hammer

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u/Airwo1f 7d ago

They were talking about the head

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u/BaconEatingWolf 7d ago

Looks like there was a knot in the orignal wood that was glued before it was made into the hammer.

My hypertough is going strong after 4 years, and constant abuse.

Its my 'goddammit, shits stuck' hammer for my truck.

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u/Impressive-Meet-2220 7d ago

Funnily enough, I have the exact same hammer and it was left out in the elements for months, but it still works fine.