Craftsman 12-Volt NEXTEC Hammerhead Auto-Hammer
I finally got my hands on another of the Craftsman NEXTEC 12-volt Lithium-Ion Cordless tools. I just tested the Craftsman 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Hammerhead Auto-Hammer which fits in the NEXTEC series of 12-volt Lithium-Ion cordless tools.
The Craftsman 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Hammerhead Auto-Hammer is a really cool new tool that’s similar to a pnuematic palm nailer except it’s in the shape of a hammer and it’s a battery powered cordless tool. The Auto-Hammer is not meant to replace the more powerful palm nailers but it is meant to provide another very versatile tool to any DIY handyman.
- Powerful 12-volt lithium-ion motor
- 3600 Impacts/minute
- Compact, ergonomic design
- Magnetic head (helps hold nails in place)
- Retractable nail sleeve
- LED worklight
- Soft-grip handle
- Weighs only 1.86 lbs. with battery
Auto-Hammer Test Drive
The Craftsman Auto-Hammer literature says that it will drive up to 10d nails 2-1/2 inches long. So I decided to try out a variety of nails from small 1 inch long brads to 3 inch long 10d sinkers. Remember this tool is not meant to be a professional grade framing device but a home improvement, DIY handyman tool for projects around the house. Having said that the assortment of nails that I chose should cover most any small project.
Nail Driving Power
The nail sleeve works great at holding the nail while you drive the nail. My only complaint (albeit small) is when the nail gets down near the surface and the sleeve is no longer deep enough to hold the nail in place, the vibrations from the hammer action cause the driving head to bounce around all over the surface of the wood. You can overcome this by holding the tool carefully and focusing it on the head of the nail.
Auto-Hammer Demo Movie Clip
I made a very short videa clip of the Auto-Hammer driving a nail into a wood block.
Overall I was impressed with the versatility of the Auto-Hammer. First and foremost the Auto-Hammer is the perfect tool if you need to drive a nail in a tight space (in the adjacent photo I drove a nail into a stud, between stud bays) in a place that would be quite difficult to do so with a hammer.
The magnetic head is a great feature that allows you to start a nail without having your fingers in the way. The LED light is also great because so many projects end up in areas with poor lighting that this eliminates the need of carrying a flashlight around with you.
This is definitely a tool I’d recommend for the hobbiest / DIY / handyman type. Once again if you’re looking for a cool new tool for the man that has everything I think this is a great addition. Especially if you already own other 12-volt NEXTEC tools because the batteries are interchangeable. At around $100 it’s a great value for all the features it offers.
Where To Buy Craftsman Auto-Hammer
If you’re interested in buying the Craftsman Hammerhead Auto-Hammer then I suggest you check out the following link where it’s available at Sears: