October 28, 2011

Wilton B.A.S.H. Sledge Hammer

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Wilton has released a sledgehammer that (they claim) has an unbreakable handle. It's got the quaint name of B.A.S.H., which stands for "Bad Ass Sledge Hammer." Why do they think the handle is unbreakable? Probably because it's filled with six steel rods. That'll do it.

If you're feeling cheeky, you can buy one of these tough guys and try to break the handle. If you do, Wilton will cut you a check for $1000 (no joke).

Press release after the jump.

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NEW WILTON B.A.S.H SLEDGE HAMMERS
FEATURE UNBREAKABLE HANDLE TECHNOLOGY

The new Wilton® B.A.S.H. Sledge Hammers with Unbreakable™
Handle Technology are the world's most durable hammers. No other sledge hammers on the market today can endure the same degree of punishing treatment, and Wilton has the facts to prove it.

"Overstrikes are the number-one failure in hammers today," said Tim Onello, Wilton's Director of Product Management. "We solved that problem and the challenge of head separation, which is a major safety concern."

Two years in development, the innovative Wilton B.A.S.H. Sledge Hammer (Bad Ass Sledge Hammer) product line features a steel core design that prevents breakage during overstrikes, which is the most common cause of failure in wood and fiberglass handled sledge hammers.

In fact, B.A.S.H. Sledge Hammers are 400 percent tougher than models with wood or fiberglass handles. In an overstrike test conducted by an independent lab, mechanical overstrikes were calculated before the handles broke. Leading competitors' wood handles collapsed after 435 strikes, while fiberglass handled sledge hammers failed at 6,800 strikes. The B.A.S.H. Sledge Hammers were tested at 25,000 overstrikes and they still were going strong.

Swinging a sledge hammer and losing the head is a serious safety hazard. To address hammer head dislodgement, B.A.S.H Sledge Hammers feature a hardened steel safety plate that secures the head with six steel rods. These rods are bound together, locking down the hammer head to eliminate dislodgment. They run the entire length of the handle and serve as the handle's core. Ergonomic, full-length, textured rubber, non-slip handle grips are standard on all BASH Sledge Hammers. These grips are made of vulcanized rubber and resist oil and other solvents.

Vibration from striking is dampened by the handle's anti-vibe neck. Surrounding the hammer's neck is thick rubber padding to dissipate vibration when overstrikes occur. Also, just below the bottom of the handle top is a steel reinforced hole to loop and secure a lanyard.

Hi-vis green heads add instant identification and recognition in jobsite and other work conditions. The durable, drop-forged steel heads are stamped with the hammer's weight in pounds and kilograms. When placed on end, the hammer's design enables the sledge to stand erect for easy retrieval.

There's a wide variety of Wilton BASH Sledge Hammers to meet every need from 2.5 lb. to 20 lb. heads and 12 to 36 in. handles. Industrial users include professionals in construction/demolition, landscaping, concrete and masonry, mining, railroading, and other heavy-duty sledge hammer applications.

Soft-Face B.A.S.H Sledge Hammers
Soft face B.A.S.H Sledge Hammers have all the features of conventional B.A.S.H hammers, but are specifically designed to mushroom when striking hard base materials.

These soft face heads are drop-forged steel with hi-vis heads hardened to 30HRC (Rockwell Hardness). Typical applications for these tools are in mining, railroads, cutting tools and maintenance on hard metal surfaces.
The soft face B.A.S.H Sledge Hammers are available with 2.5 to 14 lb. heads and 12 to 36-in. handles.

Break the handle of a Wilton B.A.S.H sledge hammer under normal use and within two years of purchase and Wilton will cut a $1,000 check in your name.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at October 28, 2011 6:19 AM

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