We all have something made of some soft material, like plastic, that we need to hit with a hammer from time to time. If you use a metal claw hammer, you will destroy the object, so you need a rubber mallet. Aren’t they all the same? Pretty much, yes. There are some differences, though. We have reviewed a large number of mallets for you, and have put together a list of five that we think you may like.
|TopBuilt Rubber Mallet (25056)|
|Coleman Rubber Mallet|
(Best for the Money)
|TEKTON 30603 Fiberglass Handle Rubber Mallet||1 lb||4.4/5|
|Alltrade 16Oz White Rubber Mallet (648336)||2 lbs||4.3/5|
|Great Neck Saw RM8 Rubber Mallet||1 lb||4.1/5|
The TopBuilt Rubber Mallet (25056) is a lightweight mallet at 1.6 pounds, with a rubber head to minimize any damage to the surface you’re pounding. It has a fiberglass handle that’s fixed securely to the rubber head with epoxy resin and a safety pin. It also has a fiberglass core to make it reliable and help absorb some of the vibrations of your hits. The handle is wrapped with an ergonomic comfort grip that will give you more control over your swing and help prevent slippage.
This is a sturdy but small mallet. It doesn’t weigh enough to be very useful in large jobs. Rubber also chips off, rounding the edges, with almost every swing, especially if you’re hitting a particularly hard surface.
The Coleman Rubber Mallet has a double-sided, high-impact rubber head attached to a wooden handle with a hook on the end for removing tent stakes. The hook isn’t very strong, though, and will straighten out if you don’t loosen the stake with the hammer before trying to pull it out of the ground.
When we first opened our Coleman Mallet, it had an incredibly strong rubber odor. We actually kept it wrapped in a plastic bag until the smell started to subside. We also found that this mallet is heavy and not the most convenient to carry around with you, especially if you are backpacking.
The TEKTON 30603 mallet has a lightweight, double-faced solid rubber head and a handle with a durable fiberglass core to help prevent some of the vibrations. The handle is surrounded by an exterior poly jacket that protects the fiberglass core and helps absorb some of the impacts of missed strikes. It also has a rubber grip so your hand doesn’t slip upon impact.
When we used this mallet, it left marks that we had to wipe off our surface continually. You might even say that the surface leaves a mark on the mallet because a little bit of rubber is chipped off the edge with every strike. We also found that the rubber head wasn’t securely attached to the handle. It would move slightly upon impact and has the probability of becoming looser and flying off altogether.
The 16Oz White Rubber Mallet (648336) by Alltrade has a 16-ounce, non-marring white rubber head, with a sturdy, lightweight tubular steel handle. The rubber grip on the end of the handle will help keep the mallet from slipping in your hand and give you better control over your strikes.
This mallet is big. It’s really too big for small, around-the-house jobs. However, those are the only jobs that this mallet can handle. It has a cheaper grade of rubber that chips off when you strike it against something. The white head also shows every bit of wear and tear. The flaking off of the rubber wouldn’t be as noticeable if the head were black.
The Great Neck Saw RM8 Rubber Mallet has a double-sided rubber head attached to a solid wooden handle. The handle is very slim and will need to be wrapped in tape to be comfortable for any hands that aren’t really small. This mallet is also too lightweight and small. It doesn’t have enough power to handle big jobs. It’s strictly for occasional around-the-house use. Any blows, even light ones, chip away at the rubber with each strike.
The best place to hold a mallet is at the furthest end away from the head. Then, you don’t really swing, but let it fall under its own weight. This position will give you the most powerful strike and take fewer hits to achieve your goal.
If you want to have more control over your swing, cinch your hand up the handle of your mallet. Holding it closer to the head will give you the most control, but it also reduces your power. It will take more swings to achieve your desired outcome.
You may be thinking, “Are you serious?” but there is an art to it. You don’t want to just swing wildly and hope that you hit in the vicinity of where you want to be. Before you swing at all, set the head of the mallet on the point you want to hit and stand in the position that will allow you to hit that same spot most comfortably. Place your feet about shoulder width apart for stability. Doing all this will align your mallet with your project before you even start.
When swinging a mallet, don’t swing with your whole arm like you would with an ax. This is more twisting your wrist. When you’re pounding, you want to let the mallet fall mostly by its own weight, doing most of the work for you.
If you are assembling things, you’ll want to tap the piece into place before setting it with your more forceful blow. For example, let’s say that you’re making a bookshelf and you want to fit the shelf into a groove.
Rubber mallets are made to use on soft materials, such as wood or plastic. If you try to use one on hard materials, like nails, you will tear the rubber head up. Remember this rule of thumb for which hammer to use: metal hits metal, wood hits wood, and rubber hits all other soft materials.
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Though rubber mallets are all made pretty much the same way, some are better than others. To get the most life out of your mallet, look for high-grade rubber and a sturdy, durable handle. We believe that we have picked out the best five from our reviews. We tried to hit each price point so that there is a mallet included that will fit any budget. Obviously, the higher quality ones that will last the longest also cost the most. The quality level will decrease as the price gets lower. Just figure out which of these will best meet your needs without breaking the bank:
1. TopBuilt Rubber Mallet (25056) – Top Pick
2. Coleman Rubber Mallet – Best for the Money
3. TEKTON 30603 Fiberglass Handle Rubber Mallet
4. Alltrade 16Oz White Rubber Mallet (648336)
5. Great Neck Saw RM8 Rubber Mallet
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