Why use a Rubber Mallet over a Claw Hammer?

If you regularly undertake do it yourself projects, you will find that there can sometimes be occasions when a rubber mallet will be more beneficial than a claw hammer. Understanding which tool is better for specific tasks will help you to decide which one to choose.  

Surface Area

The surface area of a rubber mallet will invariably be larger than that of a claw hammer which can make it a more beneficial tool to use for many tasks. The larger surface will not only increase the area over which the pressure is spread but will also allow jobs to be completed faster.


The unyielding nature of the metal that a claw hammer is made from can make it a very unforgiving tool and often create situations where mistakes are easily made. A rubber mallet can be easier to use and make mistakes less likely to occur because the pressure will not be concentrated to such a small spot.

Using a metal claw hammer on small metal components in the course of a woodworking project is an ideal use for it, whereas it will not be as helpful to hammer any of the wooden sections into place. The softer nature of a mallet is better for this part of the task.  


The variety of sizes that a rubber mallet is available in will often be more extensive than those of claw hammers. This will enable you to find a suitable tool no matter what the size of the task you are undertaking. Using a claw hammer on large piece of equipment rather than the small nails it is made for will usually result in damage from inadvertent dents and dings.  


Though the mallet cannot compete with a claw hammer in terms of its ability to insert and extract nails, it can be utilized in a great number of other situations. In circumstances where assistance is required to fit large items into place, such as a recessed cabinet or strips of hardwood flooring, then a mallet should be used. If a hammer is used in these cases, it becomes easy to use too much force to push the components into place, which can cause damage by depressions, holes and splitting.     


Though a rubber mallet is manufactured to be tough and hard wearing, it is also made of a material that is much softer and lighter than the metal of a claw hammer. This will make it much easier to use and less likely to cause accidental harm. The smaller head of a claw hammer will increase the risk of it hitting the wrong spot, the reason why a large number of finger injuries result from using a hammer. Similarly, a mallet will be less likely to cause damage to property if it is accidentally dropped.   


The lightweight nature of a mallet as opposed to a claw hammer makes it easier to manipulate in the course of a do it yourself project. It will make it easier to judge the amount of pressure required to succeed rather than overestimating it do to the tool being heavy.