The Dalluge 7180 is a great hammer if you are looking to get a Titanium hammer but are not wanting to spend a small fortune on one of the top dollar models. This hammer is made under the Dalluge brand name by Vaughan Manufacturing out of Illinois. They have been around nearly as long as their competitor Stiletto Tools. Vaughan was founded way back in 1869 and have been making hammers for nearly one-hundred and fifty years. I would say they know what they are doing by now, or at least I hope they do! Enough about the company though let’s dive into what this hammer offers and what the drawbacks are.
Ok so first and foremost we have a quality Titanium head. That’s the biggest selling point right there. Titanium. There are many many benefits going into what a Titanium head offers versus a Steel head. I won’t get into everything here but if you would like to read more about the benefits of Titanium then I recommend clicking on this article that I wrote the other day that goes into it further.
This hammer comes in at sixteen ounces. While that may sound like a lightweight hammer for framing keep in mind that Titanium is forty-five percent less in weight than your typical steel. Your sixteen ounce hammer will be swinging and driving nails with as much force as a twenty-two or twenty-four ounce steel hammer. This hammer’s lightweight will allow you to swing faster and with less effort. To top it off your body will thank you as you won’t be swinging a behemoth of a steel hammer all day long. Hopefully, no more tennis elbow.
The 7180 Dalluge’s head comes with a patented sidewinder nail puller design. This side nail puller will allow you to gain more leverage and to get into those hard to reach places that your claw just can’t get into to. At the risk of sounding like those damn commercials… but wait there’s more! This hammer comes with the magnetic nail holder and the face of this thing is serrated or ‘waffle’ faced… also known as the meat grinder. (Be careful!)
While this hammer is not a one-piece construction and comes with a wooden handle the manufacturer attempted to go above and beyond and add additional bolts to the base of the hammer in an effort to secure the head and handle even more than required. Honestly, I don’t know how much this will help. I’ve never been a fan of wooden handles.
The last thing that I’m going to mention as a Pro on the 7180 Dalluge is the cost. Yes, it is still expensive for a hammer but this is a Titanium hammer that you’re getting. Around one-hundred dollars for a Titanium head is a pretty good deal if you ask me… especially if you look at some of the other products on the market today.
Alright folks lets get this out of the way right now. This product is produced and manufactured in China. It seems like it is inescapable these days. Nearly every company, including tool companies, have moved their manufacturing overseas. I hope this will change in the future but for now it is what we are stuck with. If you don’t mind a Chinese made product then go ahead and purchase but if you are looking for an American made product then I suggest you continue looking. (Also, if you know of one please let me know and I will take the time to review.)
As the years have gone by I’ve come to dislike wooden handles. I don’t want my things to break on me. I just don’t. Yes, I know it can be easily replaced by buying a new handle and going through all of that hassle. I would much rather go the route of having one piece construction hammer rather it be steel or Titanium. If you are looking for a one piece Titanium construction I recommend the Stiletto TiBone TB15MC. The handle on the 7180 DDT 16 ounce hammer tends to break after only a few months of use and most of the time breaks when using the side nail puller. It’s funny… if you were going to put that side nail puller in you think you would go with a one piece construction and minimize the risk of handle failure.
The last con that I am going to mention on this hammer is the warranty. Usually when we look at a warranty on these pricey hammers we find a lifetime, or limited lifetime, warranty policy. There is no lifetime warranty on this product folks. In fact their warranty policy has quite a bit of legal ease in it as well. I’m not quite sure if you will get a replacement product or not but hey it is at least worth trying, right? See below excerpt from Vaughan’s website.
Replacement will be solely at the discretion of Vaughan & Bushnell Mfg Co. Nothing in this policy shall be interpreted or construed as an express or implied warranty, all of which are excluded by Vaughan & Bushnell Mfg Co.
If you find that your 7180 Titanium hammer fails you can fill out the this return form found on their website. Once the form is filled out you can return it to the below address. Before you send your product out hoping for a replacement I would place a call or contact them via e-mail to ensure that they are aware that your package is coming and to also check to see if they will replace your product.
Vaughan & Bushnell Mfg. Co.
146 S. Washington Street
Bushnell, IL 61422
Overall I would recommend this hammer to the user who is wanting to get his first Titanium hammer but is not wanting to drop two-hundred dollars on a premium Stiletto Ti-Bone. While this has the wooden handle instead of the one-piece construction it is still a strong and durable hammer. If worst comes to worst and your handle breaks you can always buy a replacement on Vaughan’s website which can be found by clicking here.
I gave this hammer a 3.9 out of 5.0. My main points of subtraction were the wooden handle and their warranty policy. Most of the time if you’re going to pay a high dollar price for a hammer you get a lifetime, or at least a more detailed, warranty policy. If we look at Amazon.com they are pretty much on par with my suggestion as they have this hammer at 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. Most people are happy with it and I bet you will be too. The only other thing I can say is if you are looking for a bigger and better hammer to check out the Stiletto TB15MC one piece solid Titanium construction.
Well, that’s all folks. I hope that I was able to help your buying choice today.
Thanks for reading,