The Never Ending Journey of The Auto Hammer

Michael Young – This young man, motivated by innovation, designed a framing hammer solution that firmly sits between your traditional hammer and nail gun

The Auto Hammer allows you to load a collated nail set and disperses a single nail with a simple push of a button. There is a safety switch to prevent injury and loading sets seems to be pretty simple.

This hammer is meant to be a replacement of the traditional hammer as we have nail guns to do the job. It’s ideal to use the Auto Hammer if you just need to drive a few nails when the nail gun is inaccessible.

It’s been an unfortunate, uphill battle for Michael and the Auto Hammer for the past 6 years. Here is a short summary on his coroflot page:

My mad scientist project for the past six years. Came up with the idea and just couldn’t put it down until I figured it out. 11 completely unique functional variations later I got it to work in a cost effective, manufacturable, and marketable form! I wrote the patent myself (and had a lawyer fix it) and then set out to sell it. The team at Fiskars showed extreme interest and said it was the best idea they’d ever have come in, though ultimately it was too complex for their product offering. Next was Craftsman who offered me a large sum to purchase the idea. Unfortunately it was in the middle of their company being purchased by Sears, their department dramatically shrunk right after our initial deal, people that I was working with left the company, and the deal slowly eroded with their bandwidth to take on new projects. At the end of it my provisional patent has expired and I let it go. Glad to have tried and succeeded in many ways, here’s to the next one!

We hope that Michael can catch a break and someone would be interested in picking up his idea. Until then, we hope Michael continues to innovate and work towards several other solutions, especially for the job sites.

What do you think of the Auto Hammer? Should a manufacturer add this to their line up? If so, which brand would look best? Let us know what you think.



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  1. Alton E Malloy says:

    Why don’t you sell them online. I have looked for 30 minutes you are losing sales.

  2. Mark smoot says:

    I think you need to get with stiletto or Martinez tools and get this on the market I want one

  3. Spencer says:

    You need to get this to DeWalt tools I have a friend that works here if you need a contact person great concept

  4. David w Urbanek says:

    Depending on the price.I would like to be notified when it comes on the market.

  5. Rick says:

    Would buy today if available

  6. Izzy da carpenter says:

    An incredible invention! As a decades old carpenter I can tell you that next to the invention of the nail gun this new hammer is EXACTLY what would make our job a whole lot easier!

  7. fred murtz says:

    Any carpenter worthy of the name should be able to hand nail quicker than this tool. Coated nails can be driven in one strike by a pro. There’s a reason no manufacturer has picked this up.

  8. Joshua J Dalton says:

    I like your idea and think it will definitely earn it’s place in a construction site. And any one who will compare it to a nail gun will say it is not fast enough and just continue carrying a loaded10-15 lb gun while dragging around an air hose or packing extra battery to pop a few nails here and there hoping not to jam or even worse having a misfire and causing potential injuries to yourself or someone else. We have all seen that happen.
    A hammer is something I always carry with me because it is something that i am always needing even with a nail gun. Sometimes a nail gun is to bulky or awkward to use witch leads to the problem of needing 2 hands to get a nail started. This is where your hammer will begin to get some respect.
    I’m a 20+year carpenter and have done all types of construction but prefer the civil side and build bridges it’s mostly rough carpentry with iron work and concrete work mixed in. I work a lot of hours and always looking to make things go smooth and easy on myself when possible. I would like to try your hammer when I build plywood forms I know it will save time and a few other things I’m sure your hammer will be the best option. There is 1 thing I would like to see this hammer do actually 2 things. I would like to be able to load single nails instead of the nail clip. And i would like to see it able to use 8 or even a 6 penny nail as well. That would be awesome.

    I would like to help you get this develop and would like to get me a couple hammers to put to the test. A bridge job is hard on all tools and cheap tools font last over a week. I would like to send you some video of your hammer put against the traditional methods and see if there is anything to improve on. Let me know what I can do to get this thing rolling. Thanks Joshua D.

  9. Vivian Muse says:

    Can you let me know when it for sale

  10. Joshua says:

    I’m a handyman and this product would fit in my box perfectly. I don’t think he needs to market to pros, more than the middle ground self-renovator and home improvement professional. Pros often complain about battery tools while for me they’re exactly what I need. So tit for tat, it’s the demographic he needs to nail down (pun Intended).

  11. Rallo Cameron says:

    I’ve seen another version of this on Amazon that’s been out for over a decade but I feel like that one is basically garbage. It seems to only manage one type of 1-7/8″ nail and sells under the name of whatever company is selling it; “The Lakeside Collection” or “LTD Tools” etc. (I may be wrong about this; simply my initial impression)
    Either way this does seem to be, at worst, a superior design and I am interested to test, or possibly even buy one

  12. Ryan Wilson says:

    When will they be for sale can you notify me when they will be for sale and how to buy one

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