A slag or chipping hammer for welding is a tool used to remove welding slag from a weld. See our top list of slag and chipping hammers below.
Estwing BIG BLUE welding/chipping hammer
A rugged welding hammer made in the USA: Manufactured by Estwing in Rockford, IL only the finest American steel is used for this first class chipping hammer.
Since the “Big Blue” is forged in one piece, it is a long-lasting piece of equipment. Moreover, the shock vibration grip can reduce shock vibrations up to 70%.
Weight: 14 oz
Estwing BIG BLUE Welding/Chipping Hammer - 14oz Slag Removal Tool with Forged Steel Construction & Shock Reduction Grip - E3-WC
- FORGED IN ONE PIECE - The most durable, longest lasting striking tools available
- VERSATILITY ON THE JOB - Perfect for cleaning and removing slag from all welds
- BUILT FOR THE PRO - machinists, metalworkers, blacksmiths, fabricators, mechanics, tradesman & serious DIYers
The Scrape-N-Burr SNB-30 is also a tool you should take a closer look at. Equipped with replaceable hardened steel blades this tool makes it easy to remove any dross. Thanks to a vinyl hand grip this tool provides you with a secure and comfortable grip.
Since the blades are made of high-carbon steel it is not recommend to use those with stainless steels because they could contaminate it.
Weight: 1 lb 2 oz
Please see this video below for a short product demonstration:
US Forge welding chipping hammer
The US Forge welding hammer is made of hardened steel for long tool life. Furthermore, the spring styled handle helps to absorb hammer shocks.
To sum it up, it is excellent to chip slag after welding.
The two-sided head has a chisel on the one side and a point-shaped tip on the other side for smaller spots.
Weight: 14.7 oz
- Made of hardened steel for longer tool life
- Spring handle designed to absorb the shock of contact while cleaning and shipping way welding debris
- Heads have a chisel on one side and a point on the other to get into tight spots
Slag Hammer alternative: Powermate Vx Air Needle Scaler
The Powermate Air Needle Scaler is an electric alternative for conventional slag and chipping hammers. 19 steel needles assist you to clean metallic surfaces.
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The scaler is also good for weld seam preparation. Thus it is a blast to remove dust, paint and dirt. This handheld tool is operating at a pressure of 90 PSI.
- Cleans Smaller Surfaces without Messy Abrasive Blasting
- Equipped with 19 Steel Needles for Effective Scaling Action
- Soft-Touch Grip for Firm Hold and Reduced Vibration
- Professional Touch Trigger Adds Comfort and Gives User Better Start/Stop Control
Hobart welding slag hammer with wire brush
The Hobart slag hammer is a real multi-tool. Straight head, spring handle and a replaceable wire brush makes this a versatile tool. Use the hammer to chip the slag and brush it clean with the attached brush.
Lincoln Electric wood-handled chipping hammer
Probably one of the cheapest chipping hammers on the market. Lincoln Electric’s wood-handled chipping hammer is for everybody who prefers to have a wood handle over a steel handle.
This light-weight cross chisel chipping hammer gives you a good and secure grip.
Weight: 10.4 oz
- Wood-handled cross-chisel chipping hammer
- Constructed for long life and dependability
- Provides a good, secure grip
- A handy combination for fast clean up
- Professional welders replace their out of date solder lugs with power cable lugs
Pit Bull chipping hammer for welding
The Pit Bull chipping hammer has a cone-shaped nose with a sharp, flattened point and a dual beveled tail. The hook on the other end allows you to hang the tool.
Weight: 13.6 oz
- Chipping hammer
- Welding cleansing hand tool
- Cone-shaped nose with sharp point
- Flattened and dual beveled tail
- Helical barrel spring type handle with hanging hook at end
Vaughan welder’s chipping hammer
A robust tool made in the USA by Vaughan. Blue paint finished hammer with wooden handle.
Weight: 12 oz
Slag & chipping hammer for welding – things to know
Why is there a slag?
Slag comes from the flux which melts during the welding process. Moreover, at flux-core arc welding, the flux is a necessary shielding material that covers the molten metal weld zone and protects it from reacting with atmospheric gases like oxygen.
The slag needs to removed before you add another weld layer or before you further process your weld seam.
Typically a slag hammer is only required for arc welding because MIG and TIG welding does not produce slags.
See the removal of a welding slag in the video below:
How to remove the weld slag?
After your weld seam is finished, the slag is not required anymore.
Thus, hit the weld seam with your slag hammer to shatter the slag. If you want to remove weld spatter, you can use the flat side of your chipping hammer and slide over the metal surface. After your treatment with the hammer use a steel brush to finish the seam.
Side note: You can resharpen the hammer’s edges when they become blunt.