Top Best 8 Slag & Chipping Hammer for Welding 2018

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

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Scrape-N-Burr SNB-30

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:

Scrape-N-Burr SNB-30 Handle with 1-1/2" Blade

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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

US Forge Welding Economy Chipping Hammer

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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.

it is a blast to remove dust, paint and dirt

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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.

Powermate Vx 024-0299CT Air Needle Scaler

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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.

Hobart 770069 Welding Hammer Chipping - with Wire Brush

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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

Lincoln Electric KH533 Wood-Handled Cross-Chisel Chipping Hammer (Pack of 1)

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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

Pit Bull CHIH058 Chipping Hammer, Welding Cleasning Tool, Hand Tool

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Vaughan welder’s chipping hammer

A robust tool made in the USA by Vaughan. Blue paint finished hammer with wooden handle.

Weight: 12 oz

Vaughan WC12 12 oz. Welder's Chipping Hammer

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Slag & chipping hammer for welding – things to know

Why is there a slag?

weld seam

weld seam with slag already removed

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.

When you work with stainless steels, it is a must to use a hammer and a brush made of stainless steel, too.

Side note: You can resharpen the hammer’s edges when they become blunt.

 

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