paver hammers?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by steveair, Sep 10, 2000.

  1. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073

    Ok, been pretty quiet here for the last days so figured I'd ask a simple question.

    What are you using for mallets on your paver jobs?

    I prefer deadheads over rubber mallets and steel mallets. Been buying estwings, as they seem to hold up the best. They have a wood handle version (think 2 lbs) and a plastic head/handle (one piece construction) that I use to use, but found the wood hand version holds up just as long and is half the price.

    Also, anyone have the 'paver persuader' from probst. Been a few jobs where it would of come in handy, but I hate to see the price on the thing. Looks handy to use on both pavers, and also for walloping wall block down to level for cap. I saw a plastic 'deadhead', long handled 8 lb sledge the other day that looked like it would of done the same thing, and it was only 15 bucks. Should of bought it just to try it out I guess.

  2. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    What type of pavers are we talking about here--interlocking concrete or clay/brick pavers? Not much mallet work for the interlocking concrete ones. In fact industry experts recommend not using mallet setting because it can create such a tight fit that the flexibility of the interlock is lost.
  3. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073

    Lanelle, concrete pavers.

    As for what the experts say, I'll say this.

    Any paver job I do, there are always 1 or 2 pavers/spots that are a little high/low after compaction. Now, if you think I am going to pull one paver out and take sand out from under it, then reset it instead of just wacking it a few times to level it out, the experts are nuts.

    Also, I guess the mallet is needed for spots that the compactor just doesn't get, like against walls/steps, or in areas that a compactor can't be used, like in stair treads and what not.


  4. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    If I have to tamp inidividual pavers, I use a 8"x8" hand tamper. I do have uses for mallets, and use the rubber headed ones. Not fond of the 'persuader' - if you watch the Probst video, you can see it leaving black scuff marks on the faces of the pavers. If you want to tap the sides of the brick, a steel toe works great!
  5. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    We got rid of our rubber hammer a long time ago, we do use a steel spade to straighten out a line of brick every now and then but hammers no!
  6. cuttingedgeland

    cuttingedgeland LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    We use an 18" heavy duty Tire Hammer which you can find in Gemplers catalog. It has a replaceable rubber head on one end and metal on the other side which adds some weight to it.
  7. stoneseller

    stoneseller LawnSite Member
    from MD Z7
    Messages: 84

    Try rawhide mallets. They are heavier than rubber mallets, about 4 lbs IIRC, and the rawhide striking ends are replacable. All my big paver customers buy them like crazy.
  8. neighborguy

    neighborguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    I just saw something on DIY Network show called Cool Tools. They highlighted a set of rubber hammer head covers that essentially convert any standard hammer into a rubber mallet by use of a head that fits over the hammer head. The product is called MalletHead. It is relatively inexpensive for a set of three different hardnesses. Just curious if anyone has tried it or not. I have used my fair share of normal rubber mallets and like everyone else is scared of the Probst Persuader pricing.
  9. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    Hmm... Anyone use the Halder Simplex mallets? I picked one up with red (hard) and black (medium hard) inserts but haven't had a chance to use it, or hit anyone with it.

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