The Slammer is one of the most useful and versatile tools on the planet. The slide-hammer concept has been around for ages, but the design and materials used for the Slammer has been a 23-year evolution of countless prototypes to make it as sturdy and robust as possible.
It gives the user the mechanical advantage of a lot of force to a small area, focusing the energy to where you want it, over and over again. People used to carry a crowbar (digging bar), mattock/grubber, axe and spade in their work truck. When dealing with hard ground, roots, rocks, concrete and well-compacted soil types (clay, sedimentary, conglomerates) these tools are standard. Once they start using the Slammer people find not only does it take less time to complete a task, it uses a completely different set of muscles that does not hurt their back.
The key to this is to grip the bar with your hands, but use your legs to get your body to move the bar up and down, rather than your arms. The other big feature is once the tool is driven into an ugly patch, to get it out can be a lot of work. This is why the head of the tool looks the way it does - you rock the tool from side to side to “walk it out”. If you work smart, you can work more productively.
We are a New Zealand owned business with a unique product that we believe is value for money, eco-friendly and multipurpose.
Our business has been built on innovative design and a close trusted relationship with our New Zealand manufacturer, Templeton and Son's Engineering. We are an ambitious company with goals of supplying our local and international markets with quality tools made to last.
We have filed our PCT patent around the world to engage contract manufacturers in targeted countries to supply the world's biggest markets with our tools.
The Slammer wasn't initially made to sell commercially. Inventor TJ Irvin wanted a simple, indestructible, multi-use tool for his own tough, labour-intensive jobs. When clients, friends and co-workers saw the Slammer and wanted one, The Slammer Ltd was born.
The human resource is the resource least utilised resource. Our Slammer philosophy is to empower the labour force and encourage people to be more self-reliant using innovation rather than automation. Using the Slammer tools can reduce the use of heavy machinery and herbicides which we believe is positive for the environment. The Slammer provides an easy to use alternative to mechanisation in undeveloped and emerging economies, creating jobs and economic growth.
All Slammers come packaged in discarded mountain bike tyres. It's a great sheath for the tool and and keeps unrecycleable tyres out of landfill.
Aaron Clark, Bellclark Construction
Thanks for the Slammer, we have used it on a wide variety of jobs from demolition, lifting asphalt, through to digging holes and it has preformed very well. We are about to start work on a project on Great Barrier Island where there is no mains power where it will come in to it’s own. I have lent it to a friend and he does not want to give it back!!! Speaks for itself.
Raewyn and Robert Powe
We brought this thing at the Mosgiel A & P show and its the best gardening tool man ever invented. We had done some alterations around the property and the ground got so hard it was like concrete, The Slammer broke it up with ease so I took it around to some old concrete and started smashing it up. Still no trouble to it but I thought I had better stop otherwise the wife would shoot me if I damaged her new gardening tool.
Thanks for selling it to us.
Greg Inwood, Landscape Gardener / Builder
The Slammer - second to none for dividing and removing flax and yucca. Have successfully used the Slammer for digging post holes in tough, dry, rocky soil conditions.
Great for foundation work, splitting stones and tree planting. Everyone should have one.
Great tool for fencing. Used it to pull my truck out. Goes everywhere with me now.
Roscoe Davies, Field Operations - Treblecone Ski Resort
We use the Slammer for chopping ice off the concrete decks around the base building. It's a great tool, easy to use, fast and efficient for ice removal.
Chris Brown, President of NZ Bamboo Society
What a tool! I got inspired after selling our last two black bamboo and within 1/2 hour I had dug enough to make 10 new plants. The next job is to divide up a big clumping bamboo we cut down to ground level before it takes off again.
I have asked Larry to write about how his slammer is going for our next magazine.