It’s Cordless Hammer Time

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The Auto Hammer is back!

Skil came out with a new PWRCore 12V brushless auto hammer, model AH6552A-10. It features a 3-position pivoting head and is advertised as being able to drive up to 3-1/2″ nails.

Update: A reader asked for an off-beat power tool gift idea for the holiday season. Rather than duplicate the effort, I thought I’d bring this Skil Auto Hammer intro post back to everyone’s attention, which was originally published on 2/17/22.

The Skil Auto Hammer has a magnetic collet, for easier nail-starting.

Its 3-position head can be adjusted to 0°, 45°, and 90°.

Key Features & Specs

  • Brushless motor
  • Drives nails up to 3.5″ (2d – 16d)
  • 4200 IPM impact rate
  • LED worklight
  • Magnetic sleeve
  • 9.22″ tool length
  • 1.94 lb tool weight

The kit comes with a charger and 2Ah battery. The battery has a built-in USB port that allows it to double as a power bank to charge electronic devices, and the PWR Jump charger can charge the battery to 25% in 5 minutes and 100% in 45 minutes.

Price: $99 (Kit with battery and charger)


The Auto Hammer is all about driving in nails in tight spaces, or for other applications where it might be difficult or awkward to swing a manual hammer.

Skil’s parent company came out with the first Auto Hammer more than 10 years ago, with the second generation model introducing the pivoting head design. Ryobi later came out with their own 12V-class model, but it was not on the market very long.

While this isn’t the type of tool everyone can use, it’s good to see its return. The new model features a brushless motor, and the battery has Skil’s PWR Assist USB port power bank feature. The $99 kit pricing seems fair.

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