Sledge hammers are a must have for farm and ranch life. You split wood, drive objects into the ground, remove objects, install objects, bend things back, forge things, and bust up things with them. From 2 pound to 12 pound they have their jobs. Mechanics hammers are small sledge hammers even a forge hammer is basically a sledge hammer. Personally owning from a 2 pound mechanic hammer to a regular 8 pounder I have done a lot of work with them. Having them around saves a lot of headache since you will have one for every need. Try to get a fiberglass handle. Wood handles split and do not absorb as much as the shock from the impact and the new wooden handles seem to rot fast these days.