Does It Work: Life Hammer lose control of your car, crash, and become trapped inside...then what? The makers of both of these tools say they can be the difference between life and death--helping you smash your way out of a crumpled or sinking car. Do they really work? And is one better than the other? We try them before you buy them.
If you become trapped in a demolished or sinking car, getting out fast could mean the difference between life and death. The makers of these 2-hammers call them life-savers.
We test them at Affordable Auto Salvage in Lake Worth. First Jeff grabs the Life-Hammer by Innovation. It has a blade at the bottom to help crash survivors cut through a jammed seatbelt.
Jeff/Affordable Auto Salvage: "You have to pull it tight, let's see how it works."

The blade slices the belt in 3 seconds. Next, Jeff tests the double sided hammer.

Jeff/Affordable Auto Salvage: "This hammer has a steel point to break the glass."
One whack and the window's gone. The second hammer is Coleman's Powermate.
Jeff/Affordable Auto Salvage: "Now, let's try this one and see how it works."
The blade on the powermate is slightly larger--through the belt in just 2-seconds.
Jeff/Affordable Auto Salvage: "A little easier perhaps--not much difference."
Will there be a difference with the hammer itself?

Jeff/Affordable Auto Salvage: "Now, I'm going to try to break the window with this one. Smacking window, again and again."

It takes nine whacks with the Powermate to break free. For Jeff, the choice is clear.
Jeff/Affordable Auto Salvage: "Of my opinion of the two, this is the clear winner."

If you ever have to break out, avoid the windshield. The safety glass makes it a tough escape. The winner in our test, the "Life Hammer," sells for about 20 dollars. The Coleman Power-mate goes for about 10-bucks. We bought ours online but they are also available at auto discount shops.