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To use a slide hammer, the tip of the tool is placed against the target object, and a weight on a rod, which is in line with the tip of the tool, is slid linearly toward the target. The weight hits a collar near the tip of the tool and the force of the impact is transferred to the target. The affect of a hammer blow to the target object is achieved without a hammer surface contacting the target surface. The slide hammer reduces the possibility of injury in two ways. Not only does it prevent the impact of hardened metal on metal, if the task is to remove a pin, it eliminates the need for you or someone else to hold the pin driver and risk being struck by the hammer.