I have been framing ten hours a day for the last fifteen years. I have gone through countless hickory handled hammers. I never really cared, i would just replace the handle and keep going. The i started to have a lot of pain in my shoulder and my arm would go num and tingly at night. I switched to a ti-bone a few years ago and the problems went away. The fact that i don't break handles anymore is also nice. It also has a magnetic nail holder for hard to reach spots and a nail puller an the side of the head for extra leverage. As far as power goes, i've always used a set, strike, sink rhythm and that didnt change when i switched. I didnt pay $200 either.