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Drywall Tools – Hawk or Mud Pan?

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  • #476865
    58Chev
    Pro
    Etobicoke, ON

    For the past 25 – 30 years I have always used a Drywall Hawk.

    I see a lot of people using a mud pan these days.

    I tried to use a pan a couple of years ago and found it awkward. Maybe I’m just dead set in my ways?

    What do you guys prefer? and why?

    “If you don’t pass on the knowledge you have to others, it dies with you”
    — Glenn Botting

    #476872
    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    Im a pan guy. When I first spackled I had a hawk and used it for a couple of years. I was too messy and not good with it.

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #476882

    I’m a hawk guy, never really tried the pan, See many people using it, might have had try it and see how it feels.

    #476888
    Sir_Mixalot
    Pro
    Melbourne Beach, FL

    I use a mud pan when hand finishing, because I think I have more mud to spread on without reloading for a while.

    And I use a hawk when applying a hand texture, because I can get just the right amount of mud on my knife or trowel to keep the texture consistent.

    #476895
    58Chev
    Pro
    Etobicoke, ON

    I use a mud pan when hand finishing, because I think I have more mud to spread on without reloading for a while.

    And I use a hawk when applying a hand texture, because I can get just the right amount of mud on my knife or trowel to keep the texture consistent.



    @Sir_Mixalot
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    So a pan is good for a thinner mixture, I guess? Makes sense, I do have some mud to do in the coming weeks and maybe give it another go.

    Paul, ThanX good to see that pro uses both and reasoning for both.

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    — Glenn Botting

    #476900
    madman_us
    Pro
    Palm Springs, CA

    I’m not an expert drywaller but I have just used a mud pan so far. holds enough mud for me to tape couple joints and it doesnt dry out so fast.

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    #476936
    Doobie
    Moderator

    A hawk looks more effective and easier I suppose once you get used to it, but I’ve never tried it. I should though. A pan has limitations in ease of use.

    #476967
    Sprokitz
    Pro
    Eastern shore of, Pa

    Never tried a hawk for drywall, but have used them when re-pointing brick. I’ll use a pan unless it’s just a small area, then I just load up a 12″ knife and work off that as a makeshift hawk.

    #476969
    redwood
    Pro

    Pan only for me. I was always afraid of having the mud slide off the Hawk.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
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    #476984

    Stainless steel box with welded corners for me doing drywall work .

    Always willing to learn .

    #477019
    brianpeters
    Pro
    Murray, KY

    Years ago I worked for a drywall finisher, we used a hawk and trowel for the seams,used a pan when wiping down tape behind the banjo, as it was really thin mud.
    Nowadays the finishers I see use more automated tools , and all the hand work they do is with a pan and knives.

    #477022

    Years ago I worked for a drywall finisher, we used a hawk and trowel for the seams,used a pan when wiping down tape behind the banjo, as it was really thin mud.
    Nowadays the finishers I see use more automated tools , and all the hand work they do is with a pan and knives.

    I did work for a retired taper . He showed me his hawk . It wasn’t square anymore . He whore out the aluminum with his troweling .

    Those automatic machines really speed up finishing process . I’ve seen them once there setup it’s all business .

    Always willing to learn .

    #477028
    Doobie
    Moderator

    Pan only for me. I was always afraid of having the mud slide off the Hawk.

    That’s pretty well my reasoning for shying away from trying it. Although they are probably quicker to clean than a pan.

    #477037
    brianpeters
    Pro
    Murray, KY

    Pan only for me. I was always afraid of having the mud slide off the Hawk.

    That’s pretty well my reasoning for shying away from trying it. Although they are probably quicker to clean than a pan.

    With regular mud it stays on just fine. Sometimes it slides a little, when that happens, you just scrape it back to the top side.

    #477042
    58Chev
    Pro
    Etobicoke, ON

    Pan only for me. I was always afraid of having the mud slide off the Hawk.

    That’s pretty well my reasoning for shying away from trying it. Although they are probably quicker to clean than a pan.

    Takes some practice but for the most part it stays put. Much easier to keep clean.

    “If you don’t pass on the knowledge you have to others, it dies with you”
    — Glenn Botting

    #477057

    pan, just avoid the plastic ones. Metal strip slides out, knife doesn’t slde down the sides, harder to clean.

    #477073
    Warren6810
    Moderator
    Akron, OH

    pan, just avoid the plastic ones. Metal strip slides out, knife doesn’t slde down the sides, harder to clean.

    I will second that. I did buy a plastic one a long time ago. The steel edges pop out for cleaning, but the whole thing is tougher to clean, harder to get a good wipe with your knife, and just tends to make more of a mess.

    #477135
    roninohio
    Pro
    New Franklin, OH

    I am not a pro drywaller but have done quite a bit of it. I always just load my 12″ knife and work off of that. I keep the bucket of mud close by.

    #477149
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    Pan only for me. I was always afraid of having the mud slide off the Hawk.

    That’s pretty well my reasoning for shying away from trying it. Although they are probably quicker to clean than a pan.

    Same reason I only use a pan. I’m content with sticking to it…

    Jon P.
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    #477226
    RonW
    Moderator
    Holladay, Tn

    I’m a pan guy to. It’s just easier. A lot less thinking about all the mud falling off the hawk.

    Ron

    A Working Pro since 1994!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

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