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  • #31
    Thank you for those links, lynnl. I recently had to make an ash handle for a unique hammer head I picked up at an antique store. Not octagonal, as someone above suggested, but nicely hexagonal. I think it's going to be my go-to hammer for small items. Maybe I didn't look hard enough for something on the market that would have worked. Unfortunately, ash handles are soon to be a thing of the past because of the emerald ash borer. Too bad because ash is such a beautiful wood and perfect for some purposes that no other wood will serve so well.

    Now, to check out some of those shovel recommendations. Unfortunately, A.M. Leonard is off the list. I have one of those, and I would have to start over as an 18-year-old before I MIGHT find it handy to use.

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    • #32
      You might check with any Amish or Mennonites in your area for handles. They use the blades or hammer heads till the metal is gone. I sure some of the tools have been through many handles and probably generations. The ones that have a carpentry shop would know. They would make handles for "Use".

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      • #33
        These shovels seem to be pretty good:



        About a year ago Suburban Ace Hardware had a sale on yard tools something like two for $30, and I bought a pretty nice shovel and rake. They have fairly fat red fiberglass handles with foam rubber grip, but I like them.

        I replaced the handle on one old shovel, by removing the rotten broken part and whittling the remainder to fit.


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        I also have an even older shovel that may have belonged to my grandfather in Germany, so perhaps 1920's vintage:
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        Paul , P S Technology, Inc. and MrTibbs
        USA Maryland 21030

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        • #34
          Originally posted by PStechPaul View Post
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          I also have an even older shovel that may have belonged to my grandfather in Germany, so perhaps 1920's vintage:
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          ... now *that* is a good shovel handle! I like it! I would apply some boiled linseed oil with steel wool, all over it once a year and enjoy the heck out of it.
          25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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          • #35
            I thought the best shovels are hydraulic operated?

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            • #36
              Originally posted by RB211 View Post
              I thought the best shovels are hydraulic operated?
              This comes from a man who flies a hydraulic operated plane.

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              • #37
                I dig a good shovel.
                Sorry.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Tungsten dipper View Post

                  This comes from a man who flies a hydraulic operated plane.
                  I like my toys.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Illinoyance View Post
                    There is no such thing as a good shovel or a bad p.......... .
                    Amen!
                    Len

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by RB211 View Post
                      I thought the best shovels are hydraulic operated?
                      They used to catch out inexperienced laborers that way.
                      "Hey, want to learn how to run a PH?"
                      The newbie, thinking it was a P&H crane, always said "YEAH!"
                      He'd get handed a shovel and told "Here you go. A Pine Handle!"
                      Len

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by QSIMDO View Post

                        They used to catch out inexperienced laborers that way.
                        "Hey, want to learn how to run a PH?"
                        The newbie, thinking it was a P&H crane, always said "YEAH!"
                        He'd get handed a shovel and told "Here you go. A Pine Handle!"
                        Don't get me wrong, I love manual labor. Last few days home I was clearing a lot of trees and logs. First day at work sitting around a hotel room, my body was jonesing for hard manual labor, was craving it.

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