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Re-seat a maul fiberglass handle?


I have a wood splitting maul with one of those yellow fiberglass handles that finally gave it up after splitting about 10 cords over the last few years. (Great exercise, gets your heart beating at the optimal fat-burning rate. )
Anyway, a few days ago the maul head just flew clean off the handle as I made a chop. Fortunately no injuries or damages..

I tried using a big wad of the knead-type epoxy putty inside the maul head where the previous stuff was (not sure if it was epoxy, but it was a very hard white plastic type material.)

II let it set for a day and the maul head was in solid and the epoxy was rock hard. I then tried to use it again. The epoxy held for about 25 whacks but then it loosened and the head came off again.

Any suggestions about other options or maybe a specific brand or type of epoxy to use that will "handle" a fiberglass maul handle?

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Ayuh,.... Throw the fiberglass handle away, 'n mount a wooden handle,...

Or,...

Toss the whole thing, 'n buy a new one,....
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Ayuh,.... Throw the fiberglass handle away, 'n mount a wooden handle,...

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Toss the whole thing, 'n buy a new one,....
I thought maybe you would say fill it in with Bondo.


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In my experience those Fiberglass handles don't last on any hammer / ax/ maul, that they are in.

The impact loosens them and they come apart.

Get a real oak handle and install it with the wedges, and go back to chopping wood.

The fiberglass handle is a good idea in theory, but in practicality it is lacking BIG TIME.


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I thought maybe you would say fill it in with Bondo.


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Ayuh,.... 'cept that's not where my handle comes from,...
Matter of fact, I HATE doin' body work, 'cause I HATE sandin',...

Last name is Bond, 'n I've been Bondo to my buds, since junior high school,...
Still am today,... it's also my artist signature I use on my sculptures in steel, aluminum, or concrete,...

'n Bondo is a polyester based fairin' putty,... No strength at all,...

If I were to suggest a way to fix yer maul, it would be mixin' yer own paste outa Epoxy, ground glass, 'n cabosil,...
But, I doubt it'll work very long, 'n epoxy hates sunlight, it degrades rather quickly,....

In my world, ash or hard maple are the preferred woods for such handles,...
One cool tool toy I like is the rubber blocks that mount on the handle just under the head for sledgehammers, 'n mauls,...
When ya reach too long on a swing, the tool bounces off the rubber, insteada diggin' a chip outa the handle just below the head,...
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Got it: "Bondo, James Bondo."

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My dad taught me to use a short piece of radiator hose attached with aviation clamp just below the head of the maul. This will keep the user from chipping the handle. I personally like hickory handles.
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I buy the Craftsman mauls, guaranteed for life. I get a new one for free about every five years when is about the time the head starts to loosen.
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I have two mauls, an 8 lb maul with wooden handle, and a 6 lb maul with the fiberglass handle. I split nine cords last year, all with the fiberglass handle (yellow, maybe the same as the OPS), with no problem. If the maul head comes off, I suppose I will buy another maul, because the handle plus epoxy to attach it is almost as much as a new maul.

I am a bit soured on the wooden handled maul, seems the quality of the handles is not as good as it was 10 years ago, they seem to break more frequently. I will be looking to see if I get another 9 cord out of the fiberglass handle.
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Well, being a natural-born ultra-frugal New England Yankee, yesterday I gave it one more try and "invested" $3.00 worth of liquid epoxy, the stuff in the dual syringes, and that seems to have worked.

I just got done with my morning workout and split about 25 blocks of 8-10" diameter shaggy bark juniper.

I've now split all the blocks I had on hand, so we'll have to wait until I can find another load of free or cheap wood to see if the maul is really going to hold up.

Thanks for the feedback guys and for the good fun, Mr. Bondo.
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