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Old 01-05-2011, 02:20 PM   #1
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Growing up whenever we had a tool that would break a handle, ie. axe, hammer or rake my mom would always take the head off the old handle and save it so she could put a new one on . I never once actually saw any of those tools get new handles. I suppose it was an instinct from her childhood or something to keep the heads and replace the handles.


The other day i picked up some replacement handles from a farm store and put a new handle on a broken hammer and axe, i have been asking around but the consensus seems to be that it is cheaper and easer to just replace broken tools. It only took about 15 minutes to replace each handle (first time i have done it tho) but given that handle was 6.00 and the price of a cheap hammer or axe at harbor freight is about the same...

So does anybody still replace handles when they break? The ones that i replaced were old "made in USA" tools so perhaps it was worth it.

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I've replaced some handles with solid steel stock that I had
For hammers I bought solid steel hammers
I'm doing some work cleaning out houses
A lot of it just goes to the dump, metal items are scrapped
I now have more hammers, saws, wrenches, screwdrivers & other tools then I need
And about 18 house fans

Saw some old fashioned drills, they went to the dump
Where you would hold the end & use your other hand to rotate around & drill the hole
My dad had one that I used as a kid

I guess it depends upon the tool
Some I think are worth repairing
But since I now have an almost steady supply I've been throwing out older stuff
You should see how many golf clubs get scrapped

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Saw some old fashioned drills, they went to the dump
Where you would hold the end & use your other hand to rotate around & drill the hole
My dad had one that I used as a kid
you mean this


that's not a drill, it's a brace ( GEESSHHH, these kids today with their saggy pants and video games....)

i just took two craftsman shovels and a rake to kmart for replacement under warranty. One had a splintering fiberglass handle, the other two had cracked wooden handles. gave me new ones, no questions asked.
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So does anybody still replace handles when they break? The ones that i replaced were old "made in USA" tools so perhaps it was worth it.
A lot of those old "made in USA" tools might still be under a lifetime warranty, you might want to check that before buying handles or tossing in the dumpster.

Growing up i worked in the neighborhood hardware store. We sold replacement cartridges ( basically the guts) for stanley tape measures. The funny part was stanley offered a lifetime warranty at that time. So if you came in and bought a cartridge, i sold it to you, but if you handed me the broken tape measure I gave you a brand new one! I always felt a little shady selling the cartridges, but it wasn't my business, so i just followed the rules...
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Replacing the handle on a good tool is almost always worth it. A good striking tool rarely costs less than $25.00. To repair it with a $6.00 handle is a good investment. Sure, you can get a cheap imported tool for about the same amount of money as the handle to repair a good tool, but good tools last a long time and they don't crack, chip, shatter or mushroom as readily as cheap tools. Tools that crack, chip, shatter and mushroom are dangerous for a lot of reasons, so in my opinion, there is no reason to even consider buying a cheap one. Fix your good one and work safely.
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I have a good friend that re-handles axes,hammers and chisels----He does it for fun and to trade for work----I love the balance of some of my old tools so re-handling an old tool is a good investment if the tool was a good one to begin with---
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My Dad taught me how to replace hammer handles. i remember him and me changing the handle on his ball peen hammer. He cut three notches around the handle and cared our family name in the handle. I was seven. He died in 88 and left me his tool box he used at work. I found that same hammer in the tool box.

I use it now for my sheet metal work.

ok I know that's off topic but the point is if the handle ever broke on it I would know how to replace it because my dad cared enough to show me how.

And I have several hammers with wood handles that I would replace.
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My Dad taught me how to replace hammer handles. i remember him and me changing the handle on his ball peen hammer. He cut three notches around the handle and cared our family name in the handle. I was seven. He died in 88 and left me his tool box he used at work. I found that same hammer in the tool box.
That's pretty cool. only thing that would have made it better was if he made the handle from a tree struck by lightning and carved " wonderboy" in the other side!

Great story, thanks for sharing
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That's pretty cool. only thing that would have made it better was if he made the handle from a tree struck by lightning and carved " wonderboy" in the other side!

Great story, thanks for sharing

I admit it....it sounds way too sentimental. So sue me...
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no, i was 100% sincere, that is an awesome story
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I've replaced handles on axes a few times. I used to cut wood a lot at camp, I used to actually enjoy it, but every now and then I'd miss the log and the handle would hit instead of the head, after a while the handle would break. I think Rose in Titanic had a better swing then I did as a kid. LOL

Now I find most tools have built in handles, usually made of metal or hard plastic, so don't think they can easily be replaced. Really it's kind of too bad the way they make stuff now, if it breaks you throw it out. I find this is such a bad way we live.
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no, i was 100% sincere, that is an awesome story
Yeah but if the handle was made of tree wood struck by lightening I would look like this when I used it
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That's pretty cool. only thing that would have made it better was if he made the handle from a tree struck by lightning and carved " wonderboy" in the other side!

Great story, thanks for sharing
- wasn't that from The Natural?
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- wasn't that from The Natural?

Had to go there, eh?
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I just replaced the handle on a ball peen hammer I inherited from my father-in-law. His tools were recovered from Hurricane Katrina flood waters. My mother-in-law was going to throw all of his tools in the trash. My wife is even happy now that she see it isn't just a piece of junk.

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