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    Handle

    I need a handle for an ordinary wood splitting maul. I've replaced about 3 wood ones so far. I'm thinking this time I will use an appropriately sized water pipe and just weld it in. What I need to know is how do I treat the pipe handle to eliminate the shock waves that will occur when I strike something with it? Also, would filling the handle with a solid material stiffen it against bending? If yes, what should I use?
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    Re: Handle

    Quote Originally Posted by art3427 View Post
    What I need to know is how do I treat the pipe handle to eliminate the shock waves that will occur when I strike something with it? Also, would filling the handle with a solid material stiffen it against bending? If yes, what should I use?
    I don't know that you can eliminate the shock waves. I've used mauls like you're talking about, and I thought I was going to lose the fillings in my teeth from the vibrations. Also, the weight of the handle destroyed the balance of the tool and really took a lot of the speed out of my swing. My maul has a composite handle. I've had it 10 years and haven't managed to break it yet.
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    Re: Handle

    I have once tried to use a sledge hamer with a water pipe for a handle. Not for me...... the vibrations are so tireing that it is impossible to swing the tool any more after a few blows.

    There is hickory in your country isn't it? Why not make a buch of hickory handles and store them in a dry place ready for use. A stockpile of consumables ready for quick replacement.
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    Re: Handle

    I have split maybe 10-20 cords with a 6 pound maul and wedge.

    I have been using the perfect solution for 15 years - maybe 20.

    I used to buy 4' green cordwood - not cut or split.

    One year I asked my wood dealer if he could deliver it presplit - sure, he said.
    I asked how much.
    He said $20 per cord.
    I almost ----.... well let's say - it's not a forum worthy word.
    The year was -- errr - 1986/1988?
    From then on I bought split wood 4' length.
    That was the last time I split any volume of wood with a maul.

    NOW and since about 2002 or so - I buy my wood already cut to length and split.
    My annual heating bill with purchased wood, cut and split in New England - is $400.
    I am not complaining.
    Could I save $50 by splitting it myself - sure - but why?

    Second best solution is a gas powered hydraulic splitter.

    Third best is a hand pump powered hydraulic splitter.
    Small volume.
    I would not want to split cords and cords this way.
    I have one from Harbor Freight.

    Last - wedge and 6 lb maul - but only as an absolute LAST resort. I mean - when there is a level of desperation where it is life or death.

    I cannot think of or recommend any solution other than than.

    Steel pipe? - not in this state of mind - no sir - not me.
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    Re: Handle

    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post

    Third best is a hand pump powered hydraulic splitter.
    Small volume.
    I would not want to split cords and cords this way.
    I have one from Harbor Freight.
    You can get an air powered hydraulic bottle jack and replace the one on the splitter and make it much faster.
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    Re: Handle

    I think TW had the best suggestion. Make a bunch of Hickory handles and replace the sledge handle as needed. If you do use steel pipe, maybe filling it with expanding foam would dampen the vibration a bit although it wouldn't lend any strength...none probably needed, either.

    I have a pile of Oak/Hickory logs to buck to length and split this fall, along with a stack of slabs from sawing. Some are from trees that died and others from some clearing I had done. I'll likely saw some of the logs into lumber (dread sawing Hickory) but there will still be 2 - 3 cords of firewood. I rent a gas-powered 22 ton hydraulic splitter every year to split my firewood.
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    Re: Handle

    Thanks guys. Here's what I've decided. I'm gonna' buy 2 hickory handles from Lowes. One to replace the broken one I removed 2 days ago. The other I will stash in my tool room in case of a future need. Actually, with my heart condition the last thing I need to be doing is splitting cords of wood by hand. Last year a cord of seasoned oak cut to length, split, delivered and stacked was $175 so why take the risk?
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