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Not all of us have the best aim with a sledgehammer or an axe. That means missing the wedge when splitting or missing the branch when chopping. If you hit the tool’s shaft hard enough, you can damage or possibly split it; plus it doesn’t feel that good either — mentally or physically.

HandleSavers are sturdy rubber collars that fit over the shaft and sit next to the head of the tool, so if you miss with the head, you’ll soften the blow to the shaft and your arms.

Ultimate Tool Group sells four different HandleSavers shaft protectors.

  • The HS-1 for 8-12 lb. sledge hammers and splitting mauls
  • The HS-2 for 10-16 lb. sledge hammers and splitting mauls
  • The HS-3 for sledge hammers and splitting mauls with axe-eye type handles
  • The HS-4 for single and double bit axe handles

One HandleSavers handle protector will run you about $5.

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11 Responses to A Swing And A Miss

  1. tye says:

    Ill be like the rest of the moron losers who leave comments on the page

    my guys use the hammer more creatively they just throw that in the gang box and work for my awesome fake construction compay while i really work at home depot grinding keys and imaging things

  2. John Seiffer says:

    I’ve had one of these for years (not sure if it’s the same brand) but looking at how dinged it is, I’m sure I’d be needing a new handle or two by now.

  3. Coach James says:

    tye, you think you’re a loser because you work at Home Depot? Home Depot’s not that bad. I’m sure there are other reasons you’re a loser.

  4. Cameron Watt says:

    In my imaginary construction company I put them on the hammers but the crew cut them off! A part of me wishes that I just cut keys at The Home Despot. No cold calls, no responsibilities beyond my little key machine, guaranteed pay….

    Anyway…It seems to me that when I miss while hammering it’s usually at a point where I’m really tired and have no business swinging heavy objects….sometimes an overstrike is the hint I need to take a breather.

    I have half a dozen hammers that I use regularly (for my real company) and I find myself replacing a handle every few years; the cause is usually a mix of abuse and neglect.

    Once I had a helper(while working for somebody else’s real company) kill two handles in one week! I sort of regret replacing the handles myself at home rather than showing him how to do it; the way that boy swings a hammer, it’s a skill he needs. With him in mind, I welded bands onto the head of a sledge to protect the handle near the head but would have bought one of these if I had seen one in a store at that time.

  5. Old Coot says:

    Someone needs to tell tye’s mom that he’s off his meds again.

  6. bajajoaquin says:

    I’m a moron loser who leaves comments. I don’t own a construction company. I’m in marketing. I just like tools. I like Tye.

  7. JH says:

    If you overstrike you’re standing too close to the block or wedge.

  8. Mike47 says:

    I volunteer at a railroad museum, and we use spike mauls to drive spikes to hold rails to the ties. We strive to use traditional methods whenever possible. We break a lot of handles, but that’s accepted overhead of the business we are in. The laborers who built the railroads by hand didn’t prevent broken handles by using rubber collars, they strived to aim better. We honor their memory.

  9. shopmonger says:

    Tye that shows us just how low …low can get..Maybe you should use teh axe to remove that STICK….

    Anyway about the tools, i think that there is goos use for this, i dont use my axe or the sledge that often but when i do i occasionally do overstrikes and it would be nice to limit the vibration to my hands and arms, and would be really nice not to have to replace the handle.


    P.S. Tye if “Ill be like the rest of the moron losers who leave comments on the page ” you don’t like the page, or the site then don’t come around we just love tools, and you don’t have to have a company, you can be a banker and still love tools.

  10. bigboom says:

    This was posted on toolmonger a few years ago


  11. @bigboom:

    You are right.

    I usually do a pretty thorough search of the site before I post something, but somehow I missed this one despite it being a really easy search, Doh!

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