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.