1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)
    Caluwe - Passion for Fire and Water ( Pellet and Wood Hydronic and Space Heating)

new handle for a sledge

Post in 'The Gear' started by bryan, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. bryan

    bryan New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2012
    Messages:
    99
    Loc:
    Wilmington, DE
    Split the handle on my TrueTemper 8lb'er two weekends ago and went to put a new handle on it and ran into a snag. The original handle had a thick plastic sleeve that covered handle 4" or so below the head and ran continuously up through the head and formed a cap on the other side holding the hammer head on. I haven't found a similar handle at the store and a standard replacement handle is so small that that there is probably 1/2" of clearance around the handle. I've emailed TrueTemper if it can be fixed/repaired and they did reply with some questions, but thought I'd ask here if anyone's had an success with this issue.

    Just need to know if I am now the proud new owner of a 8lb paper weight.

    The good news was it forced me to finally by a maul and I invested in a X27 and all I can say is I wished I made that purchase months ago. The X27 is great, but there are some large gnarly pieces I need my sledge and wedges for.

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2008
    Messages:
    4,758
    Loc:
    Hamilton, IL
    i have the same handle on my maul, and have been wondering the same thing. I really like it and was hoping it would be easy to replace if I ever needed to. Theoretically that handle should last a long time, but I don't take good care of this one and it sits out in the weather far too often.

    Keep us posted.
  3. bryan

    bryan New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2012
    Messages:
    99
    Loc:
    Wilmington, DE
    From Ames TrueTemper customer service: "You need a handle that has the handle guard on it like our replacement handle 2036900.
    Our products are generally carried by most hardware stores such as Ace Hardware, True Value Hardware, Do It Best, Home Depot, Lowes, and Wal*Mart. If you cannot find what you want locally, you can order direct by calling our customer service line at 1-800-393-1846.
    Our office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST Monday through Friday. Thank you"


    I replied "Are you saying the pick handle will work with the sledge. Your website does not seem to show any handles except that one that have the handle guard."

    Customer service replied "Yes, it has the same dimensions."

    I'll see if I can find one locally and report back
  4. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2009
    Messages:
    1,615
    Loc:
    NW Indiana
    Kudos to you for attempting to re-handle the sledge in this throw-away world. Hope it works.
    ScotO likes this.
  5. Sean McGillicuddy

    Sean McGillicuddy Burning Hunk

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2012
    Messages:
    218
    Loc:
    Easton mass.
    That how I got my sledges!
    ScotO and mecreature like this.
  6. f3cbboy

    f3cbboy Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2009
    Messages:
    451
    Loc:
    rockland county, NY
    I have done this many times on mauls and sledges. (no not my inability to hit where i swing, i have a ten yr old who has been splittin with me for about 4 yrs. lol) I have bought replacement handles at lowes and put them on with no problems. I have never reused that plastic guard on the 8 pd sledge. I haven't needed to, my son stopped using teh sledge and uses the fiskars now.
    i was able to remove it twords the butt of the handle after cutting off the handle right at the maul head. pryed it away with a large flathead screwdriver and then it came right off. i am betting that you could put the guard near the stove or somthin to make it warm a bit more pliable and slide it right back up the handle...
  7. Ehouse

    Ehouse Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2011
    Messages:
    934
    Loc:
    Upstate NY
    Part of the enjoyment for me of hand splitting wood is re-hanging the occasional maul. I learned to hang a spike maul (bell hammer, because of the sound it makes when striking iron) my first week of work on the railroad. It's the same for a splitting maul. First, saw the head from the broken handle, then punch (or burn if it is stubborn) out the stub. Save the steel wedge if there is one. The oval hole in the maul head will have a taper. Usually, the head will be stamped with it's #s next to the hole at the narrow end of the taper. The new handle will come with a wooden wedge and usually a new steel one. Insert the pole in the hole (Oh Baby!). If it's tight,(Oh Baby Baby!!) work it down with a rasp or grinder. Don't soak the handle! Dry rot is not "dry" rot but comes from trapped moisture. Seat the maul head by holding 'er upright and banging 'er down on something hard. Drive in the wood wedge. Saw off the overhang, leaving about an eighth of an inch proud. Drive in the steel wedge and seat jt just below flush with the top of the maul head. Peen that eighth inch over a bit to lock 'er in and you're good to go. Don't forget to trim the tail of the handle to suit your stature, and run your grinder around the grip area.
    ScotO likes this.

Share This Page