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What are the different types of fencing maul handle?

What are the different types of
fencing maul handle?

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Wooden or fibreglass handles are available Fencing mauls can have either wooden or fibreglass handles.

Wooden maul handles

wooden handles are a traditional choice for fencing mauls Wooden handles are the traditional choice for most hand-held tools and the maul is no exception.

Wooden handles are usually made of hickory or ash.

Hickory is the strongest wood available and used for centuries of all manner of tools


Hickory is one of the strongest woods available. It has been used for centuries for all manner of tools, handles, cart wheels, supporting struts and even baseball bats.

Due to its course grain Hickory's shock absorbency abilities mean it is unlikely to crack or split. It is also weather resistant, therefore a common choice for handles. Hickory is a wood with a very coarse grain. Its shock-absorbing abilities mean that hickory handles are unlikely to split or crack.

Unlike other woods, hickory is weather-resistant and so is a common choice for handles that will go through years of everyday use.

Historically fencing maul handles were made from Ash. Ash

Historically, handles were made from ash. Nowadays, due to higher cost and limited availability of ash, it is a less common material than hickory.

Should wooden maul handles be treated?

wooden handles should be treated with boiled linseed oil. Wooden handles should be treated with boiled linseed oil to preserve the wood. The oil penetrates into the wood grain, keeping out water, which causes the wood to rot.

How is the maul head attached to the handle?

The fencing maul head is pressed onto a tapered hand to ensure a snug fit. When manufactured, the maul head is pressed onto the handle. The handle is tapered to ensure the head fits snugly on the shaft. For extra security, two metal pins are fitted through the top to ensure the wood is a tight fit.
Don’t wear gloves when using a wooden handle, it could slip out of your grip!

Fibreglass maul handles

fibreglass is fast becoming the first choice for handles on hand held tools Fibreglass is fast becoming the most popular choice for handles on hand-held tools.

A fibreglass handle is constructed by forcing fibreglass resin into a hollow space, the shape and length of the handle required. It has internal supports in weak spots for structural reinforcement.

the head is pressed on with a strong epoxy resin securing in place The head is pressed on and set, with a strong epoxy resin, to the handle which has a taper to ensure the head fits snugly on the shaft.
fibreglass is widely used for handles on stricking tools Fibreglass is now widely used for handles on striking tools and there are factors which are in its favour and against, as with any material
Wonkee Donkee maul in wheelbarrow in winter snow. Fibreglass is weather resistant without the need for treating, they are able to stand the wear and tear of everyday usage. Fibreglass handles are weather-resistant without needing to be treated, and are generally more resistant to the daily wear and tear of being thrown around in storage.
Fibreglass is light, strong and durable, lacking flexibility, it is also a more expensive option. Fibreglass is a light, very strong and durable material but lacks flexibility and is more expensive to purchase.
Wonkee Donkee skeleton using fencing maul. Users may feel more of an impact when using fibreglass tools. with vibrations travelling down the handle into wrists, hand, elbow and shoulder joints. As fibreglass handles absorb less shock, users may feel the effect of an impact, as vibrations travel down the handle and into the wrist, elbow and shoulder joints.

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