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What are garden trowel handles made of?

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Garden trowel handles can be made of three different types of material: plastic, rubber, and wood.

Plastic

Transplanting garden trowel with a plastic handle A plastic garden trowel handle is made from polypropylene. This is a type of thermoplastic polymer which has added colour pigments to produce a strong and colourful handle.

It is only available with traditional or transplanting garden trowel blades.

ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES
Advantages and disadvantages
  • Lightweight
  • Cheap
  • Brightly coloured – hard to lose in the garden
  • Waterproof
  • Soft grip
  • Breaks easily
  • Lack of garden trowel blade variety

Rubber

Transplanting garden trowel blade with a rubber handle A rubber garden trowel handle is made from a synthetic rubber, which contains materials such as petroleum and acetylene. It is used to create ergonomic handles. For more information, see What are the different types of garden trowel handle?

It is only available with a traditional or transplanting garden trowel blade.

ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES
Advantages and disadvantages
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Cheap
  • Waterproof
  • Lack of garden trowel blade variety

Wood

Cherry and ash wooden garden trowel handles on a planting garden trowel blade A wooden garden trowel handle can be made from ash, beech or cherrywood. Each variety provides a different aesthetic appearance and texture, for example an ash garden trowel handle has a light colouring.

It is the most common variety available as it can come with all types of garden trowel blade.

Cherrywood with a straight grain When choosing a wooden garden trowel handle, make sure the grain of the wood is straight; if it isn’t, the handle will not be as strong.

ADVANTAGES

DISADVANTAGES
Advantages and disadvantages
  • Resists shock
  • Durable
  • Easily repaired and maintained
  • Each handle is unique in appearance
  • Large variety of garden trowel blades
  • Can be expensive
  • Can splinter

Which type of garden trowel handle material should you choose?

Wooden garden trowel handle with a traditional garden trowel blade The best type to choose would be a wooden garden trowel handle as these are the most durable and the most commonly available.

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