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Replacement Mattock Heads and Handles

Replacement mattock handles and heads

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replacement mattock heads, various sizes of mattock heads Mattock heads and handles can both be bought separately, so should the handle break or wear loose, or the head become damaged, then there is no need to go out and buy a whole new tool.

This also enables you to fit a lighter or heavier head in order to achieve the mattock weight that is most comfortable for you.

Make sure your mattock head and handle will fit together, It should be possible to replace the head or handle of any mattock, however you should buy them both from the same manufacturer, as ones from different manufacturers may vary slightly in size, making them hard to fit.
Screw head preventing mattock head from moving The head of a mattock is normally held in place solely on the taper at the top of the handle.

This can have a rubber surface on some fibreglass handles to improve the grip on the metal mattock head.

However, some people like to put a screw just under the mattock head on wooden handles to prevent the head from moving.

Replacing a mattock head or handle

mattock handle, handle base, tapered/wedged handle section The process of replacing the head or handle of a mattock is the same.

If the handle and head of the old mattock are still attached the first step is to separate them.

removing a mattock head, hold each side of the head, bang the base of the handle down on a solid surface

Step 1 – Remove the head

To remove the tool head, hold it with both hands and bang the thin end of the handle against a wooden board placed on a solid flat surface, until the head moves far enough down the handle to separate.

Wonkee donkee advice says "Don’t forget to use a wooden board to protect the handle when removing and replacing the head of your mattock."

sliding on a new mattock head, slide the head down the handle

Step 2 – Replace the head

Begin by holding the handle so the wider tapered end is resting on the ground.

Sliding a mattock head onto the handle, Check the head is the correct way up as you slide it on Then place the base of the handle through the top of the mattock head eye and slide the head down from the narrow base of the handle to the wider, tapered section.
fixing a new mattock head in place, firmly hit the top of the handle onto a firm solid base

Step 3 – Secure the head

Once the mattock head is sat on the tapered section of the handle, hold the thin end then raise it and firmly hit the wedged end of the handle onto a firm solid base.

Repeat this several times and it will secure the mattock head to the tapered part of the handle.

Once secured in place, the mattock head should hold firm and the force of using it will actually help keep the head in place on the handle.


You should check to see that the head is secure before you use your mattock. If it is loose, repeat step 3.

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