Another important consideration when selecting a maul is the handle’s material. Paver’s mauls have either a wooden or a fibreglass handle. Both offer strength and durability, and both absorb shock and vibration from all that knocking. When making your choice, it is not a matter of which handle is right and which is wrong but what meets your personal taste. If possible, hold one in each hand and decide.
Fibreglass is basically glass-reinforced plastic. A fibreglass handle is secured firmly in place with glue.
A fibreglass handle is weatherproof and does not shrink or crack like wood does.
There is usually a rubber-like grip at the end of the handle that is easy to hold and helps prevent slips and potential accidents.
Fibreglass is heavier than wood, which can cause problems for those who suffer with wrist and elbow pain. Unlike wood, it cannot be modified to your grip.
The handle is not as easy as a wooden handle to replace.
A wooden maul handle is usually made from a hardwood such as ash or hickory and is kept snugly in place with wedges.
Wood is resilient but requires regular maintenance to keep it long-lasting. It can shrink and expand with the weather, and is susceptible to the drying effects of humidity.