Our other sites:

What are the different types of handle grip?

Shop for Shovels

T-grip and D-grip handles. Both styles offer support when digging or scooping; the choice is a personal preference. A handle grip helps you to hold and control the shovel. There are two types of handle grips:

  • The T-grip (or Crutch)
  • The D-grip (or YD-grip)

Both styles offer support when digging or scooping, the choice is a personal preference.

T-Grip (Crutch)

This style of handle gives a better grip for either very large or very small hands, which don’t fit easily around a D handle. This style of handle gives a better grip for either very large or very small hands, which don’t fit easily around a D handle.

It’s also ideal for grasping with both hands on either side to apply more force downwards when digging in heavy soils.

The T-grip is usually found on wooden shafts. It is secured on the end of the shaft with glue and/or rivets.

D-Grip (YD-Grip)

A D-grip handle can be made from plastic, wood, metal or fibreglass or a combination of two A D-grip handle can be made from plastic, wood, metal or fibreglass or a combination of two. It is then either:

  • Mounted on a shaft and secured with glue and/or rivets (these grips tend not to hold up under extensive use)
  • Formed in one piece along with the handle (these are usually the sturdiest grips)
A cushioned handle grip will give a softer grip, making the shovel easier to hold  When choosing a shovel, look for a cushioned handle. This will:

  • Give a softer grip, making the shovel easier to hold
  • Lessen the impact on the wrist and hand
  • Reduce clamminess on hot days where moisture or perspiration may interfere with your grip.
Foam handle grips are easily wrapped around the top of the handle Alternatively, there are foam handle grips available as separate items from most hardware shops.

These are easily wrapped around the top of the handle.

Foam pipe insulation can be used to wrap around the handle grip hence cushioning your hands. Or you could measure and cut a piece of foam pipe insulation, cushion the top of the handle and secure with adhesive, if necessary.

Shovels with no handle

Shovels without a handle are useful for prising out deep-rooted plants and giving extra clout when throwing shovel loads of material into a pile. Some of the longer shafts do not have a handle on the end at all. The extra length of shaft allows a wider arm span for improved leverage and control of the shovel.

Shovels without a handle are useful for prising out deep-rooted plants and giving extra clout when throwing shovel loads of material into a pile.

The long shaft also eliminates stooping for the taller person.