How to Remove a Broken Handle From a Shovel

Updated February 21, 2017

The handle on a shovel may look sturdy, but it can break under pressure. Many shovel handles are made out of wood, which is fairly inexpensive to replace if it snaps. Before putting in the new handle, however, you'll first need to remove the broken handle. The procedure isn't difficult.

Brush or wash off any dirt or muck on the shovel, using a brush or hose. This will make it easier to grip.

Insert the metal end of the shovel into a vice or clamp to keep it steady.

Remove any screws or rivets in the shovel collar, keeping the handle in place. Try to pop out the rivet with a pry bar. Once the rivet is loose, saw off the head with a hacksaw blade.

Remove as much of the shovel handle as you can by hand. Use the saw to cut the broken handle as near to the metal collar on the shovel as possible. Attach a bit to a drill and drill out the pieces of the handle still attached in the shovel collar. Pull these pieces out as you work.

Pry off any pieces of the handle stuck to the inside of the collar, if this is a glued-on handle, using an awl, pry bar or flat-blade screwdriver.


Wear work gloves when working around broken wooden handles to prevent getting splinters.

Things You'll Need

  • Brush or hose
  • Vice
  • Hacksaw
  • Flat-blade screwdriver
  • Pry bar
  • Awl
  • Drill with wood drilling bit
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Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.