How to Replace Garden Tool Handles

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How to Replace Garden Tool Handles
Broken tool handles are easy to repalce, but consider the cost of a new handle versus a new tool. (garden tools image by Joann Cooper from

Well-maintained tools often have a long life. Metal tools with wooden handles may require replacement after several years when the wooden handle rots away or breaks. Protect your wooden tools from this fate by storing them in an enclosed area during the winter months and protecting the tool from moisture. Make sure the handle has good moisture protection in the form of a water proof stain or paint. If the handle does break, find a replacement.

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Things you need

  • Vice
  • 5/16 or 3/8-inch drill bit
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver or dowel
  • Replacement handle

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  1. 1

    Set the metal part of the tool in a vice and secure it.

  2. 2

    Attach a drill bit to your drill and set the bit against the wood at the handle attachment, through whatever hole is accessible. Drill out as much wood as possible and pull out the old handle.

  3. 3

    Hit a screwdriver or dowel inside of the tool head to remove the excess wood that does not come out with drilling.

  4. 4

    Remove the head of the tool from the vice and set it on top of the new wooden handle. The wooden handle will be too large for the metal head.

  5. 5

    Hold the metal head of the tool on top of the replacement and handle and strike the bottom of the handle on the floor. The metal head will begin digging into the new handle.

  6. 6

    Drill new rivets into the handle to secure it into place.

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