Since this area hosts all kinds of questions....here is one really "off topic". Wood or Plastic Handle Garden Tools. Any preference?

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Since this area hosts all kinds of questions....here is one really "off topic". Wood or Plastic Handle Garden Tools. Any preference?

Bignuf Bignuf
I'm replacing all my rusted rakes,hoes, shovels...etc, that have been rotting in storage for three years and which I now have place for at home. They were CHEAP to begin with and are useless now.

When looking at the choices, there are traditional WOOD handled garden tools and some now with ACRYLIC or PLASTIC handles. I am talking about HIGHER END quality tools now.

Anyone have any experience with the plastic ones? Are they as strong (or stronger). Do they hold up? Seems that PLASTIC could be cleaned way easier without "rotting" over time.

Which would you choose?

Thanks for sharing you experience.
09/25/2011
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Plastic is lighter, last longer and will not rot. About the only down side to plastic is once it does crack or break you can not just replace the handle.

I have a heavy maul that I use for splitting wood that has a plastic handle, one thing that is nice is the plastic does not carry the vibration as much when I miss. I have broke two wood handles in the three years I have had the plastic handled maul.

I also have a fiberglass handled shovel going on 12 years old, none of my wood handled shovels have lasted half as long.
09/25/2011
hjtee hjtee
I prefer the plastic just because I am scared to death of splinters. I try to never, ever purchase wood if I don't have to.
09/25/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
I prefer wood. Yes, plastic is normally more ergonomically designed, and lasts longer, but I prefer the feel of wood in my hand, as I till around in the bushes. And, yes, I am using innuendo.
09/26/2011
married with children married with children
for heavy tools, fiberglass. For the light hand tools, wood is ok. I never leave my tools out side, so the handles being wood is not a bad thing.
09/27/2011
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