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First off, I hope this is the right section for this question. If not, please move.

Is it safe to have holes in the Axe or Shovel handle?? I'm working on a holder/mount for these and I'm trying to figure mounting options for my design. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Would depend on the type of handle, how you drill the hole, where the hole is located, and how hard you use them.

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I assume you'll have at least 2 holes. The one at the top end won't be a problem. The one near the business end could be. Drill it front to back on the shovel. Use the smallest hole you can. Dig and chop, but pry as little as possible.
 

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Probably O.K. for a fiberglass shaft but will make a serious weak spot on a wood shaft and will allow water to collect inside the hole and rot from the inside. Napolean is right. It will tend to break at the distal hole. If you drill out a wooden shaft, at least coat the inside of the hole with marine varnish or Watco oil.
Use an axe with a synthetic handle too-stronger and lighter.

Add: your avatar creeps me out a bit as well. Are you a child psycologist?
 

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Fibreglass or steel yes, no problem. After a while the unsealed ends of the fibreglass may start to fray, but provided you are not trying to lift your FJ with the handle it should be fine.

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I bought these the are pretty nice... also bough the hi-lift mount
fourtreks .com
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Instead of drilling holes in the handles would quick fists work for your application? I originally put my axe and shovel inside the back door with quick fists. I have since removed the shovel because I just don't like the one I have.
 

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On my last Jeep, I drilled into the wooden handles of an axe and a shovel. But then, I tapped steel sleeves into the holes - the I.D. was like a 1/4"... then I ran a bolt from the inside of the roof rack (basket), put a nut on the bolt to secure it to the rack, then the shovel/axe then a wingnut - never rattled... worked great. The shovel and axe never seemed affected by the holes.
 

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You shouldn't have a problem with any material you drill through for a handle. No holes is better, though. Any material you remove creates a possible failure area. Shovels are for digging...not prying big, heavy stuff loose. More small shovel fulls of material will save your back and lessen the chance of handle breakage. :)

I've got a shovel that's almost as old as me with two holes (1/4") in the handle (wood) and it has shoveled just fine all these years.
 

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Thanks for the great info. I'll order a couple of the quick fists to have on hand while trying to figure out my options. Where did you get yours from??
 

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just be careful when you drill it
 

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Sierra Expeditions has them. Not sure who else has them.
 

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I have holes in both my fiberglass axe and shovel from when I use to keep them on my roof in my homemade mounts.

The holds have not seemed to weaken either tool.



I no longer use the home brewed roof mounts, I use Fourtrek's dual ax/shovel mounts which use the Quickfist things.



Dual Modular Tool Mounts

They use the same round rings as my Hi-Lift mount.



Hi-Lift Roll Bar Mounts 1.75
 

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Not to be a smart ass, but what is everyone's obsession with mounting axes on their FJs? It has to be for looks. Granted it does make the rig look like it is ready for the wilderness, but come on. If you need something for emergencies like cutting tree limbs, why not carry a small tree saw. Those are about 10% of the size and weight of an axe. Some of them are small enough to fit in the storage compartment where the jack mounts.

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