How To Determine Tool Handle Length

Tool handle lengths are listed on this site for general reference. For example, a 60P36C refers to a six-pound picked axe with 36″ curved hickory wooden handle. Since assembly requires at least one trim when handle is inserted into tool head, the overall finished length is always less than listed length. The amount removed varies from tool to tool, and no two wooden handles are exactly alike dimensionally. This is the nature of organic material. Fiberglass handles are assembled differently, but could also be slightly shorter than listed length depending on assembly methodology. Finished tools are therefore shorter in OAL (overall length) that the descriptor. This is accepted industry practice as it is the most logical way to describe product.

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