Tri-Lobed Grip – this is what sets our handles apart from all others, in wood turning its important to have good control for that a good grip is paramount. Our shape of grip is ergonomically designed to provide this very comfortable easy grip that reduces fatigue by reducing the gripping pressure required. The shape of the grip the rubber and the lead shot inside all work in concert to absorb vibration there by eliminating Carpal Tunnel problems associated with woodturning. Longer hours of turning with less pain!
Small Handles are molded on a 3/4” dia tube 18” long and have a 1/2” dia hole, which takes the 1/2” steel and the 3/8” steel with an aluminum insert glued to the steel. This means a single small handle could be used for these two pieces of steel. With the collet handle they are easily interchangeable and can also be removed for grinding and/or travel.
Large Handles are molded on a 1” dia tube 22” long and have a 3/4” hole, the 3/4”, 1” and 1 1⁄4” steel all have 3/4” tangs and the 5/8” steel goes in with an aluminum insert glued to the steel.
Steel purchased from HannesTool has all tangs fine tuned for that perfect “POP” fit when it is pulled quickly out. The holes in the handles are nominal 1⁄2” and 3⁄4” the tangs need to be 3 to 5 thousandths undersized for that slip fit tolerance. With the perfect tolerance collet handles require only one wrench to snug the collet around the steel sufficiently for woodturning. Over tightening could damage the treads on the aluminum and is not recommended or necessary.
HannesTool handles are provided with a wood plug inserted and secured right behind the steel to retain the lead shot while there is no steel in the handle.
“Handles that Talk” – When installing the steel in the handle it’s important to line up the flute with a lobe of the handle, this orientation of flute to lobe communicates the location of the flute even at times when the flute is not visible, this “talk” is a kind of intelligence and is what we refer to when we call the HannesTool the intelligent choice!