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Old 12-02-2011, 10:41 PM
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I wanted to try and make a T handle for my lecshe digger so I went to the hardware store and bought two 3/4 inch Tshaped PVC connectors for 35 cents each. I used my Gator Digger first as a test I took off the original grip and put some bonding puddy and super glue on the handle and then put the PVC T on top and let it sit for about 1 hr. I then tested it out in the yard and loved the way I could push harder in the ground with my whole palm It was perfect like a mini shovel. I then did the same to the Lecshe then I put black electrical tape on it and now i have 2 T handle diggers!!! I have another lecshe and gator so I can always go back. Im going to test it out at the park tomorrow.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:25 PM
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Awesome mod!!!! Looks much more comfortable and like you said, you'll get much more leverage that way. Great idea!!

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Old 12-02-2011, 11:35 PM
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Awesome mod!!!! Looks much more comfortable and like you said, you'll get much more leverage that way. Great idea!!
Thanks Chad, I hope the Mod works out I really like it and it was very cheap to make.

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Old 12-03-2011, 12:29 AM
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You know, this is worth passing along to the manufacturer. This is a better and more comfortable grip for digging. I don't own a Lecshe yet but I can tell that making a circular hole with it would be a little rough on the wrist over time. I've had carpal tunnel issues over the years so I wear a brace to keep my wrist where it belongs. This mod puts the digging for downward pressure on the palm of your hand and would make for more downward pressure and upward pressure would give be a much better grip.

Nice mod. I think I might try this out next season.

Edit: Maybe try this mod. Take another T-fitting and slide it down to the base of the digger. Then add a small length of PVC outward for a handle. That could offer a little more stability on two handed digs.

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Old 12-03-2011, 12:38 AM
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You know, this is worth passing along to the manufacturer. This is a better and more comfortable grip for digging. I don't own a Lecshe yet but I can tell that making a circular hole with it would be a little rough on the wrist over time. I've had carpal tunnel issues over the years so I wear a brace to keep my wrist where it belongs. This mod puts the digging for downward pressure on the palm of your hand and would make for more downward pressure and upward pressure would give be a much better grip.

Nice mod. I think I might try this out next season.

Edit: Maybe try this mod. Take another T-fitting and slide it down to the base of the digger. Then add a small length of PVC outward for a handle. That could offer a little more stability on two handed digs.
This mod would probably work with any digger just remove the grip. Its also very cheap to make prob about 2 dollars or so. I like the way it feels on my wrist. When I tested in in the yard The T handle was very comfortable and extra pushing power to dig without twisting my wrist. That Mod you mentioned might just work also, an extra handle to hold down with your left and push down on the T handle with your right hand might just work, I may try it on a older digger I have and see.

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Old 12-03-2011, 02:14 AM
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NICE!!!!

The Lesche has a great blade...but the handle is a touch short and doesn't have as much "pushing" ability as other "cheaper" diggers.

You fixed both issues!!! Without welding! VERY COOL!!


Hmmmmm.....will Plasti-Dip eat PVC?????

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Originally Posted by Dirt Nuker View post
You know, this is worth passing along to the manufacturer.
The manufacturer is aware, and takes note.
Have you not seen the Mini-Sampson yet?
Sure, the blade is a bit wider. But it sure is a nice digger!
Personally, I use the 31" Sampson because of the better leverage and takes the strain off of my wrists.
Still use my Lesche too, and may just have to try the "Tee" mod.
Good idea!
I think after adding the Tee I will dip the handle in Plasti-Dip to better secure and insulate the handle.
I use the same stuff to dip the end of my Garrett Pro Pointer in, to protect the tip, and it last a LONG time.
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Old 12-11-2011, 02:10 AM
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Orlando,

That thing works great. (I may just ask you to mod one of mine!) Early Christmas present!

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Hey usmceng1, I just put the t-handle on my new lesche. What a great idea. I want thank you for showing it to us. Great job, mine works perfect.

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That's great I'm glad it worked out for you. Mine is still going strong after weeks of abuse. The good thing is if you want to go back to the original strt handle you can easily. Happy. Hunting with your T handle lecshe.

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Nice! That looks great!
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If you have the red handle models you can get a Lowes # 22705 1" schedule 40 T that has threads that will fit (thread) onto your red cover. Easily removal if needed.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...groBGa1EccFKGA

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very creative, nice.

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... and may do so if I can find someone who can weld 4130 alloy. I've seen a lot of people gripping / pushing the crossguard at this location for extra leverage.

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I think I will try the threaded one over the orange rubber grip a try first. Great mod!

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Originally Posted by Jeff_PDX View post
... and may do so if I can find someone who can weld 4130 alloy. I've seen a lot of people gripping / pushing the crossguard at this location for extra leverage.

Give me that thing!

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Originally Posted by Jeff_PDX View post
... and may do so if I can find someone who can weld 4130 alloy. I've seen a lot of people gripping / pushing the crossguard at this location for extra leverage.

You couldn't dig very deep without making a huge hole. The wide guards are bad enough.

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Hey usmceng1, I liked your idea of a T handle so much that I welded one up in the shop. First one so it is a little rough. The blade is made of 420c steel which I intend to lightly harden (dont want it too hard and brittle). Great Idea. I briefly considered putting a pivoting handle on it like on a rotohammer but it works so well like it is I don't think it needs any gimicks. Thanks for the idea........................metalwrkr
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Originally Posted by metalwrkr View post
Hey usmceng1, I liked your idea of a T handle so much that I welded one up in the shop. First one so it is a little rough. The blade is made of 420c steel which I intend to lightly harden (dont want it too hard and brittle). Great Idea. I briefly considered putting a pivoting handle on it like on a rotohammer but it works so well like it is I don't think it needs any gimicks. Thanks for the idea........................metalwrkr
That's a cool tool. Did you make of just modify an original digger?
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I really like the PVC mod. Nice, simple, practical, and clearly effective. Will likely give it a try. Thanks for sharing!
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