Finally made a T-handle.

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Finally made a T-handle.

Postby Primate » Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:39 am

I haven't posted here regularly in a very long time, but I thought I had to come back and share this.

I finally made myself a T-handle. Every now and then the idea would pop up to do it again, but for whatever reason I'd run into a real or imagined roadblock and put it the idea aside. The 2 or 3 times I actually went out to get the materials in that time the hardware store just didn't have any stock, or were missing a specific piece, or the wrong diameter, etc. Today I literally walked straight into a shelf full of galvanized steel pipe nipples and flanges, so I dumped all the parts in my trolley and spent the $28.

To give you and idea of the value, this holds as much as 40kg of weight with the plates I've got (could hold probably fit as much as 80kg if I used 10kg plates). For a 40kg kettlebell I'd be looking at around $120, not including delivery. For an adjustable kettlebell I'd be looking, insanely, at ~$220.

Simplest and one of the cheapest things I've ever made.

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Re: Finally made a T-handle.

Postby ato » Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:44 pm

Nice! The thing I regret about my DIY T-handle is the width of the handle- way wider than any kettlebell. You may want to take a hacksaw to yours, or get shorter nipples.
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Re: Finally made a T-handle.

Postby Primate » Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:44 pm

ato wrote:Nice! The thing I regret about my DIY T-handle is the width of the handle- way wider than any kettlebell. You may want to take a hacksaw to yours, or get shorter nipples.

Yeah I noticed that pretty quickly. I got 150mm nipples for the handles, the only other option was 100mm. Considering it's only a few $ and a matter of seconds to swap them over I'll probably get some 100mm ones to try out.

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Re: Finally made a T-handle.

Postby Faust » Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:58 pm

That is what I thought seeing your pics. Those long handles are a PITA when swinging. I still remember my first swings with a DIY handle for the pain in my upper legs where the metal hit. Every time. Get the short ones and don't worry about gpip length. You'll adjust very quickly.
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Re: Finally made a T-handle.

Postby RepublicJim » Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:45 pm

I concur regarding handle length. Mine has 4 inch (approximately 101mm) nipples for the handles, which my hands barely fit on, with my index fingers against the T in the middle. That width is comfortable and allows for a natural swing without the need to bow my legs. And, if I do occasionally hit my legs, it's the outside of my hands instead of steel pipe that makes contact.

Ever since I made my T-handle I have had no desire to purchase any kettlebells, for the same reasons mentioned (cost, versatility, and simplicity). It would be difficult or impossible to do one-handed swings or snatches, but I have no interest in doing that anyway. All my T-handle work consists of standard two-handed swings, either high-rep metabolic work or low-rep heavy swings for strength. For those uses the T-handle works perfectly. Definitely shorten the handles, and have fun using it!
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Re: Finally made a T-handle.

Postby Primate » Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:30 am

I've used it a couple of times now. I'm definitely going to get the shorter handles. To avoid hitting my legs I basically have to have my feet sumo width apart.

The wider handles will come in useful for doing ukranian deads or similar.

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Re: Finally made a T-handle.

Postby Waffles » Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:36 pm

I have a question for you guys. Does a T-handle swings feel similar to swinging a kettle bell?

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Re: Finally made a T-handle.

Postby Primate » Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:25 pm

Waffles wrote:I have a question for you guys. Does a T-handle swings feel similar to swinging a kettle bell?

Similar enough.

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Re: Finally made a T-handle.

Postby Waffles » Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:08 pm

Cool, ty for the reply. I'm kind of tempted in buying a plateau buster from Strongergrip.com, however it's $150. :doh:

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Re: Finally made a T-handle.

Postby Primate » Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:30 pm

Waffles wrote:Cool, ty for the reply. I'm kind of tempted in buying a plateau buster from Strongergrip.com, however it's $150. :doh:

Dude, you can make one in less than two minutes for literally one fifth of that price.


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