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Tool handle and human height

 
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I find myself bending while I am working with a digger or spade. This puts a lot of stress at my back.

I am thinking, would it be beneficial to have a longer handle? Wouldn't that height proportional to a human's height somehow? Wouldn't we gain some mechanical advantage with a longer handle?

Any thoughts?
 
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You may be using the tools not to your best advantage,

There are best ways to dig, I can not put my finger on it right now but john jeavons has vedio  on the net showing best methods for digging.

W will look for it and post when I find it
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This will get you started and show other links

Also consider a broadfork.
 
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Hi Gurkan,
Reading your post brings more questions to my mind:
- Is your height far outside average statistical distribution?
- What tool-handle-length do you have now?

I find that, while I'm a bit taller than average, and quite a bit longer-armed than average, average tool handles work fine for me.

For me it has been a matter of learning better technique with my tools, and learning to use my tools (and frankly, my body) to best advantage in motions and leverage.
 
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I am 175cm and do Aikido pretty much all my life so I am aware of the pivot point, fulcrum etc. Maybe I need better tools, slightly sharpened on the edges so they go into the ground without much pressure.

Thanks for the video.
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