- Good Post Points
- Sonoma County
I relied on the 'dig' of flux core running hot to get penetration part way into the crack. There's little stress on the face by the trademark that would pull the crack apart. All the stress using the pruner is concentrated on the edge of the handle nearest the camera.I would have put a bit of a bevel to both sides of that crack
After the first photo I used the edge of the angle grinder wheel to cut a deep gouge through the crappy old weld on the edge of the handle nearest the camera, and up into that trademark face. Then ran a bead into that gouge, then several beads lengthwise up the handle across this bead to carry the stress using the pruner. That edge is now double the original manufactured thickness. I think it's stronger than the original I-beam shape that was designed for a shorter wood handle.