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Ronnie

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shortblade/long handle bat
« on: January 13, 2021, 01:38:23 AM »

apologies if this is a silly question, is there a diy way to make the blade of a sh bat shorter so it becomes a sb/lh bat but stays the same size overall, can you do it yourself/can a batmaker do it for you?
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Re: shortblade/long handle bat
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2021, 01:56:34 AM »

apologies if this is a silly question, is there a diy way to make the blade of a sh bat shorter so it becomes a sb/lh bat but stays the same size overall, can you do it yourself/can a batmaker do it for you?

You can certainly make the blade shorter by using a hand saw, but you wont be able to make the handle longer ;) it wont be an issue if you normally grip the bat below the knob of the handle - you can cut the blade and then grip the bat from the very top of the knob.
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Re: shortblade/long handle bat
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2021, 02:14:02 AM »

Buy a new bat. :P


In all seriousness, you could probably get a batmaker to machine an inch off the shoulders, and then reshape that one inch and bind. I personally would just not do this though, as this will change the balance/feel of the bat - unless you're looking for a project on a bat which isn't one you normally use!
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Re: shortblade/long handle bat
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2021, 03:16:41 AM »

Buy a new bat. :P


In all seriousness, you could probably get a batmaker to machine an inch off the shoulders, and then reshape that one inch and bind. I personally would just not do this though, as this will change the balance/feel of the bat - unless you're looking for a project on a bat which isn't one you normally use!

I would stay away from the shoulders - you could risk ruining the sturctural integrity of the bat, around the splice. Far, far easier to saw off a bit from the toe area. You can then use a sander to smooth / shape the new toe, as you see fit. I did this recently using a hand saw - just draw a line, and saw away. Barely takes a few minutes.
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Re: shortblade/long handle bat
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2021, 09:24:59 AM »

But then you make the bat shorter than SH length overall?
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Re: shortblade/long handle bat
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2021, 09:28:46 AM »

You can drop the shoulders pretty easily without any negative effects. That said, if you like the bat currently then leave it alone. If you don't like it, odds are that dropping the shoulders won't change that.
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Re: shortblade/long handle bat
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2021, 09:36:48 AM »

I would stay away from the shoulders - you could risk ruining the sturctural integrity of the bat, around the splice. Far, far easier to saw off a bit from the toe area. You can then use a sander to smooth / shape the new toe, as you see fit. I did this recently using a hand saw - just draw a line, and saw away. Barely takes a few minutes.


Yup, you most certainly could - but this won't achieve what the poster was asking for - you'd end up with a SBSH. I'd genuinely just get another bat if I wanted a SBLH - you're better off getting a bat that was made with that in mind and spliced/shaped accordingly. Personally I see SBLH as a way of getting more wood in the hitting area for the same weight, but is all a bit of a gimmick from experience, never really felt I was better or worse off while using one.

Chris Lynn used to do what you said as the slightly shorter setup worked for him, so GN Aus just made them all like that for him in the end rather than him sawing them himself!
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Re: shortblade/long handle bat
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2021, 09:53:55 AM »

B3 can do this, Ive referred my friend on who is sending them a couple of bats. Get in touch with @Butterfingerz

To keep it SH length you are looking at, taking length from the toe and rehandling the bat, or taking from the shoulders. For me, Id always go with taking from the shoulders but this will be more difficult in a DIY fashion, I imagine a bat maker could do it for you though - not sure how much they would charge.

Like others, Id probably recommend a new stick to save the messing around but I am also on this forum so it does influence the decision making when offered something new and shiny, willow related. 😀
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Re: shortblade/long handle bat
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2021, 10:17:41 AM »

Personally I wouldn't thought it worthwhile, just sell the bat and put it towards a new stick. I've used both and don't really feel it changes much for me, but that's just personal opinion.

To do it properly you'd need to rehandle it, which seems a waste of money to me on what is probably a perfectly good stick. You could just put that money towards a new one in your prefered set up/specs.
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Re: shortblade/long handle bat
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2021, 10:29:29 AM »

I'd agree with those suggesting just getting a new bat made up to the specs you want. Several bat makers on the forum who can do so at a very reasonably price and will make you a cracking stick.
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Re: shortblade/long handle bat
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2021, 10:37:47 AM »

thanks for the reply guys, i thought if it would be pretty simple i would have a go myself but doesnt look like thats the case, and i dont think id like it to be rehandled as its a perfectly good bat, just wanted to expiriment a little but i think i would probably leave it as it is
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Re: shortblade/long handle bat
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2021, 11:59:49 AM »

thanks for the reply guys, i thought if it would be pretty simple i would have a go myself but doesnt look like thats the case, and i dont think id like it to be rehandled as its a perfectly good bat, just wanted to expiriment a little but i think i would probably leave it as it is
Well it is possible based on my knowledge. You can cut the blade by an inch and add an inch of extension on top of your current handle. I have seen it before.
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Re: shortblade/long handle bat
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2021, 12:09:01 PM »

I had a few shortened and then rehandled with longer handle. The rehandle was a waste of money. Now I just pay $30 to have an inch taken off the toe and lengthen the handle myself.
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Re: shortblade/long handle bat
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2021, 12:25:58 PM »

I had a few shortened and then rehandled with longer handle. The rehandle was a waste of money. Now I just pay $30 to have an inch taken off the toe and lengthen the handle myself.

When you say lengthen the handle, how do you do this? I'm picturing somehow lengthening the knob at the top of the handle but doesn't that just mean you grip the handle in the same place with a bigger lump on the end of it?
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Re: shortblade/long handle bat
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2021, 09:25:07 PM »

Just drop the shoulders and re bind. Thats by far the easiest option?
Had it done to my B3, its a winner!
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