DEULA instructors rely on SIMPLEX soft-face mallets
Operating at their location in Freising-Weihenstephan, DEULA Bayern GmbH is the vocational training centre for the “Green Industry”. They have made it their objective to provide young people with the information and handicraft skills they need to succeed in their day jobs as gardeners and farmers. Aside from knowing the right hand movements, picking the appropriate tools is paramount to success. In addition to offering unsurpassed quality, the SIMPLEX soft-face mallets engineered by Erwin Halder KG always furnish the user with the right mallet thanks to its modular design - whatever the application may be, which makes it ideal for a facility such as DEULA.
Perfectly matched and fine-tuned to one another based on the SIMPLEX principle, the individual components – handle, housing and inserts – can be replaced separately as needed. The exchangeable inserts with different degrees of hardness, for instance, make it possible to adapt the mallet to specific jobs and workpieces. A variety of housings lay the foundation for delivering the required impact force, while the ergonomically shaped handles made of premium wood or fibreglass ensure that the mallets always contour to the user’s hand.
Proving their worth in day-to-day operations
Handling Halder's original mallets on a daily basis as a master craftsman and instructor in DEULA’s inter-corporate training classes, Michael Guyens shows the trainees how to properly use the tools, e.g. when laying granite paving slabs to form a step stone path. “The size 60 SIMPLEX soft-face mallet with cast steel housing and the black and white insert has become my tool of choice for this task. If the impact force of the black is insufficient, I can just grab the white insert and keep going. This versatility makes increasing impact force a cinch. You can take the impact force to an even higher level by using the size 80 SIMPLEX mallet.”
Its popular black and white insert combination – composite rubber and super plastic – is an ideal choice for work in horticulture and landscaping such as curbstone setting and paving. The black insert is of medium hardness, provides impact cushioning, and is odourless and hard-wearing. Since slightly harder, the white insert is exceedingly robust and resistant to wear. Exceptionally resistant to breakage and boasting an overstrike protector integrated into the cast steel housing, this mallet is an outstanding all-purpose tool suitable for long-term use. What is more, the mallet dampens noise and reduces vibrations.
“In the past, stonemason's hammers with a large rubber extension were the tools of choice for laying granite slabs. One major downside of these tools is, however, that they are prone to slip off to the side on account of their large contact surface”, explains Michael Guyens. “The contact surface of the SIMPLEX soft-face mallet is smaller, thus reducing this effect significantly and allowing for cushioned strikes without any slipping.”
The right solution for sensitive materials
When it comes to laying slabs of red sandstone, which have a tendency to break easily, Michael Guyens recommends his trainees to use the size 60 SIMPLEX soft-face mallet along with the grey insert made of TPE mid. This combination is ideal for working with perfect accuracy on sensitive materials. Thanks to the low weight of the housing, the user can apply exactly the amount of impact force that is needed. Michael Guyens add: “Another advantage is that with this lighter tool you will not tire as fast as with the SIMPLEX mallet with cast steel housing. When selected for this task, the grey insert has a clear edge over any conventional rubber mallet: It leaves behind no traces while delivering the same degree of hardness as Halder's black insert.” And, those who need a slightly softer mallet can make use of Halder's blue insert made of TPF soft. That insert is abrasion-resistant as well.
Maximum power thanks to SUPERCRAFT
“The size 80 SIMPLEX soft-face mallet with long handle is a superb choice when it comes to driving in stakes and posts as is delivers tremendous impact force”, declares Michael Guyens. “However, there are occasions when you need even more power, e.g. when working in heavy loam soil, and this is when you want to resort to an exceptional alternative: Halder’s SUPERCRAFT mallet. Sporting a head filled with steel shot, the mallet does not rebound at all. This lack of rebound takes its impact force to an even higher level.”
The energy of the steel shot in the tubular head of the SUPERCRAFT mallet is transferred with a slight delay when the mallet's contact surface hits the workpiece. The reduced rebound allows the impact energy to be absorbed with perfect efficiency, resulting in extremely powerful impact. Other advantages SUPERCRAFT mallets possess over ordinary steel mallets are the reduced strain they put on the user’s joints and the low noise level they generate.
The right mallet for different fields of application
The various models of the SIMPLEX soft-face mallet have already proven their worth in a wide range of horticulture and landscaping applications. Aside from these mallets, the product selection offered by Erwin Halder KG also includes inserts made of plastic, nylon, soft metal and copper to allow for such additional applications as repair and maintenance work in the field of passenger cars and commercial vehicles.