Just for grins, try a cheap, ready-made tiller: Run down to your local Home Depot (or Lowes, or whatever) and find the section where they sell replacement handles for things like axes and such. It is very likely that you will find a perfect replacement for minimal investment. Make your life easy--find something about the same length as your existing tiller and make sure it is comfortable. IMHO, little else matters. Good luck! J.