Let’s just do a quick count here:
- Fixcraft’s Fixnut mounting system
- The now defunct but still great T-nut system
- Milwaukee’s new tooth’ed bolt/shaft mounting system
- MILK’s notched mounting system
All three of these fine companies have come up with fine mounting systems, and all of them do the job of keeping your mallet head attached to your mallet.
And so does a simple, 5 cent screw.
So why do bike polo equipment manufacturers go for developing all of these proprietary mounting systems? Are we just buying into fads or uniqueness instead of saving money and time by using what works?
I think there are a few factors. For one thing, there is an aesthetic achieved through the use of any of those listed mounting systems. A clean looking mallet is nice and all, but outside of vanity this serves almost no purpose.
Some may point to re-usability – all three of these systems let you re-use equipment in a modular way, which is a good case for all of them. But then again, think of the price and quality of wear: a cheap screw is…well…cheap. it also creates a small impact on the head of the mallet, allowing for multiple screw positions as a player rotates the head for wear. The biggest impact here is on the shaft of the mallet, which will inevitably begin wearing as you drill into it repeatedly. If you don’t believe me, just ask your mom about our night life.
mom joke: -1.
My point to this rambling diatribe is this: Before buying into the next big mallet hardware attachment system, ask yourself if it’s superior to the most basic one: is this better than a simple screw, and if it is, why?