First Look: Fixcraft Cleat Mounting System

Fixcraft Cleat (7)

Over the past few months, Sean from Fixcraft has been teasing me with hints and ambiguous emails about a mounting system he’s been working on (well, actually he just told me he was working on a mounting system. It really wasn’t that ambiguous). Last week I received a package from the good folks at Fixcraft with this little doodler inside :

Fixcraft Cleat (1)

So let’s just get right to it: if you know anything about me, you know that I am horrible at putting together mallets (just see a little bit of that here), so I was hesitant to build this one up without help. But, wanting to satisfy my own curiosity, I took to the challenge. It went like this:

  1. remove from packaging
  2. put cleat on cut-to-fit-cleat pole mount
  3. Put on pre-cut head.
  4. put in screw
  5. Tighten screw

Fixcraft Cleat (5)I want to say it took about 4 minutes, with 2 minutes of that time being me trying to not have the cleat fall off the pole when I was pushing the mallet head on (yes, I could have flipped it over and used gravity instead of fighting against it, shut up).

Once I tightened the aluminum screw down the head was solid and didn’t show a bit of movement. I spent the rest of the day carrying it around with me like a child with a new toy, swinging it absent-mindedly at the air and things that I thought would do better if flying through the air.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait long to use it. Sunday I traveled down to Richmond to play pickup with a handful of clubs. During the entire day I didn’t find a need to tighten the head even once, and after 5 hours of continuous play the most I can say against the cleat is that the aluminum screw wore some of it’s paint off on one side.

Fixcraft Cleat (6)Clearly one day of play isn’t enough to give this the stamp of approval or disapproval, but I can say this: out of all the other mounting systems I’ve used – wood screw included-this one was the easiest to set up, and certainly one that I had to worry about the least.

Fixcraft has noted that the cleat will be available within the next couple of weeks, and unless they are charging 25 bucks for this little hum-dinger, I’d say you should take note when they are up for sale.

 

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6 comments

  1. Horse says:

    Really fucking stoked for this.
    I’ve been crying for years for a mallet system that doesn’t require a machine shop to assemble.
    you wanna see polo grow? here’s a good place to start.

    How much, sean! HOW MUCH!!!!!!!!

  2. Fixcraft says:

    We don’t have a msrp on it just yet, but our goal is to make it affordable as a one off item, and a no brainer if you buy it as an add on option to one of our poles or complete mallet sets.

  3. Robo says:

    Didn’t Ian’s pole break where the screw ends… which had threads cut on the inside of the pole? Or maybe that’s another system?

    /real talk

    • Crusher says:

      That was a different system. I let him borrow mine after that happened.

    • Crusher says:

      Well, maybe I’m misreading your question: he did have the MKE system which has screws cut into the outside of the pole (which screws into the mounting hardware). This one is threaded on the inside of the shaft.

    • Fixcraft says:

      shouldn’t be our system that Ian was using. Currently only lancaster blog, 321 blog, nick kruse and some locals here in lawrence are using the system. We’ve been testing it since last year, we haven’t seen any breakage.

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