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    • James Harvey
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      Have any of you guys seen this?

      I’ve always had my shafts cut at the shop as I thought some high speed cutting tool was required. I just went and gave it a go on an old broken shaft I had and it cut quite clean and easily.

      Does anyone have any concerns or considerations in regards to this?


    • Dave Nash
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      No concerns but looks like might be fun to play around with.Thanks for posting Jim.

    • RayB
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      Wish I would have seen this before I tried cutting one of my carbon test kit arrows, splintered the end with my hack saw.

      Thanks for posting

    • James Harvey
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      I was playing around with this this afternoon and tried a few different things. I found rather than cutting, rotating, cutting etc, like in the video, it was quicker and produced a straighter, better result to use the file just like a hacksaw to make the cut.

      I also knocked up a little jig to help overcome my natural incompetence.

      Anyway, seems to work quite well.


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    • David Coulter
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      That’s neat. I use a dremel with good success, but this requires only a bit of hand power. thanks, dwc

    • Etter1
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      Thanks for posting this?

      I’ve had six arrows riding around in my truck for four months now. Every time I go to Dick’s (my only option here) to get them cut, there is some sort of issue. Cut all six today in no time at all. They are as cleanly cut as any I’ve ever seen off of a saw.

      This is especially useful for tuning a new bow where you want to try several different length shafts. Quick, Easy, and I just like doing everything I can on my arrows.

      Thanks Aussy!!

    • Bender
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      Although a PITA, I would recommend to do rotate-cut-rotate-cut thing. If you’re accidentally cutting at any sort of angle, you may not know it. Rotating the shaft during the process solves that. You’ll be certain of getting a nice square cut. I even have a commercial arrow saw, but I rotate the shaft as it goes into the blade just to make sure. A crooked cut will lead to a crooked insert. A crooked insert will lead to a crooked point/broadhead that you will never be able to get straight. And that will really suck, ESPECIALLY with broadheads.

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