Cutting for All Shaft Types
- Cut shafts to length using only a high-speed abrasive wheel cut-off tool designated for arrow shafts. Never use rotary tube cutters, a hacksaw or methods that can damage the tube and leave a rough cut.
- After cutting lightly chamfer the inside of the shaft, just enough to remove any burrs.
- Thoroughly clean the inside of the shaft with a cotton swab wetted with 91% to 99% isopropyl alcohol (not rubbing alcohol, which can contain oil).
CAUTIONS: Always wear a NIOSH approved dust mask and safety glasses when cutting any arrow shafts. Be sure to use a dust collector to vacuum up all of the carbon and/or aluminum dust when cutting arrow shafts.
Aluminum and Aluminum/Carbon Shafts Point and Insert Installation Instructions
Do not apply heat directly to the shaft.
- Heat a stick of Easton Hot Melt adhesive over a small gas flame until the adhesive is semi-fluid. Use only Easton hot melt adhesive.
- Apply a small ring of molten adhesive on the shaft end, just inside the shaft.
- To prevent over-heating A/C shafts, hold the point head in your fingers and carefully heat the shank end of the point or insert over a gas flame for 5 to 6 seconds. Be careful not to burn your fingers. (For aluminum shafts, pliers may be used to hold components, as overheating will happen less with the more conductive aluminum.) WARNING: OVER-HEATING SHAFT WILL VOID WARRANTY.
- Apply a film of adhesive completely around the entire shank of the point or insert.
- Put the point or insert about ¼” into the end of the shaft.
- Reheat the point for no more than 5 seconds to fully melt the adhesive.
- Without delay, slowly push the point into the shaft until it seats against the end of the shaft. Rotate point 1 or 2 revolutions while still warm. DO NOT FORCE A COMPONENT INTO THE SHAFT. Apply a little more heat to the POINT ONLY if the point “hangs up” during this step.
- Immediately, while adhesive is soft, wipe off any excess adhesive with a cloth or paper towel. Allow air-cooling in a point-down position.
- INSERTS: Use the same procedure as described. Install an RPS point into the insert prior to installation for ease of handling.
All-Carbon Shafts (other than HIT System) Point and Insert Installation Instructions
- Do not use hotmelt adhesive or apply heat to any all-carbon shaft, as it can weaken or cause damage to the shaft.
- Use Easton or AAE brand epoxy. Only 24-hour cure flexible two-part epoxies are recommended.
- Apply a small ring of adhesive, just inside the end of the shaft and a generous coating on the entire shank of the point or insert.
- Slowly twist the point or insert into shaft and seat it against end of shaft.
- Wipe off any excess adhesive with a cloth or paper towel.
- Stand the shaft vertically on the point or insert to cure. Be sure epoxy does not flow into insert threads.
- This is a permanent installation, and inserts cannot be removed without damaging the shaft.