Prep / Assembly

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Apply a small ring of molten adhesive on the shaft end, just inside the shaft.
  3. 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.
  4. Apply a film of adhesive completely around the entire shank of the point or insert.
  5. Put the point or insert about ¼” into the end of the shaft.
  6. Reheat the point for no more than 5 seconds to fully melt the adhesive.
  7. 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.
  8. Immediately, while adhesive is soft, wipe off any excess adhesive with a cloth or paper towel. Allow air-cooling in a point-down position.
  9. 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

  1. Do not use hotmelt adhesive or apply heat to any all-carbon shaft, as it can weaken or cause damage to the shaft.
  2. Use Easton or AAE brand epoxy. Only 24-hour cure flexible two-part epoxies are recommended.
  3. 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.
  4. Slowly twist the point or insert into shaft and seat it against end of shaft.
  5. Wipe off any excess adhesive with a cloth or paper towel.
  6. Stand the shaft vertically on the point or insert to cure. Be sure epoxy does not flow into insert threads.
  7. This is a permanent installation, and inserts cannot be removed without damaging the shaft.