Archery Annoyances #1 – Spare Parts & Tools
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Archery Annoyances #1 – Spare Parts & Tools

August 16, 2019

When people approach me at the range, there’s usually one reason: For some reason, I’m the only person on the range with a hex key set. Now, I’m all for lending and borrowing and stuff, and that’s pretty much what the club is for, but I’m often dazzled by how much easier it is to have your own set of tools and your spare parts. So, in this video, we’ll be looking at a few things that you should be carrying in your kit, just to make life easier. Let’s start with hex keys. These are used for most pieces of archery equipment, including your sight, plunger, and riser. Most of them use a small range of Imperial measurements, depending on the item, it may or may not come with its own wrenches. Even if it does, it quickly becomes clumsy to carry so many separate wrenches. You can get a set of hex wrenches from your hardware store, either as a kit, or a multi-tool. You can also buy an archery specific tool, like this Easton hex wrench from pro shops, which contain the most commonly used wrench sizes. Since you will often be making adjustments, this tool is a must to have on you at all times. In fact, I carry several single wrenches in case I need to use 2 at once. On the same note, a screwdriver is pretty handy in general. Some bits of equipment use regular screws. Again, you can carry individual screwdrivers or a multitool, which you can get from your local hardware store. Household items such as scissors, tape and double-sided tape are also useful to have in your bag. It’s amazing to see how many people go through the regular hassle of having to look for something like these instead of bringing their own. Spare screws isn’t a bad idea. Things do come out at times, especially if you’re not constantly checking your bow for rattling. I carry a handful of spare arrow rests. These plastic Hoyt Super rests only cost a few dollars, but can last thousands of arrows. I have incredibly bad luck with rests. My Win & Win rest snapped pretty early, and my Shibuya rest didn’t stick on properly and it flew off on the first shot. I’ve seen people break their rest on the line, and suddenly, they can’t shoot anymore. Having a couple of these in your bag isn’t a bad idea, they only cost a few bucks, and you can get your bow back into action immediately. Bowstring wax is essential. A lot of new archers don’t have wax, and often don’t know what it does. Dry strings can become stiff, and become frayed easily. A stick only costs a few dollars, so keep one in your pouch. Then there are various other tools you may need. Here, I have Easton pliers, but any pair of pliers will do. Spare vanes, and a bottle of glue, such as FeltchTite can get your arrows back into action in case you need to repair vanes or nocks. A lighter and a block of glue are needed for replacing inserts and points. I use Cool Melt, which has a much lower melting point making it easier to do a quick field repair, without having to use a blow torch. And there are lots of other things which you may want to put in your bag. Personally, I carry a spare shoelace, just in case I need to make another finger sling. Point being, however, is that you should seriously look at your inventory, and see what you are missing. If you find yourself borrowing things most of the time, this may be a precaution, for you to start carrying your own tools and spare parts, because you can’t always ask people, especially when you’re on the line, and you’re competing. And the number 1 annoyance with people borrowing things, is when they don’t give it back! So, do yourself a favour – next time you do an order for archery supplies, do a quick check as to what you might need, and get it yourself. Thanks for watching guys, and I’ll see you next time.

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  1. Nice video! as always, i love your videos. Its very helpful, can you make a video about arrow rests, i can't find any good information ;(

  2. Like your videos NUSensei, I'm an amateur traditional archer, the more I shoot the more I love it! So do you work as a coach?

  3. I have a PSE Razorback, 25 lg., 66" length bow.  I noticed today my string is beginning to fray at the loop ends where the loop sides come into contact with the limb string groove.  My questions in this regard; how long do strings typically last?  Is the kind of fraying I am seeing on my string common failure locations?  I was looking at strings and people's comments regarding them on the Lancaster Archery website where they comment about strings stretching.  Are there certain string types that are more prone to stretching?  How many strands in the string should I get?  14, 16, 18?  Do people typically have at least one back up string they always carry with them with they are out at the range?

    Oh, one more questions, is there anything I can do to repair the fraying of the string and/or prevent it from happening on replacement strings?

    BTW, calculated the approximate number of arrows shot since I got this bow & string to be around 2500 shots.

    Thanks a lot for your help.
    Best regards,

  4. Our empire is gone but someone is still using our "Imperial measurements".
    Who would've thought the first people to rebel would be the last ones to use our outdated system…..

  5. Well my clicker has very strange hex wrench sizes. They seem to be between 2 sizes. The shop i bought the clicker from could lend me an archery wrench set and it fit perfectly so i wonder if they are just trying to sell their own sets.

  6. Hey, Nu.
    I seen in your video, you have unluck with your arrowrests. Did you ever try arrow rests which you screw onto your bow like the Cavalier Free Flyte Magnetic or the Free Flyte Elite? this kind of rests were my choise the time before and they made a good service.

  7. I got out burrowing spare parts years ago. I now keep a small supply of spare parts and other vital essentials on my person. Strangely though my arrow rest has never had a failure. It has worked perfectly for years. No faults, no mess.

  8. This is how I felt in Carpentry school….I constantly had other students coming to me for spare pencils or tools…Bring your own gear!

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