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Thread: My $20.00 Bow Press

  1. #801
    Hello race59; I made this press and I love it. I don't use any of the extra holes, not needed. I shoot Hoyt , Martin and Jennings . All press easily with no effort. Thanks , now I'll have 300 to stick into something else.

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    Any new improvements to this unit?
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  3. #803
    Done very well, and more importantly, cheap !



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    This is simply brilliant. I've got a couple pipe clamps in the back yard. Now I know what i'm going to do with one!!!

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    this is great,
    I experienced an issue with my bow fisher today, and have to remove to string,
    was going to take to the shop, but decided for a cheaper option incase it happens again

    thanks all!

    -bb

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    I realize that this is an old thread, but hopefully, I'll get a response to my question. I'm about to build this press, my question is with my Hoyt Contender w/ xt3000limbs will I have to back off the limb bolts or can I leave the set to max weight. The biggest pain that I have in tuning the bow, ie, making all of the necessary adjustments, is always turning the bolts in and out after each adjustment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHG View Post
    I realize that this is an old thread, but hopefully, I'll get a response to my question. I'm about to build this press, my question is with my Hoyt Contender w/ xt3000limbs will I have to back off the limb bolts or can I leave the set to max weight. The biggest pain that I have in tuning the bow, ie, making all of the necessary adjustments, is always turning the bolts in and out after each adjustment.

    A press is a press is a press.....I don't know about Hoyt, but if you have to back it down to press it, then you would do the same with this one! I built one that I no longer use, PM me if you are interested.

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    That is such a great idea! I'm going to make one this would be perfect for me to tie in peeps and change strings.
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    subscribing!!!!!

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    That is a freakin' awesome press idea...perfect for what I need, but how could I make some fingers to work with a Destroyer 350
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    ^ I should have pics in a few hours of my invasion in the press...time to call it a night though. I CANT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR THIS THREAD!

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    Once I find some were to buy fingers I'm going to make one of these,simple,cheap and effective!
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    I finally built mine a couple of months ago. I used oak for the fingers, as I don't have a welder. It works better than I thought it would. I've pressed an old Browning Trophy Maker, 2005 PSE Primos STL, Hoyt Ruckus, and 2010 Elite Z 28 which is considered past parallel. This press has saved me a ton of time and money doing my own tuning and tinkering. Thanks so much for the great idea.
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  15. #815
    Nice idea i really like how simple it is

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    I might just be lazy for not reading every single post on this thread, but where can you get these "fingers' at? Harbor Freight? Lowes? i read several of the posts but didnt see anywjere if it said where these could be picked up at. Thanks

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    Made one of these up last year. Tried using it on my Insanity. I have the fingers like the post above. As I was removing a cable the finger bent and the bow came popping out out. pretty scary. Is there any way to make sure the fingers don't straighten back out?

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    Fingers straighten out? As in bending? I have made these with 3/16" and 1/4" steel and it won't bend. I have built them with 3/4" oak with no problem. If the length of the fingers is increased I would use thicker material or reinforce it.

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    yes the fingers went from the 7 or 10 degree bend to past straight the other way. I have 1/4 inch steel. I am trying to figure a way to reinforce or somehow harden them when they are bent back to the 7-10 degree angle. Any ideas?

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    once bent it will be weaker than original. welding a piece of flat stock perp to the back would be the only way i could think of reinforcing it.

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    sweet idea i got a saw from harbor freight and made arrow saw really cheap also
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    48" HD I-Bar Clamp

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    Has anyone tried using an I-Bar clamp to make this press? Seems like it would address some of the slipping concerns and be much stronger. $82.00

    I-Bar Clamp, Heavy Duty, Opening 48 In., Throat Depth 1 13/16 In., Load Capacity 6000 Lb., Spindle Dia. 5/8 In., Max. Jaw Opening 48 In., Clamp Face 1 7/8 x 1 13/16 In., Bar Thickness 5/32 In., Bar Width 1 1/2 In., Bar Material Steel, Handle Material Steel w/Wood Crank, Bar Size 7/16 x 1 1/2 x 5/32 In., Clamping Surface D 1 13/16 In., Clamping Surface W 1 7/8 In., For hard everyday production work, Includes Compressed Metal Pawl, Rapid Acting Powerful Clamp, No-slip Notches

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    I just finished mine this weekend. I have about $40 in it for just the clamps, pipe, 3/8x2" steel and rubber tubing.
    If I had it to do over again I would just go the hardwood route for the fingers.
    It is amazing how easily this presses my bowtech.
    Thanks for the write up I am still ahead of the game not having to spend the money on gas to watch someone that may or may not actually know how to work on my bow and then charge me $35!
    I just used it to swap cables/string and sync my cams.
    Good job.

  24. #824
    Doesn't seem like this design would be able to fix a string that has popped off a cam... or am i missing something ?

  25. #825
    I think you are missing something or I'm not understanding your problem. Have you used a bowpress before?
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