When do you change your string?

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When do you change your string?

Post by ninepointer » Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:41 am

I busted a string yesterday, it snapped at the eye-loop. That got me wondering how often I should change my string. There's got to be a better way than shooting them until they snap.

How ofter do you guys change your strings?

My strings have always snapped at the eye-loop. I shoot carved-tip limbs; are these harder on strings?

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Post by mikej » Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:42 am

that would probably be best asked to boo

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Post by sumner4991 » Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:46 am

ninepointer . . .how many shots do you get before they snap? How many have snapped? Has it always snapped at the same loop? Is there any sign of wear before snapping?

I put a lot of shots on a string and I haven't had one snap yet.
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Post by Boo » Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:04 am

I'll bet on two things. First 9pointer did not wax his strings with any regularity and two, the string grooves need to be polished to remove sharp corners. My first Exocet went through the same scenario.
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Post by Cossack » Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:11 am

To answer your question, I change mine (permanently) after 2 and not more than 3 re-servings depending on pull of bow.

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Post by sumner4991 » Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:42 am

Boo . . .I was thinking towards the polishing. I'll bet very few of us wax the entire string regularly. How often should the entire string be waxed?
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Post by Boo » Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:53 am

sumner4991 wrote:Boo . . .I was thinking towards the polishing. I'll bet very few of us wax the entire string regularly. How often should the entire string be waxed?
Just as often as you can. I don't have a solid answer but I think that any time you have a loop off it's a good idea. Many string loops never get any wax!
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Post by ninepointer » Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:10 pm

Thanks for the feedback :) . In my case, waxing (the ENTIRE string) isn't the problem, I've been anal about that since the first time that I broke a string. I can't remember if the breakages have occured in the same loop. Any suggested methods for polishing the grooves?
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Post by wabi » Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:21 pm

Few of questions for you:
*Are all the snapped strings the same type?
(FFF - Endless Loop Dacron - Endless loop FF - etc.)
*Do you check the loop area of the string for (flattening or fraying) wear occasionally?
*Were these strings ever dry fired?
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Post by Boo » Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:38 pm

ninepointer wrote:Thanks for the feedback :) . In my case, waxing (the ENTIRE string) isn't the problem, I've been anal about that since the first time that I broke a string. I can't remember if the breakages have occured in the same loop. Any suggested methods for polishing the grooves?
Ask Peter. I sent mine in to be polished and it hasn't been a problem since. It looks like they took a buffing wheel to the grooves but it took the paint off the ends. You could try a polishing point and rouge on a dremel. I am guessing but I think it is possible to over heat the resin in the limbs.
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Post by crazyfarmer » Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:48 pm

Boo, I was gonna say the same.. I doubt anyone put wax on the loops.. I started waxing mine about every 40-50 shots(loops that is). It only takes a minute so why not;)

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Post by Digger » Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:55 pm

I change the strings on my hunting xbows every year a couple weeks before deer season starts and keep them as backup if they're still in good shape. :) :)
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Post by sumner4991 » Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:55 pm

First I would check the limb tips to see if I could locate a rough spot. It doesn't have to be much to cause a big problem. Mine are perfectly smooth . . .nothing rough about them.

I don't wax the entire string very often. When I do wax them, they seem to still have plenty of wax on them. I store my spare strings in a plastic baggie and keep in a dry dark spot at room temp. I just hadn't had an issue yet with the string . . .of course, I've been shooting a different string every week. :)
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Post by ninepointer » Tue Sep 02, 2008 2:37 pm

Boo,

Sounds like a good idea, but who's Peter, somebody at Excal?

P.S. The strings I'm using are the regular (not FFF) Excal brand strings.
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Post by wabi » Tue Sep 02, 2008 3:51 pm

The endless loop string has only 1/2 the total strands in the loop when compared to a flemish twist. In other words - if it's a 30 strand string the loop has only 15 strands. I have read that an endless loop is actually stronger than a flemish in the force it takes to break it, but if there is a problem of roughness causing wear in the string groove and the serving is wearing and/or seperating and not protecting the actual string material - then you have only half the strands taking all the force.
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