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Old 07-16-2018, 04:49 PM   #1
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Arlington
Hunt In: Texas
Default Crisis Averted With a Bowmaster Press

Iím a DIY guy. I like to build tools and stuff. Saves money and I just like to tinker. So, after learning to make bow strings I made a pipe clamp style bow press so I could install said strings. Last night I put a new string and cables on my Elite XLR. They look really snazzy and I was please how well the bow press worked.

After tying in my drop away cord I quickly released the bow limbs and picked up my bow. Looked great! Oh, and I had installed my new hyper glide cable slide, as well. All looked great! I grabbed the string and pulled it back to check the feel and watch the cable slide work. Half a second later I felt a soft ďpopĒ... Then there was nothing. My string went limp and my cables were tight. Crap! Iíd forgotten to re-install the stupid draw stops!!!

So, feeling really stupid I checked and found that my shop in Alvarado is closed on Mondayís. Other closest shop is also closed on Mondayís. Started regretting my pipe clamp press because it doesnít have enough travel in the clamp to compress and release the bow enough to fix the issue. So, feeling sorry for myself I checked the Elite site to see what presses they recommend. Saw on the portable press list that they recommend a Bowmaster. I didnít know much about it, but looked it up. Saw that one was available at Bass Pro up in Grapevine.

To wrap things up, I went up there this am and bought the Bowmaster. $49 and it worked great! I was able to crank my bow down enough to rotate the cams back, then it had enough travel for me to loosen it back to where everything was strung up and good to go. Super!

Canít tell you how stressful a locked up 60# bow is! If youíve never experienced it, well... itís like holding an unexploded firecracker in your hand that is still smoking a bit. Was super tense clamping my bow to my bench and threading the Bowmaster toggles through the limbs, mere milimeters away from the locked up cams. But dang if that thing didnít save the day!

Iím thinking that tool was the best $50 Iíve spent since getting into archery a couple of years ago! When Iím ready to replace my limbs and refinish my riser, that tool has enough travel to fully relax the bow so I can take it apart. Heck of a deal!
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:58 PM   #2
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Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Sherman
Hunt In: Grayson and Lamar

I had a Martin lock up at full draw several years ago, very scary. Unfortunately I didn’t own a press at the time. When getting it ready to take to the shop it went off. I got lucky, it nearly ripped a fingernail off but that was all the damage it did. Shortly after that, I got a new bow and a synunm press. That Martin was nothing but trouble.

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Old 07-22-2018, 10:14 AM   #3
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Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Springtown TX
Hunt In: OH, PA, looking for a place in TX.

Before I bought my LCA press I used a Bowmaster with split limb adapters on several Bowtech's (Assassin, RPM360, Experience). It is just too slow for my tastes and wanted to be able to do full tear downs. So I upgraded to the LCA and sold the Bowmaster.
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