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How to Cut Your Arrows

Correct Arrow Length - Correct Arrow Length is measured from the bottom of the nock groove to the end of the shaft. This distance includes a portion of the nock, the nock insert or outsert if any, and the shaft length. The point is not included. This is the length used for shaft selection. The optimum length of a finished arrow for a specific archer is determined by several factors including the draw length of the archer, the style of point, the configuration of the bow, and the archer’s shooting style. To determine your correct arrow length, use the procedures that follow.

Measuring Correct Arrow Length - Your Recommended Correct Arrow Length can be determined by drawing back an extra-long arrow and having someone mark the arrow. This distance is measured from the front of the bow (for shooting off the shelf) or from the front of the place where the arrow contacts the most forward position of the arrow rest. Which method to use depends on the type of bow and arrow being set up. From this you can measure your arrow length and know where the shaft should be cut.

Recommended Correct Arrow Length - X10, A/C/E, A/C/C, HyperSpeed, Aluminum, and Carbon Shafts with Internal Components  - It is recommended that the Correct Arrow Length be determined by drawing back an extra-long arrow and having someone mark the arrow about 1" in front of the place where the arrow contacts the most forward position of the arrow rest. This extra 1" provides a measure of safety by allowing small variances in draw length to occur without resulting in a target arrow falling behind the arrow rest. This measurement is your Correct Arrow Length and is where your shaft should be cut.

NOTE: Beginners with recurve bows may want to add an extra 1⁄2"-1" to their arrow length so that, as they become stronger and their shooting technique improves, the arrow will not be too short.

Determining Shaft Cut length - Remember that your Correct Arrow Length is measured to the bottom of the nock groove and includes the small distance that the nock base extends beyond the nock taper. Therefore, your shaft cut length is slightly shorter than your Correct Arrow Length.

Cutting Shafts to Length - After determining Correct Arrow Length follow the steps below. Note: Carbon shafts of all types must be cut carefully to prevent splintering of the carbon (graphite) fibers. Never use rotary tube cutters, hack saws or other methods that can damage the shaft or leave a rough cut. Always wear safety glasses when cutting arrow shafts.

  1. Set up the Arrow Cutting Tool to cut the shaft so that after the nock system is installed, the total length of the shaft plus nock system will equal your desired Correct Arrow Length. To do this you will have to temporarily install the nock system on one full length shaft and then use that shaft to measure and set up the proper cutoff length.
  2. Set the shaft support on the Cut-Off Tool so the abrasive wheel only cuts about 1⁄3 through the diameter of the shaft.
  3. While slowly rotating the shaft in the same direction as the cutoff wheel, gently push the shaft into the wheel and rotate the shaft until it is completely cut. Continue to slowly rotate the shaft two more revolutions to ensure a square cut.
  4. Deburring and chamfering is the final step. What needs to be done varies with the type of shaft.
    1. ALUMINUM — Deburr only the inside of the wall just enough to eliminate the sharp edge of the tube.
    2. CARBON (Internal Point) — Do not deburr or chamfer.
    3. HYRBRID (A/C/E, A/C/C and HyperSpeed) — Deburr the inner aluminum core tube very lightly. Be careful not to remove too much aluminum.
    4. CARBON (External Point) — These components fit over the outside of the shaft, so chamfering must be done on the outside edges of the shaft. Lightly chamfer the end of the shaft with 180- or 240-grit sandpaper. Rotate the shaft as you lightly drag the edge of the shaft along the sandpaper. Three complete revolutions will produce a sufficient chamfer.
  5. Easton recommends that you test-draw one arrow with all components installed (without adhesive) before cutting and finishing a complete set of arrows.
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