Warnings and Use
WARNING - Follow These Instructions To Avoid Personal Injury
An arrow shaft can become damaged from impacts with hard objects or other arrows or after being shot into a game animal. A damaged arrow could break upon release and injure you or a bystander. You must carefully inspect each arrow shaft, nock, and other components before each shot to see that they have not been damaged. Before shooting, place the arrow between your thumb and fingers, and, using your other hand to slowly rotate the shaft, run your fingertips along the entire arrow length, feeling and looking closely for nicks, cracks, splits, dents, or other marks that could indicate the shaft has been damaged. When checking carbon arrows, perform the following additional tests:
- Grasp the shaft just above the point and below the nock, then flex the arrow in an arc (bending it away from you and others) with a deflection of 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm), and listen for cracking noises. Perform this test four to six times, rotating the arrow slightly between each flex until you have gone around the entire arrow. If you hear or feel cracking, the carbon has been damaged.
- While still holding the point and fletching ends, twist the shaft in both directions. If the arrow relaxes¯ or twists easily, the carbon has been damaged.
If an arrow has been damaged, or if you believe it has been damaged, do not shoot it again as it could break on release, and sharp arrow pieces could hit and injure you or someone nearby.
Practice Safe Shooting
Carbon arrows may be used for hunting if special precautions are taken. Carbon arrow shafts used in bowhunting could break after being shot into a big game animal. This arrow breakage may be caused by the angle in which the arrow impacts the animal, or by the reaction of the animal itself such as rolling on the shaft or rubbing against a tree. The break may be inside the animal and may not be immediately obvious after recovery of the animal.
Unlike aluminum arrows, when a carbon arrow breaks, it tends to shatter with the resulting creation of many sharp, splinter-like fragments. These fragments can be harmful to humans if ingested; therefore, when game is recovered, the hunter should always carefully determine whether the arrow has broken inside the animal. If the arrow has broken, follow the instructions below:
- Use extreme caution when removing broken segments of the carbon arrow shaft.
- When field dressing game animals, use care to avoid splinters of carbon fiber.
- Carefully remove the flesh in the area of the wounds. It may contain carbon fiber, particularly at the entry and exit points.
- Thoroughly clean the surrounding area of the wound and inspect for the presence of carbon fragments.
- Carefully dispose of any meat that might contain carbon splinters. Do not leave for scavengers to eat
CAUTIONS: Always wear a NIOSH approved dust mask and safety glasseswhen cutting any arrow shafts. Be sure to use a dust collector to vacuum up all of the carbon and/or aluminum dust when cutting arrow shafts.
WARNING: OVER-HEATING SHAFT WILL VOID WARRANTY.
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Preparations & Assembly
- Cut shafts to length using only a high-speed abrasive wheel cut-off tool designated for arrow shafts. Never use rotary tube cutters, a hacksaw or methods that can damage the tube and leave a rough cut.
- After cutting lightly chamfer the inside of the shaft, just enough to remove any burrs.
- Thoroughly clean the inside of the shaft with a cotton swab wetted with 91% to 99% isopropyl alcohol (not rubbing alcohol, which can contain oil).
CAUTIONS: Always wear a NIOSH approved dust mask and safety glasses when cutting any arrow shafts. Be sure to use a dust collector to vacuum up all of the carbon and/or aluminum dust when cutting arrow shafts
ALUMINUM and ALUMINUM/CARBON SHAFTS POINT AND INSERT INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS Hot Melt Adhesive (Installing POINTS)
Do not apply heat directly to the shaft.
- Heat a stick of Easton Hot Melt adhesive over a small gas flame until the adhesive is semi-fluid. Use only Easton hot melt adhesive.
- Apply a small ring of molten adhesive on the shaft end, just inside the shaft.
- To prevent over-heating A/C shafts, hold the point head in your fingers and carefully heat the shank end of the point or insert over a gas flame for 5 to 6 seconds. Be careful not to burn your fingers. (For aluminum shafts, pliers may be used to hold components, as overheating will happen less with the more conductive aluminum.) WARNING: OVER-HEATING SHAFT WILL VOID WARRANTY.
- Apply a film of adhesive completely around the entire shank of the point or insert.
- Put the point or insert about Â¼" into the end of the shaft.
- Reheat the point for no more than 5 seconds to fully melt the adhesive.
- Without delay, slowly push the point into the shaft until it seats against the end of the shaft. Rotate point 1 or 2 revolutions while still warm. DO NOT FORCE A COMPONENT INTO THE SHAFT. Apply a little more heat to the POINT ONLY if the point â€œhangs upâ€¯ during this step.
- Immediately, while adhesive is soft, wipe off any excess adhesive with a cloth or paper towel. Allow air-cooling in a point-down position.
- INSERTS: Use the same procedure as described. Install an RPS point into the insert prior to installation for ease of handling.
EPOXY INSTALLATION OF COMPONENTS OR INSTALLATION OF COMPOSITE INSERTS IN ALL TYPES OF SHAFT (FOR C2 AND RC SHAFTS)
- Use Easton or AAE brand epoxy or 3M DP390 24-hour cure flexible two-part epoxies are recommended.
- Apply a small ring of adhesive, just inside the end of the shaft and a generous coating on the entire shank of the point or insert.
- Slowly twist the point or insert into shaft and seat it against end of shaft.
- Wipe off any excess adhesive with a cloth or paper towel.
- Stand the shaft vertically on the point or insert to cure. Be sure epoxy does not flow into insert threads.
- This is a permanent installation, and inserts cannot be removed without damaging the shaft.
The Easton arrow shaft limited warranty covers any defects in material and/or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. It does not cover damage caused by impact from another arrow, impact with hard objects, improper cleaning or fletching, or from normal wear. Warranty does not apply if damage results from any non-compliance of printed instructions. Arrow shafts that are defective will be replaced by your local dealer or by Easton.