I do all my own work, I could never go back to letting someone else work on my bow. I just wish I had my own press, but with working part time in a pro shop its not a need because I can use any tool in the shop in my spare time. But sooner or later I do want to get a press and arrow cut off saw for home. For a press, I want the X-Press too!
Me and Sparkey each have some equip and went in halves on an X-Press so we can tinker. It’s at least a 2 hour trip in any direction to a bow shop from here, so it’s a neccessity to do our own work. Sparkey’s got a nice setup at his workshop.
Plus, ya know it’s done right when you do it yourself.
My gun club has a bow press and when I had a string and cable installed, recently, I took careful note of how they tuned it. I just tuned my friends bow following a guide I found on the net. From now on I’m just going to do all my own work
I started doing all of my maintenance last year when I set up my own “home shop” in a room in my basement. It was one of the best things I have done. Doing my own work has been rewarding and has really taught me a lot on about archery. To me it makes it a more fulfilling hobby. And best of all I do not have to rely on someone else that is 20 miles away.
Well I decided to start when I joined on here and saw all the awesome people ready to help me. I’m starting with my arrows for now because I don’t have enough for a press or a vise.(oh well) Got to start somewhere. But learning how to will be great.
The only thing I don’t have is a vice and a draw weight scale…and I learned how to install strings and tune a new sat from Mark (bow4life) through pms…I have so much fun doing my own stuff, I do it for about 6 others guys and they all marvel at how we do it
Keep in mind that when you do your own work it is a good idea to know what you are doing first. This website is a great tool for that and ask plenty of questions. That’s what I did when I found that most people working at pro shops new less than me and I would not trust them working on my equipment.
i hate taking my bow to a shop to be worked on but with no press and honestly no close friends who bow hunt around here i have no choice. i WILL be doing my own bow work by the end of season this year. i still gotta pay the rest for my dren, dress it up, get a ground blind, summit climber, new camo and other little tid bits. this being only my 2nd year on the game im still building up supplies.