Compound Bow Maintainence
As a mechanical device, your new or used compound bow expects occasional reviews to determine whether it needs any registrations and service due to normal depreciation. You should pay especial tending to : axle, lubrication of axle bushings, spacers, bowed stringed instruments, e-clips, cables, rise and limbs. Below are helpful directions on how to maintain and take proper care of your new or used compound bow.
You should, regularly, shell out a light finish of bowstring wax to your stringed instruments and cables. You will need to use an easy application of bow string waxevery fortnight at least to keep them working at their best and protect them from damage. You should do this at least once every two weeks during periods of frequent use. When considering which wax to buy it is worth paying additional for a high quality brand rather than poor choices as it will pay for itself in the end and you will usually get more from the strings and cables this way.
Your bowstring wax should be the highest quality available to ensure long life and durability. The wax will ensure that your bow’s cables and strings are in tip top shape. Strings and cables should be replaced every two years or when wear becomes evident for your bow to achieve top performance. You should avoid shoddy cables and strings, using them will not only alter how your bow performs but can also damage it.
They will most likely need replacing each year or 2 yrs, but be sure to check them routinely for symptoms of depreciation or weaknesses. As soon as you discover this, it is time to get them replaced. This requires a especial bow press and you will need to take it to a professional to do this.
Every 1500 to 2000 shots, you should apply a small spot of lube on the axles (it should be placed where they pass through the eccentric). If you have been using your bow in poor conditions–excessive moisture, dust and dirt–then you should apply lubrication every day. You should purchase a lubrication that is based on Teflon, silicone or quality grease. You should avoid “penetrating oils” like WD-40, Fast Break, and EZ#7 to name a few.
The axles will need to have some special lubricant applied every 1000-2000 shots. The lubricant should be Teflon or silicon based if possible or quality grease. Lubricating oils like WD-40 will harm the bow so keep away from them – they can also collect dust and dirt which will reduce the performance.
The centershot calibration is the fine tuning of the shot upon the power path of the string, and will keep your bow accurate. This is quite easy to adjust and all you need to do is displace the arrow repose either to the left or the right dependanding on where it sits at the moment. A release shooter should line up the shot with the power path of the string. Finger shooters though will need to place their shot so the tip is a slightly outside the string’s power path.
These Compound Bow Maintenance tips will keep your bow shooting as good as it did when you first got it. If in uncertainty you can always take it to a professional to do this for you, but try and teach yourself as it only takes a couple of moments to do every now and again.