Can you cut down 22" bolts to 18" with vanes still on?

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Can you cut down 22" bolts to 18" with vanes still on?

Post by ohioexocetfan » Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:36 pm

Like the title says... I've got some 22" arrows (new, never used) for my
Exocet and I want to use them on my new Matrix. Can I have an arrow
shop cut them (perfectly) w/ the 2" vanes still on there, or does
the shaft have to be blank to be cut correctly? Thanks! Jeff
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Re: Can you cut down 22" bolts to 18" with vanes still on?

Post by xcaliber » Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:50 pm

Yep.
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Re: Can you cut down 22" bolts to 18" with vanes still on?

Post by gerald strine » Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:47 pm

They can cut them with the veins on,or you can get one of these and never depend on a pro shop again, works great their are many users of this saw on the forum if you do a search of arrow cutting saw.

https://www.harborfreight.com/2-in-mini-bench-top-cut-off-saw-62136.html
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Re: Can you cut down 22" bolts to 18" with vanes still on?

Post by ohioexocetfan » Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:08 pm

Thanks for the link... I've shot a lot of arrows but never built any. Isn't cutting them PERFECTLY square a huge deal? Also once they are cut, do you have to do something to the cut end so the carbon doesn't unravel? (like of like when you cut a rope and you burn the ends)
THE ORIGINAL
Exocet 200
100g 1" Slick Tricks
GTII w/ 2" Blazer vanes
Boo "Ohio State" string

THE UPGRADE
Matrix 380
Hawke Pro 30
100g 2" Swhackers
18" Executioners w/ 2" Blazers
Mike Collins string

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Re: Can you cut down 22" bolts to 18" with vanes still on?

Post by xcaliber » Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:22 pm

Nope, and yep. Cutoff grinding type wheel, very thin. Rotate arrows while cutting with the blade depth set barely deep enough to go through wall thickness. Then use a square tool. That will finish your ends perfectly.
Matrix 355 (Trixxi) Redfield Revenge 2.5 Trigger Tech
Matrix 330 (Xylia) Nikon Bolt XR Single Stage Trigger Tech
Kodabow Scout (Karma) MFO Tagged Out Sights.
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Re: Can you cut down 22" bolts to 18" with vanes still on?

Post by gerald strine » Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:43 pm

I finish my cuts with one of these and the I do the incert and flat nock as well takes care of flyers.

https://lumenok.com/products/test-product-1
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Re: Can you cut down 22" bolts to 18" with vanes still on?

Post by mikej » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:40 pm

Sure can . I did it
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Re: Can you cut down 22" bolts to 18" with vanes still on?

Post by brwndg » Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:21 pm

I cut down some Cabelas Carbon Hunter bolts from 20” to 18”. Knocked out the inserts first to reuse. No issues whatsoever cutting them down.
BTW. These are some great bolts and on sale now for $25/6
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