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Big Game Hunting => Bow Hunting => Topic started by: Sutherland on May 08, 2021, 05:04:49 PM

Title: Bow press options
Post by: Sutherland on May 08, 2021, 05:04:49 PM
I've really been pondering buying a bow press lately. I really want to start working on my bows myself and start learning more about tunning and changing out simple items like peep sights. Any one have any recommendations on a bow press setup that won't entirely brake the bank? Curious to see what everyone else uses. Let me know, thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Bow press options
Post by: hughjorgan on May 08, 2021, 05:54:01 PM
https://lastchancearchery.com/ez-green-press

I use last chance archery ez green for home use.

For a portable press I use a synumn press.

https://www.lancasterarchery.com/synunm-portable-bow-press-30930.html#:~:text=Synunm%20Portable%20Bow%20Press%201%20A%20new%20concept,securely%20during%20the%20adjustment%20process%20More%20items...%20
Title: Re: Bow press options
Post by: Lucky1 on May 08, 2021, 07:41:23 PM
I built my own out of 2x4s and hinges and cable and a turnbuckle. Works ok. Watched a few utube videos for ideas. It works ok.
Title: Re: Bow press options
Post by: WapitiTalk1 on May 08, 2021, 07:49:19 PM
Sutherland, you donít need a press to do the things you mentioned. Get an inexpensive bow vice and your golden.
Title: Re: Bow press options
Post by: OltHunter on May 08, 2021, 08:09:35 PM
EZ Green.

They go on sale for 10% off and no tax if you look around
Title: Re: Bow press options
Post by: Sutherland on May 08, 2021, 08:49:14 PM
I will have to look into a bow vise, is there any you would recommend?
Title: Re: Bow press options
Post by: Sutherland on May 08, 2021, 08:56:07 PM
The main thing I'm looking to do now is just try some new peep sights out. I want to learn. How to do it my self instead of taking it to the local bow shop Everytime. They are slim pickings here in Wenatchee unfortunately.
Title: Re: Bow press options
Post by: Gobble Gobble on May 09, 2021, 03:56:53 PM
https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/bowmaster-g2-portable-bow-press (https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/bowmaster-g2-portable-bow-press)

I have this press. No complaints and easy to use. Takes up no room you can sit in the lazy boy with a drink watching the game and do bow maintenance on your lap.
Title: Re: Bow press options
Post by: dilleytech on May 15, 2021, 08:29:11 AM
Ez green press is all you need. Plus the draw board they sell that mounts onto it. Or you could make one.
Title: Re: Bow press options
Post by: blindluck on May 17, 2021, 08:50:42 PM
EZ Green and EZ green vise for me, never take your bow to the shop again.
Title: Re: Bow press options
Post by: JeffRaines on July 04, 2021, 10:32:19 AM
Thread is old but I figured I'd throw my two cents in here.

I got tired of dealing with the bow shop guys. Good ones are few and far between, not to mention living where I live the closest places are 40+ minutes away, and that's not counting the time spent waiting on them to perform the work... which is understandable, but it still sucks to be the guy showing up every week or something with something else to do.

This past week I took the plunge and bought a EZ Green press, built my own paper stand and draw board. Total cost about $500 and an hour of my time building the draw board and paper stand.

Replacing strings and cables, timing the cams, tying in the nock point, d loop and peep... all easy to learn - tons of resources available online for every bow. I had it shooting bullet holes my first shot.

Not to mention the big one - knowing the work was done right. While I know there are some good techs out there, I think a lot of guys let "good enough" go out the door... when its your own equipment, if it takes you an extra three hours of work to get it shooting perfect you're gonna spend the time doing that. It's probably not economical for the shops to spend that kind of time.

Yes, there is a cost to buy the equipment to perform the work. If some of you guys look at what you've paid archery shops over the years to have strings changed, bows tuned, little work here or there done(yes there are some shops that charge you for little work even if you bought the bow, the accessories and your arrows there believe it or not)... a couple years of that could get you close to the cost of the press and assorted stuff to do the work yourself.

Well worth the investment.
Title: Re: Bow press options
Post by: Threewolves on July 04, 2021, 11:08:57 AM
I have one of those G2 compact presses and it works ok, changed out strings and such. A buddy mine picked up one for out in the field, just in case he needed to fix something.
BUT, If I was early in my bow hunting career and not towards the end of it. I would go the route JeffRaines suggested and for the same reasons. It would be nice to mess around with my bow anytime I felt like checking something or trying a different adjustment. EZ Green is a way more solid set up.
Title: Re: Bow press options
Post by: buckfvr on July 04, 2021, 12:55:55 PM
It makes a difference whether you have and older bow with reflex limbs or newer bow with parallel or even beyond parallel limbs.  In particular when you start talking the portable ratchet presses that anchor near the limp ends/cams.  I have the BowMaster G2 plus an older like new Apple for reflex limbs and had but sold an XPress Pro model, and I have the Apple vise.

I would take a resonable offer for the Apple Press.  I have used it to change strings, cams, center serving, replace peeps and tie in rests.  I can still do most of that with my vise and G2.
Title: Re: Bow press options
Post by: buckfvr on July 04, 2021, 01:31:08 PM
Thread is old but I figured I'd throw my two cents in here.

I got tired of dealing with the bow shop guys. Good ones are few and far between, not to mention living where I live the closest places are 40+ minutes away, and that's not counting the time spent waiting on them to perform the work... which is understandable, but it still sucks to be the guy showing up every week or something with something else to do.

This past week I took the plunge and bought a EZ Green press, built my own paper stand and draw board. Total cost about $500 and an hour of my time building the draw board and paper stand.

Replacing strings and cables, timing the cams, tying in the nock point, d loop and peep... all easy to learn - tons of resources available online for every bow. I had it shooting bullet holes my first shot.

Not to mention the big one - knowing the work was done right. While I know there are some good techs out there, I think a lot of guys let "good enough" go out the door... when its your own equipment, if it takes you an extra three hours of work to get it shooting perfect you're gonna spend the time doing that. It's probably not economical for the shops to spend that kind of time.

Yes, there is a cost to buy the equipment to perform the work. If some of you guys look at what you've paid archery shops over the years to have strings changed, bows tuned, little work here or there done(yes there are some shops that charge you for little work even if you bought the bow, the accessories and your arrows there believe it or not)... a couple years of that could get you close to the cost of the press and assorted stuff to do the work yourself.

Well worth the investment.


It always takes me back to the old "ya pay peanuts, ya get monkeys"