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Dale817
01-02-2013, 04:40 AM
I'm going to get a protable bow press for maintenence work on my bow, which one would you guys recommend the bowmaster or the ram rachet loc. pros and cons of each welcome.

Lukeiio
01-02-2013, 06:37 AM
i ordered a bowmaster just a few days ago, i believe its quite a good press: works with split limbs and solid limbs alike, no adapters required (i think).

elkslayer4x5
01-02-2013, 07:32 AM
Never heard of the Ram Rachet Loc, but then after I bought my BowMaster, I stopped looking at portable presses. Mine is small and compact enough that its always in my backpack. Actually had a situtation where having my BowMaster in my pack would have saved a hunt, had it been in my pack. Now it always is. :)

droppixel
01-02-2013, 09:34 AM
I snagged a BowMaster with the Limb Adapters. I just run it with a socket/ratchet to cinch it down faster than turning it by hand. Has saved me a lot of time when I've needed to make a few small adjustments here and there.

weldorj81
01-02-2013, 10:33 AM
Was looking at the bowmaster as well. Do you use those limb adapters with solid limb bows too? I would think it better to press from limb tips no matter what design (split or solid).

EnglishKev
01-02-2013, 11:47 AM
The split limb adapters can be used on solid limbs as well with no problems.
I've been using a Bowmaster as an 'in the field' adjustment tool for years, works great.

Kev

typically8
01-02-2013, 12:15 PM
Used the bowmaster to set up my nephews Threshold. Worth the $.

droppixel
01-02-2013, 12:51 PM
Was looking at the bowmaster as well. Do you use those limb adapters with solid limb bows too? I would think it better to press from limb tips no matter what design (split or solid).

Yes, I use the new style of split adapters for mine.

Lukeiio
01-03-2013, 02:56 AM
Do you use those limb adapters with solid limb bows too? I would think it better to press from limb tips no matter what design (split or solid).

i think its definitely better to use the adapter at all time, i was able to press my split limb hoyt with a bowmaster without any adapter though. -> its possible to press a split limb bow without adapter enough to make small adjustments on the string (peepsight instal.), however i guess you can not do any serious work on the cams without adapters...
correct me if im wrong!!

btw: what do you do with past parallel limbs??

bfisher
01-03-2013, 06:42 AM
i think its definitely better to use the adapter at all time, i was able to press my split limb hoyt with a bowmaster without any adapter though. -> its possible to press a split limb bow without adapter enough to make small adjustments on the string (peepsight instal.), however i guess you can not do any serious work on the cams without adapters...
correct me if im wrong!!

btw: what do you do with past parallel limbs??

Good question as I've never used mine on such a bow. Most likely, for safety sake and to prevent bow damage I would seek a more sophisticated press. And what you are saying is correct about using it on parallel, split limbed bows. You may not need the adaptors on some if not most. However, I kind of like using the adaptors all the time just to have more clearance between them and the cables/string.

The one thing I've always liked about the Bowmaster is that it packs into such a small package for field use. As a constant tinkerer I end up doing a most work on my bows and others right off the tailgate of my pickup truck at the archery club. What I've spent on the Bowmaster has more been than offset by the gas savings running to Kinseys all the time. But to be honest, I've never in 40 years, had my bows worked on by a shop.

Arrow Splitter
01-03-2013, 07:51 AM
But to be honest, I've never in 40 years, had my bows worked on by a shop.Congratulations. You need a gold medal for that.;)

I've only had limbs changed under warranty by a dealer, and that's about it.:cool:

A.S

Dale817
01-04-2013, 05:38 AM
Thanks for the input,looks like I'll be going with the bowmaster.I have one more question tho,do you have to back the weight down before you press it or can you use it under full poundage? Thanks Dale

bfisher
01-04-2013, 06:52 AM
Thanks for the input,looks like I'll be going with the bowmaster.I have one more question tho,do you have to back the weight down before you press it or can you use it under full poundage? Thanks Dale

I do and I don't. Just depends on what I'm doing. It isn't necessary, but does make some things easier to reliecve some of the tension. Think of it this way. The little bit you are flexing the limbs with the press is less than what's done when drawing the bow.

bbjavelina
01-04-2013, 12:18 PM
i think its definitely better to use the adapter at all time, i was able to press my split limb hoyt with a bowmaster without any adapter though. -> its possible to press a split limb bow without adapter enough to make small adjustments on the string (peepsight instal.), however i guess you can not do any serious work on the cams without adapters...
correct me if im wrong!!

btw: what do you do with past parallel limbs??

For the past parrallel limbs you want the Nite Hawk portable press. Check the vidieos on their website.

I have it as well as the Bowmaster and Ratchetlock. Once I bought the ratchet I never used the bowmaster again. Looks like I'll still use the ratchet for most everything except the past PL limbs.

bfisher
01-04-2013, 03:58 PM
For the past parrallel limbs you want the Nite Hawk portable press. Check the vidieos on their website.

I have it as well as the Bowmaster and Ratchetlock. Once I bought the ratchet I never used the bowmaster again. Looks like I'll still use the ratchet for most everything except the past PL limbs.

OK, so you have both and it sounds like you prefer the Ratchet Lock. Would you explain why? Not for me, but for others. I'm not going to go out and get anything new at the moment.