MOAB Limb Failure - AGAIN!!!!
Moments ago I discovered both the top and bottom limbs on my '09 MOAB have developed cracks on the outside of the limbs, opposite the Roto limb thing...
Here's the kicker - this is the third set of limbs to crack/fail since purchase from an authorized Martin dealer in March of '10. I have received two RA numbers and have had the limbs replaced, first by a bow shop authorized by an agent of Martin Archery, and second by Martin themselves. Of course I incurred the cost to ship the 1st set of broken limbs and then the entire bow back to Martin. With this pending repair, I will be on the fourth set of limbs. This is far from reasonable.
Before making any baseless assumptions, I'll mention a few obvious items: I know not to crank the bow limbs down to the riser, I have never kept the bow anywhere other than in my office or home (stable climate), I shoot 386 grain arrows at 65#, and have never dry fired the bow. What I have done is shoot the bow as one would when practicing or hunting and have treated it with kid gloves, consistent with all the other things I value.
With this latest limb failure, I immediately took the bow to the most reputable bow shop in my area. They refused to pull the bow back or even handle it for fear of catastophic failure. They even commented on the obvious and excessive appearance of the string torque as represented by the string leaving the idler wheel into the CCS. After admitting that the only thing I had done to the bow after receiving it direct from Martin Warranty Repair was to put the sight and rest on.
At this point I am extremely frustrated. I know that limb failure can and does occur. But I refuse to believe that 3 sets of limbs, and now going on a fourth can be due to simple bad luck. There is something inherantly wrong with the bow. Most frustrating is I will now miss a local 3d shoot, and Martin Customer service is not open on the weekend. So any recourse will have to wait until Monday.
Is my experience somehow within the realm of possibility? Do people ever go through this many sets of limbs on their compound bow (maybe many more at this rate)? I feel I have a lemon for a compound bow. And the real kick in the pants is that I have been shooting real well out to 50 yards. I feel real comfortable with the bow and have not wanted to purchase another brand. I just want the one I bought to work as advertised. Only the one and only bow I own is a danger to shoot, AGAIN!
I'm sure when I call on Monday, the gentleman who handles warranty repair (who shall remain nameless even though many of you know who I am referring to. He has always been very accomodating and understanding through this process) will recognize my voice and probably shake his head in disbelief. Much like I'm shaking my head in disbelief now.
Thanks for letting me rant. For those who care, I'll post my experiences. It's tough sticking by a brand that you really want to be loyal to, only to have that brand dissappoint over and over again.
3-piece riser is doubtful the cause
I know this doesn't make the experience you've had any less frustrating but when my bottom limb cracked, about 1-1/2 years ago, I checked into the possibility of the 3-piece riser being at fault. From all the research I did I could not find even one instance indicating this riser design being at fault. Now, with that said, your particular case makes me wonder if there's something wrong with your specific riser such as how straight or perpendicular to the riser the limb bolt holes are or some other mechanical tolerance that's not right. Having gone through 3 sets of limbs and now needing a fourth set, I feel certain Joel will want the whole bow sent back so they can inspect it to a much greater extent to find the root cause of the many failures.
If this were happening to me I would also press Martin to pay for shipping this time, given the multiple failures this bow has had. I hope you keep us apprised of how this develops because this will definitely be a case that will show just how good Martin customer service is. I'm betting they will come through and take care of you and your bow issues in a manner that's very acceptable to you, the customer. They haven't gained one of the best customer service reputations by treating customers poorly.