In December, 2010, I posted as an unregistered guest with the following problem on the forum with my cheetah:
12-13-2010 06:45 AM #1
Help with Martin Cheetah 2009
Hey guys, I tried to register and it said it has been disabled by administration.
Here is my situation:
I have a Martin Cheetah, New for Xmas LAST year. 2009 bow.
While on stand 2 weeks ago, I had a buck coming in and took the bow off the hanger and set it on my thigh to get ready and heard a small noise and felt the cam "give" a bit.
Never noticed this so I was immediately concerned. Passed on the deer and headed back to the house as soon as it was clear.
I shot several shots with no problems.
If I place the cam in the palm of my hand and apply light pressure the cam SHIFTS upward, and when you let off the pressure it comes back down with a very faint popping noise. There is NO side to side movement, only vertical movement.
I later noticed the top wheel does the exact same thing in the opposite direction. Is this part of the design or are the bushings already worn out? I have shot this bow very little as I had shoulder surgery in May and couldn't shoot from May to September.
I took it to the local shop and they don't deal in Martin but said it would need to be sent back...OR...could be part of the design, the didn't know, they did note they have never seen one do this.
I still have a month of season left here, just looking for some reassurance from Martin.
Thank you in advance for any help.
Eventually I got in touch with Joel from Martin customer service. He was awesome and very professional with dealing with the problem. They worked with a local dealer and sent parts out as soon as feasibly possible during the holiday season.
They replaced basically everything but the riser and my string.
The down fall was I missed almost a month of late archery season on a bow that was one season old.
The second blow was when I picked the bow up and had to pay $50! ($15.00 for shipping, $35.00 for labor). to cover the cost of a bow that was under warranty and broke in one year. That one was very tough to handle.
And the major kicker...the bow is doing the exact same thing again. It seems to get worse with cold. I am at a loss. Don't want to miss another month of season, and don't want to pay another $50 to have it "fixed" again.
looking for opinions,
Should I just cut my losses and go to another brand or what. I am very frustrated, as I have been a faithful Martin guy since 1990.
Corey Suter aka csgrizz