Archery equipment maintenance

May 24, 2016

With proper inspection, care and maintenance, archery equipment can be kept in good working order for many years. Below is a short list of things to keep an eye on so your equipment will serve you well time after time. We recommend you have your bow tuned on a bow press and serviced by a certified bow technician on a regular basis.

archery equipment maintenance

Archery Equipment Maintenance:

Before each use

Inspect your bow. Scrutinize the limbs for cracks, bulges, nicks and twists. Carefully unstring the bow if you find any imperfections. Check any metal parts for signs of corrosion or rust. Look over the bowstring for fraying or tattered strands.

Inspect your arrows. These take the brunt of the abuse and need constant attention. Check to ensure the points and fletching are together properly. The shafts should be free of cracks and tested for straightness. Look for cracks in the nocks.

Bow tuning/maintenance

Check the cams. Bows come in single cam and double cam. Single cam bows (ones with one teardrop shape cam) require less maintenance, while dual cam bows (both cams are like a teardrop) require timing checks. Because both cams in a dual cam system are rotating at the same time, to achieve maximum performance (arrow speed and accuracy), check the timing by a qualified technician. Over time, the stretching of the bowstring and cables will affect the timing. Cams should be inspected to see that they are straight, aligned and oiled at least once a year.

Wax your bowstring. Properly waxed bowstrings and cables always will have a tacky feeling. Use a piece of leather or wax wacker to ensure the inner fibers of the bowstring have been waxed appropriately.

A good tuneup will also include inspecting the rest to ensure it is level.

Storing your archery equipment

You’ve invested a lot of money into your equipment. Ensure that it stays in good condition by storing your bow in a padded case, and prevent it from being subjected to extreme changes in heat, cold and humidity.

By Rich Kenda