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#1 BY#99

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:10 PM

So I am not a club builder but do have the capabilities to re-grip my own clubs and trim shafts to size. Over the last few years I have used a local guy to remove and install adapters for me when trying shafts. The charge is usually $15-20 so it got me thinking. Should I try to do myself? If so, what would I need and is it worth it?  I am not concerned so much with saving the adapters I would be removing. Any tips on how to do or equipment needed would be helpful. Or opinions if this is even worth it or not. I may do 4-5 a year so it is not a ton. Maybe I would do more if I did myself.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:14 PM

You'll need a shaft extractor for pulling adapters from graphite shafts. Simply heating the adapter and attempting to pull it off by hand can cause irreparable damage to the graphite fibers and resin.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 04:21 AM

Extractor and torch are all that's really required (well and some files or sand-paper to clean up the tip after it's been pulled).

Butane or propane torches are pretty inexpensive and easy to get at most hardware stores.  Extractors can be anywhere from about $75-$200 (actually can go a lot higher) if bought:
https://www.google.c...ent=firefox-b-1

but there are DIY solutions out there to build your own extractor if you do a search.  "DIY Shaft Puller" or "DIY Shaft extractor".

So at most, it only takes about 5-10 pulls before you've covered your investment.

Edited by Stuart G., 17 May 2018 - 04:23 AM.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 06:31 AM

View PostStuart G., on 17 May 2018 - 04:21 AM, said:

Extractor and torch are all that's really required (well and some files or sand-paper to clean up the tip after it's been pulled).

Butane or propane torches are pretty inexpensive and easy to get at most hardware stores.  Extractors can be anywhere from about $75-$200 (actually can go a lot higher) if bought:
https://www.google.c...ent=firefox-b-1

but there are DIY solutions out there to build your own extractor if you do a search.  "DIY Shaft Puller" or "DIY Shaft extractor".

So at most, it only takes about 5-10 pulls before you've covered your investment.

Thanks Stuart, that is very helpful. I think I will give it a try.  thanks.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 06:40 AM

No problem.

FYI, if you can afford it, this is the one I recommend - particularly for beginners.    The spring puts a load on the head and you'll see it start to move when the epoxy starts to release. That makes it more difficult (but not fool proof) to overheat and damage the shaft during the pull - particularly before you develop a sense of how long you need to keep the torch on the adapter.

https://www.golfwork...actor/p/gw1009/


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:11 AM

Get the butane torch from hardware store or Harbor Freight.  Get a decent shaft puller / extractor.  Don't need to be a fancy one, new or used as long as it's in good working order will handle the volume you're planning.
So the Butane torch will run about $12- !8, and if you're careful with the volume of 5 per year, it'll last you a decade.  The manual extractor will run about $70-$140, and the hydraulic puller will cost $130+.  You don't need a hydraulic extractor for your planned volume but it's sure nice to have one.  The manual shaft puller will do the job just like it advertised, manual work takes a little more patience and the learning curve is a bit longer.
Whatever you use, I'd bet you won't be just doing it for 4-5 adapters per year.  It'll be like walking into a candy store to get just 4 piece of candy............
One important tip for the newbie,  Make sure you have good grip on the shaft in the extractor.  Many use the clear SOFT flexible PVC pipe that you could get from the hardware store.   Make sure you warm it up for better friction before you fit it on the shaft.
A section of 24" will last you forever. just cut off one piece slightly longer than the fitting jaws of the extractor, cut open the tube lengthwise and fit over the shaft.  If the tube is warm up to become tacky , you won;t need to clamp the extractor too tight to risk of damaging the shaft tip.  Always use enough force to tighten the extractor to the shaft.  I had seen inexperience golfer damaged the shaft tip that way.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:17 AM

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:42 AM

View PostYrrdead, on 17 May 2018 - 08:17 AM, said:


Nice link. I didn't know about this.

I used few long thin bolts and washers from parts dept at dealership where I work at. I use my Golfsmith shaft puller, still works great after a decade or so. I prefer to use heat gun over torch on the adapter because torch can melt the ferrule.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:43 AM

View PostStuart G., on 17 May 2018 - 06:40 AM, said:

No problem.

FYI, if you can afford it, this is the one I recommend - particularly for beginners. The spring puts a load on the head and you'll see it start to move when the epoxy starts to release. That makes it more difficult (but not fool proof) to overheat and damage the shaft during the pull - particularly before you develop a sense of how long you need to keep the torch on the adapter.

https://www.golfwork...actor/p/gw1009/

View PostYrrdead, on 17 May 2018 - 08:17 AM, said:


I use both of these and they work great.
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