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Best way to cut a graphite shaft?


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#1 schutz006

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:21 AM

I got a new driver shaft RIP Beta 70 and need to cut it down to length.  I'm just wondering, as this will be my first time, what is the best way to cut down a graphite shaft so it doesn't splinter and not be usable.

I'm more interested in what to use to cut the shaft.

Thanks for your help guys.

Also, does the grip add 1/4" to the length?


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Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:56 AM

I use a fiberglass reinforced cut off wheel, either chucked on a bench grinder (6" diameter) or a smaller wheel chucked in a dremmel.  I've also used my bench grinder, using the corner of the stone, to cut down shafts before.  This method is pretty ghetto but it works well.  The grinding wheel can be used to dress the end of the cut straight too.  In my experience graphite golf shafts are not prone to splintering and the grinding wheel poses no risk.  Some people warn against breathing the carbon dust so you might want to take heed.  Personally, I avoid breathing the dust but don't take any special precautions either.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:04 AM

I have always just put a strip of tape where I am going to cut and use a small hand held hacksaw. Never had any problem. I cut about an 1/8th of an inch longer than I need and file down the rest. And the grip will add about 1/8th in.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:06 AM

You can use a hacksaw with a grit edge blade, be sure to wrap masking tape where you cut the shaft .if you have a Dremel tool you can use a cut off blade.
Also a bench grinder with a cut off blade. A chop saw with an abrasive blade is best.

The shaft , with the grip installed, will measure about 1/8" - 1/4" longer than the cut shaft.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:36 PM

Hands down, the best is a Dremel (on low speed)with a cutting wheel.  Never splinter a shaft again.

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