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looking for a fletch jig

Messages posted to thread:
Brasshound 13-Feb-18
Barber 13-Feb-18
EF Hutton 13-Feb-18
Skeets 13-Feb-18
Babysaph 13-Feb-18
Matt R 13-Feb-18
Jim Davis 13-Feb-18
oldnewby 13-Feb-18
Brasshound 13-Feb-18
wytex 13-Feb-18
Brasshound 13-Feb-18
arlone 13-Feb-18
Brasshound 13-Feb-18
Squirrel Hunter 14-Feb-18
76aggie 14-Feb-18
stagetek 14-Feb-18
PECO 14-Feb-18
Mountain Man 14-Feb-18
Cameron Root 14-Feb-18
StikBow 14-Feb-18
DHay 14-Feb-18
RonG 28-Feb-18
Orion 28-Feb-18
Muddyboots 28-Feb-18
oldnewby 28-Feb-18
Orion 28-Feb-18
hawkeye in PA 28-Feb-18
BOX CALL 28-Feb-18
BOX CALL 28-Feb-18
Adam Howard 28-Feb-18
DanaC 01-Mar-18
Bill Rickvalsky 01-Mar-18
Car54 01-Mar-18
Desperado 01-Mar-18
sqrlgtr 01-Mar-18
Jon Stewart 01-Mar-18
David McLendon 01-Mar-18
nrthernrebel05 01-Mar-18
From: Brasshound
Date: 13-Feb-18




looking for a fletching jig im in bucyrus ohio new to it any advice. Doin it by hand ready to move on now.

From: Barber
Date: 13-Feb-18




I use the Arizona Easy Fletcher. Very simple to use and not as expensive as a lot of them out there. Mine is right wing and I shoot 5 inch shield cut feathers.

From: EF Hutton
Date: 13-Feb-18




I Use a Jo Jan Monofletcher with Right wing clamp.

Been working perfect for over a decade.

From: Skeets
Date: 13-Feb-18




Decide what you want for fletch. Right wing? Left wing? Helical? Or Straight offset. I use a BPE Pro in left helical. Someone here, I think it is Monkeyball, has a Jo-Jan in the classifieds.

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 13-Feb-18




Bitezenburger It is the best

From: Matt R
Date: 13-Feb-18




X2 on the EZ fletch

From: Jim Davis
Date: 13-Feb-18

Jim Davis's embedded Photo



If money is no object, Bitzenberger or Jojan. If money is an object and you have tools and skills, make your own.

From: oldnewby
Date: 13-Feb-18




I use a Grayling fletching jig.Precise and works extremely well. Not expensive, and it's pretty solid.

From: Brasshound
Date: 13-Feb-18




well well i like that homemade one i took a hex piece of aluminium drillred it and then cut channels on band saw it works ok but can still only do one at a atime. Whats best for rt hand shooter with a recurve as far as spin direction on vanes. Ive been doin them straight with twisters but thats for my compound. Just got another decent recurve today and only recently got into doing my own fletching. I know i wanna shoot feathers with it but have never made one with them. I can afford a good jig but Id rather take on making one. Plenty of tools and crap in the head and garage to create with. I like the sense of pride when i get it right. I learn best the hard way ha ha.

From: wytex
Date: 13-Feb-18




JoJan Multi fletcher with left wing helical is what I use. Works great for 6 arrows at a time.

From: Brasshound
Date: 13-Feb-18




really appreciate all the input got a noob question now though, Im guessing left and right wing is wing of the bird they came from. If so whats the difference. Very new to this im glad i cant hear the sighs. I have my assumptions but im not the greatest typist so any input is good for me. thank you all

From: arlone Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 13-Feb-18




I don't think it really matters which wing as long as they are all either right or left on the arrow. Some used to say you needed a certain wing for the way you shot-right handed or left handed, but I think that has been debunked?

From: Brasshound
Date: 13-Feb-18




cool ill see what i find and fletch accordingly. Everyone wish for spring to come gotta get outside man got way to many virgin arrows ready to roll but im too old to shoot when im freezing my ass off.

From: Squirrel Hunter
Date: 14-Feb-18




I've used the Jojan, Bitzenburger, Arizona EZ Fletch, and Bohning fletching jigs extensively. All work well. The Bitz was the easiest to use when quills were extra thick or thin. Bohning is the most adjustable, with Bitz in second place and the others far behind. Bitz is most durable - will last a lifetime plus. Arizona gives quickest results but hard to use with thicker feathers, limited to ~5" fletch (unless you modify it, as I did, and puts the fletching a little too far forward for my taste. It also produces less helical, but I never had a problem, even with big broadheads. Take your pick.

Personal preference now is multiple Bitzenburgers at home and an Arizona in my traveling repair kit.

From: 76aggie
Date: 14-Feb-18




I have used the Arizona, Bohning and the Bitzenburger. I am not a big fan of the Arizona but the Bohning and Bitz are really good in my opinion. I guess I like the Bitz better for durability although I have never had any plastic parts on a Bohning break on me. Bits seems to have stood the test of time.

From: stagetek Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 14-Feb-18




My dad bought a Bitzenburger in 1968. I'm still using it. The clamp lost spring tension, and I replaced it a few years ago. I couldn't even guess how many arrows I've fletched with it.

From: PECO
Date: 14-Feb-18




I have a jojan multi, it will do the job. I have a used Bitz from ebay and it is a far better jig. I had a red plastic thing that was junk. I use the Bitz with right wing clamp for all my feather fletching. the jojan has straight clamps and I use it with plastic vanes with a slight offset for making arrows for my other bow.

From: Mountain Man
Date: 14-Feb-18




I bought an old Bitz years ago,,,got all 3 clamps Im sure it had thousands of arrows thru it even before i got it

From: Cameron Root
Date: 14-Feb-18




Decut

From: StikBow
Date: 14-Feb-18




I think you can get the ball bearings and springs clips to restore older Bitz clamps

From: DHay
Date: 14-Feb-18

DHay's embedded Photo



My first fletcher was given to me by a fellow that was retiring it from his archery gear. It was Brass with a helical clamp and a little room for adjustment, somewhere along the way the bearing and spring for the indexer disappeared. Then, I got a Martin fletcher. I have been using a Martin J-8 fletching Jig for years and it has been solid and dependable. It has a lot of adjustment and you could get L, R, and straight clamps for it. The Grayling fletching Jig is basically the same Jig. I bought a Grayling a few years ago to double my efficiency when I start fletching some arrows. I can get L, R,Straight clamps seperately for the Grayling and they interchange with my Martin Jig. I have been very happy with my Martin J-8 and now my newer Grayling Jig.

From: RonG
Date: 28-Feb-18




I have been using a Grayling for thirty years, I decided to try something else, I should have bought this Bitzenburger a long time ago.

They both do the same thing, but the bitz does it a lot easier and more precise, I had to file the Bitz clamp to make full contact on the arrow shaft, but it was easy and sure made a super fletcher.

I also bought some of the self adhesive stick on pvc strips to keep the glue from messing up your work in case you applied too much. Another Vote for the Bitz.

From: Orion Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 28-Feb-18




Brass: You're right. The wing designation is the wing of the bird they come off of. A right wing fletch will spin the arrow clockwise. A left wing fletch will spin it counterclockwise.

If you use screw in points, right wing fletch will tend to tighten the points when the arrow impacts the target. Left wing, just the opposite. Though some folks say points will even loosen with right wing fletches. Of course, if you use glue on points, it doesn't matter.

For selfbow shooters who shoot off the knuckle of the bow hand, some say that fletch makes a difference, i.e., that the leading edge of a right wing feather gives better clearance than the leading edge of a left wing feather for a right hand shooter, and vice versa. I've never found that to be the case. I get little nicks now and then with either wing feather when I shoot off my hand.

As others have said, really makes little difference whether you go right or left wing. Just remember not to mix them on the same arrow. The arrow will still fly, but not as well as if all the fletches are from the same wing.

Some of the newer copies of the Bitzenberger jig work fine and are less expensive. I like the Bitz best, though. Been using one for more than 40 years.

From: Muddyboots
Date: 28-Feb-18




My Bitz is still going like new at 50 years old. Can recommend it. I use RW for most arrows, and straight with a slight angle for shorter target vanes on skinny shafts.

From: oldnewby
Date: 28-Feb-18




X2 on the Grating jig. Very solid and inexpensive.

From: Orion Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 28-Feb-18




Got the right and left mixed up in the third paragraph above. Leading edge of left wing feather supposedly not as likely to cut into the hand of a right handed shooter as a right wing, and vice versa.

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 28-Feb-18




Used a Jojan multi for thirty years and it got the job done. Bought a bitzenburger twenty years ago, now I own two. The bitz jig magnet makes it easy to see what you have for glue line.

From: BOX CALL Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 28-Feb-18

BOX CALL's embedded Photo



I've used this jig going on 15 years.grayling,always LW helical,but got rw helical figured out now.thanks to Cameron foot for sending the rw helical clamps.

From: BOX CALL Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 28-Feb-18




Root,not foot.damn spellcheck.

From: Adam Howard
Date: 28-Feb-18




My Bitzenberger is 35 years old , Awesome, I even put the extra clamps on it like Jim Davis .....

From: DanaC
Date: 01-Mar-18

DanaC's embedded Photo



The AAE Fletch 3 is a good 'starter'. 1 degree right offset only. Will fletch fat or thin shafts.

If you're serious, buy a Bitzenberger.

From: Bill Rickvalsky
Date: 01-Mar-18

Bill Rickvalsky's embedded Photo



If you really want to spend a lot of money and be super productive you could build one of these;

From: Car54 Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 01-Mar-18




Bitzenberger what I use..me likey.

From: Desperado
Date: 01-Mar-18




Get a Bitzenberger and don't bother with anything else. It will last your lifetime and then some !!!

From: sqrlgtr
Date: 01-Mar-18




Bitzenberger gets my vote also.

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 01-Mar-18




Make life simple and buy a used Bitz if you can find one and straight fletch your arrows. You then can use either right or left wing feathers with a little jig adjustment. Been fletching arrows that way for 50 years.

From: David McLendon
Date: 01-Mar-18




There's a Bitzenburger and clamp bidding at $41 right now, somebody go over there and win it.

From: nrthernrebel05
Date: 01-Mar-18




started with the Arizona switch to a Bitz about 4 years ago. I have a friend that uses the Martin and he likes that one very much. I guess it all boils down to what looks best to you. Good luck.





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