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Best Fletch Jig for Small Diameter Shaft
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Contributors to this thread:
Popeye 27-Jul-18
Bou'bound 27-Jul-18
Buffalo1 27-Jul-18
JW 27-Jul-18
WapitiBob 27-Jul-18
wyobullshooter 27-Jul-18
oldgoat 27-Jul-18
4blade 27-Jul-18
Ermine 28-Jul-18
Matt 28-Jul-18
Boris 28-Jul-18
ChrisH. 28-Jul-18
Popeye 28-Jul-18
Cheesehead Mike 31-Jul-18
Brotsky 31-Jul-18
Boris 31-Jul-18
Matt 01-Aug-18
ki-ke 01-Aug-18
Mark Watkins 01-Aug-18
Matt 01-Aug-18
Boris 01-Aug-18
smarba 01-Aug-18
From: Popeye
27-Jul-18
Like many of you, I cut and fletch my own arrows (carbon shafts for compounds, but I'll take the training wheels off some day) and I have used my Bitzenburger for years. I won't shoot arrows that don't have helical, offset, or both. I microadjust the jig to get good contact, and use cryo glues, but blazer vanes are hard to get full contact the whole length of the fletch. So as I'm considering a sub-6mm shaft for my next build (I mean 5mm or smaller when I say 'small diameter') I assume it will be even harder to get good contact on such a small diameter shaft.

Here are the Qs: What jig do you use to fletch your small diameter arrows with helical or offset? And do you have any advice before I spend some coin on this build?

Thanks in advance. I call this period of the summer Elk-Con-Bravo. I absolutely love browsing these threads and sharing information...

From: Bou'bound
27-Jul-18
Grayling

From: Buffalo1
27-Jul-18
On a 5mm (no experience on smaller shaft) a Bitzenburger will work to helical or offset. The longer the vane/feather the greater the helical.

The best helical I have ever gotten on a 3-fletch 2” Blazer is with a Bohning Helical Tower which is designed for 2” fletching.

I think (never used) that the Arizona E-Z Fletcher will do the same as the Bohning Tower.

From: JW
27-Jul-18
Arizona mini for 2” vanes. Puts a nice 3 degree offset on them. Arizona mini max for vanes up to 3”. Puts a hard helical even on the skinniest shafts. I use both on Black Eagle X Impacts and Deep Impacts. Great little jigs.

From: WapitiBob
27-Jul-18
The best jig money can buy is the Last Chance jig.

27-Jul-18
Arizona Mini. Puts great helical on my Axis with Blazers.

From: oldgoat
27-Jul-18
Bitzenberger for all diameters of shafts! I've used it from Victory VAPs to fat target arrows, they are the benchmark of fletching jigs!

From: 4blade
27-Jul-18
I use a Bitzenberger for my 5mm Axis and fletch right helical without any problems. 3" vane as well.

From: Ermine
28-Jul-18
Bitz works well on my 4mm arrows I usually fletch 4 fletch.

From: Matt
28-Jul-18
Arizona mini for skinny shafts and 3 fletch.

Edit: I have 2 minis and when using super glue I can fletch a dozen arrows in about 10 minutes. Load one, glue, clamp, set aside, repeat with the other, and when I am done with #2 the arrows in #1 are ready to come out. Repeat.

From: Boris
28-Jul-18
I use the JoJan multi. But with small vanes, I tried this. It works. Put the vane in clamp that you plan to glue. Then put a second vane farther up the clamp. That helps balance out the clamp. Oh, you don't glue the second vane.

From: ChrisH.
28-Jul-18
I’ve used my Bitzenberger to 4 fletch Platinum Pierces and FMJ 5mm. Great contact for both, it took some adjusting to get it just right but that’s all.

From: Popeye
28-Jul-18
Thanks all, some jigs I've never heard of and some good tips! Never considered a second unglued vane Boris, it will definitely help!

Looks like I'll be adjusting the allens on my Bitz for the first time in a decade, and I should expect good contact. And as soon as I lock it down I'll end up robin hooding several of my .302 OD arrows, I'm sure.

31-Jul-18
I use the JoJan with Blazers and everything else too. Thanks for the tip on the second vane Boris.

From: Brotsky
31-Jul-18
I have great luck with the AZ mini for blazers on my 5mm FMJ's. Puts a nice helical on them.

From: Boris
31-Jul-18
I hope it works for you guys. It does for me. Oh, welcome.

From: Matt
01-Aug-18
Boris, defining "it" and the related problem would be additive.

From: ki-ke
01-Aug-18
Matt- I know your neck hurts when you look up, so........this, from Mr. Boris" original post from above: ; ^ )

"I use the JoJan multi. But with small vanes, I tried this. It works. Put the vane in clamp that you plan to glue. Then put a second vane farther up the clamp. That helps balance out the clamp. Oh, you don't glue the second vane."

From: Mark Watkins
01-Aug-18
4MM micros (injexion/VAP size) three fletch, the best ive found is the AZ MIni.

Mark

From: Matt
01-Aug-18
Ha, I was late to the party.

From: Boris
01-Aug-18
Matt No problem. Like I said, it works for me. Oh, you will have to make some adjustments to your fletcher. The other thing that I was thinking of doing, was to get JoJans 90-180 degree arrow holder. The one I have now 75-105 degree, I think. Like my FITA coach said to me. Archery is nothing but experimenting. We are trying something new all the time, until we are happy with what we are doing.

From: smarba
01-Aug-18
I had a Bitz helical clamp I accidentally dropped on the floor and severely bent/dented the front edge. I chopped the entire clamp off a little in front of the iron plate for the magnet and it works MUCH better to fletch short vanes than the full length Bitz helical jig. Still doesn't get as much helical as I've seen from others using Bohning Tower or AZ EZ, but good enough for me to control fixed blade BH just fine.

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