I’m looking to get my own press and draw board so I don’t have to drive 2 hours each way when I want to tinker with my wife and I bows anymore. What would be the best bang for my buck setup in your opinions? Will be used for a Prime logic, elite energy 35, Hoyt powermax, and a Mathews traverse Iv read some presses can’t be used with some bows.
I had built my own X press but when I looked into building my own limb tip press, by the time I bought all the thrust bearings and other components, I wasn't far off from the deal I got on my EZ Green.
Then your paying someone to work on your stuff, be self sufficient and don’t rely on anyone but yourself. The way this world is these days the more I know/ self sufficient the better off I am. 450$ press will save you money on the long run. I built a walk-in cooler, I have saved thousands in butchering costs
Not to mention you don’t have to have a walk in cooler to process your own meat. I wouldn’t mind having a cooler for aging but for 3 deer a year it’s hard to justify the space and money. A press on the other hand is something I’ve been needing for awhile. ;)
Built a walk in cooler so you can process your own huh? Heck of a deal never considered needing one of those in all the time Iv processed my own meat but good for you! Anyway looks like to me about $75 in materials and an afternoon to build a nock off like y’all suggest.
To save some time see if one of these guys would stencil the "fingers" for you. That`s about the hardest part. Looking at the press it`s hard to see the large price tag. If it was more reasonable they probably would sell a lot more and no one would need a knock off.
I built a pipe bow press. Uses a carpenter's 5' pipe clamp the neighbor gave me when he moved away. I bought a really heavy piece of hardwood at the lumberyard....about 3" thick x 6" tall x 8" long that cost me $5.00 that I sawed into 4" lengths for two press fingers. I then sawed cam slots into it and drilled it for the pipe to create two monolithic wood press fingers that easily slide on the pipe clamp. Works very well on the bows I've owned: Mathews Solo Cams, a Hoyt Carbon Element and Prime Rivals. Short or long axle to axle bows...it takes seconds to adjust. I can change cams or limbs, install peeps, etc on any of the noted bows very easily. Google "Archery Talk, pipe bow press" for 40 some pages of ideas. Mine is about as simple as you could make as I didn't have my wood working shop and tools set-up when I built it. PM me a number if you are interested in photos. No guarantees on the design, but I have used it for about 5 years without issue.
Not as nice as Ambush would build from steel, but functional and cheap, and a whole lot better than driving 2 hours one way to the nearest archery shop (that I don't trust). And building a draw board is even simpler, but cost me for a bit more for hardware...about $30 if memory serves me right. Good luck!
Yeah I used to do it without a walk-in cooler as well. I stepped it up. Let the deer ate for 7 days now and butcher when I have the time, instead of having to do it ASAP. Makes a world of difference in how it tastes and looks