Three must-have products from Last Chance Archery
As an avid archer and bowhunter, I frequently tinker with my equipment. That’s partially because I worked at an archery pro shop as a technician for 10 years, but also because I get satisfaction from taking game with equipment that I set up and tune myself. I also test and evaluate equipment from manufacturers, plus I handle any servicing my wife’s bow needs, as well.
Every time I get a new bow, I outfit it with accessories and tune it. Sometimes our bows need minor adjustments on short notice during bowhunting season, too. This, of course, requires tools.
You can probably imagine how many trips I’d make to an archery shop and the money I’d spend if I didn’t have the knowledge and necessities to work on and service our bows at home. So, I use Last Chance Archery’s economical EZ Green bow press, EZ Green vise and Handheld Bow Scale. These outstanding products are essential to my home bow shop.
EZ Green Press
If you’re unaware, a bow press simply “presses” the bow until the bowstring’s tension releases, allowing you to work on the bow, perhaps installing a peep sight or adjusting cam synchronization, among other things.
Most of the market’s bow presses are designed for commercial use in an archery retail store. As such, they’re often cumbersome and take up a lot of space. They’re not exactly friendly for home bow shops.
The EZ Green remedies that. Not only is it far more affordable than most bow presses of equal craftsmanship, it’s also remarkably compact. Plus, it can be accessorized to further simplify bow work. Last Chance also offers a plethora of clever addons that include tool trays and several mounting options. The EZ Green press can either be mounted to a bench as is, or it can be used in conjunction with Last Chance’s floor stand or hitch mount (both sold separately), which slides into the hitch receiver on the back of your vehicle. Traveling archers and bowhunters will find the second option quite useful.
Last Chance bow presses feature a patented finger system that presses the limb tips just as if the bow were being drawn back, which doesn’t twist the limbs or stress/torque the riser. Additionally, limb adapters are available for most compound bow makes so that limbs aren’t damaged while pressing your bow.
A measuring tape is integrated so you can easily adjust the press for your bow’s axle-to-axle length prior to pressing. Pressing the bow is simple: Hold the bow’s limb tips against the press’ fingers, then simply turn the hand crank clockwise until the bowstring’s tension releases.
There are several items, as an archer, I wouldn’t be caught dead without. The EZ Green press is high on the list.
EZ Green Vise
Convenience is an asset when performing bow work that requires both hands. The EZ Green bow vise mounts to a workbench. It firmly grasps the bow, holding it upright for operations like tying on a string loop, yet offering the versatility to orient the bow to virtually any angle for other tasks using a 360° axisadjustment system. The vise’s connection points are cushioned with rubber tubing to prevent limb scuffs and damage. I’ve worked on bows with and without a bow vise, and without question, a vise allows a bow technician to perform work more precisely with hands-free convenience. For the price, the EZ Green bow vise is a no-brainer. Handheld Bow Scale
While working as a bow technician, I learned that few customers knew their bow’s draw weight. They’d take a guess, but then be surprised when we’d reveal that it was significantly higher or lower than they’d originally believed. My question is this: Why guess when you can know?
The Handheld Bow Scale simplifies draw-weight checks: Simply insert the device’s hook into your string loop and draw your bow. Of course, the highest digital reading as you draw is your draw weight, but you can also continue to full draw and hold there to read the holding weight. One-stop Home Bow Shop
The products I’ve outlined here are outstanding, but they represent only a fraction of Last Chance Archery’s offerings. Many more accessories and devices are available: grain scales, fletching jigs and advanced-grade bow presses, among others. But, for the home bow shop, the three products I’ve covered here will get you started. I’ve used other bow presses and vises in the past, yet none are as simple and convenient as those from Last Chance Archery. With them (and a little knowhow), you can perform most technical bow operations from the comfort of home. That’s hard to beat.