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Old 02-25-2013, 10:05 AM
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I have a bowtech destroy 340 and just purchased an EZ Press green.

1) Do I need to back the limb bolts out before pressing? how many turns?

2) also, are there any other things similar to that I need to know beofore pressing?

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Old 02-27-2013, 05:37 AM
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I'm surprised a shop owner hasn't chimed in. I'm not, but I have pressed several bows. I have a Bowtech General '08. Not sure the brand of my press.

I have never loosened the limb bolts when pressing.

My press came with u-shaped pins designed for use with split limb bows. The key is to get them lined up near the pulleys without touching them, but not on the end of the limbs.

Go slow, watch, and listen as you increase the pressure. Only go as far as needed. You should be fine.

If you're in doubt contact the press manufacturer, Bowtech, or both. You'll get the correct answers from them.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:05 AM
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I'm not 100% sure about the 340, but I'm fairly certain the rule in my 350 manual says 3lbs/turn, and do not back out past 3 turns from dead nuts tight. Obviously that is meant for use, not necessarily just pressing, but I use that as my rule of thumb for pressing too.

I always loosen my limbs when I press my bows, the idea being taking a little stress off of the limbs and riser since when I press it, it might be under a weird torque compared to drawing by hand, and in general, when I press my bow, I expect to have it under higher tension than when under draw and for a considerably longer time.

I think it's particularly important to relieve a little pressure if you're not using the appropriate press for the destroyer. I'm a firm believer that ONLY limb tip compression presses should be used on destroyers, or most parallel limb bows for that matter. If you're using an old style press with your destroyer, take it as easy as you can.
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