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Compound Bow Repairman in Toronto

So I have been repairing compound bows for several years now - "performing surgery" on them, as I like to call it.

I have been doing this solely for people via word-of-mouth and former archery students. This is the first time I have decided to start advertising this particular service.

DIY Tip - How to unstring a vintage compound bow.
I fix both modern compound bows and vintage compound bows - the one above in a vintage 1970 Model T Jennings - one of the first models of compound bows ever made.

How am I qualified to do this?
  • 28 years of shooting bows, including a variety of different compound bows.
  • BTAC Certified Bicycle Mechanic - I know it is not a bicycle, but bicycles still use cables for the brakes and derailleurs, and I should point out there is less than 60 bicycle mechanics in all of Canada who are actually certified by the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada. Those of us who are actually certified are RARE.
  • I have been writing blog posts about how to repair compound bows for awhile, so if you just want to do it yourself, absolutely, just DIY. You don't need to hire me.
  • Thousands of hours playing with Lego. Ha!
  • I enjoy ripping things apart and reassembling them.
  • I have been building my owns bows and crossbows for over two decades.
There is no such thing as a certification program for compound bow repairmen - not yet at least. (Note to self...)

I am going to continue to write blog posts about how to repair compound bows, for a variety of reasons.
  1. Bowhunters really should learn how to maintain/repair their bows so they can repair them in the field.
  2. Like any skill, you should practice it regularly. Writing about it just encourages me to keep practicing.
  3. Writing about the repair process is enjoyable to me. I take photos of the bow. I give the bow a name. It is all good fun.
  4. Nobody else in my region of Canada seems to be doing this. (Except maybe those people paid to be doing it, in which case I doubt they fix bows for fun.)
  5. If I get plenty of clients asking for repairs, I shall make an effort to take photos of the repair process of each bow and post the process on here so that other people can learn how to do this.
  6. I consider myself an educator.

MY COMPOUND BOW REPAIR RATES?

I charge $30 per hour plus the cost of materials.

For contrast purposes, I know the Bow Shop in Waterloo quoted someone recently $80 to $100 just to replace a cable - a job that should take less than half an hour. That is a ridiculous hourly rate! Oh to have a job that pays $160 to $200 per hour. The cost of the cable itself should relatively inexpensive unless it is a special custom job - which it was not.

CONTACTING ME

Send me a photo at cardiotrek{atsymbol}gmail.com and please include some photos of the damage.

I will quote a possible price for the time of repairs I think it will require, plus the cost of any materials. That way you have an estimate of how much the repairs should cost. (I make no guarantee that it will be the precise cost, but I shall try to stay close to that time/cost estimate.)

:)

WHAT IF MY OLD COMPOUND BOW IS A JUNKER?

Then it might still be good for salvaging parts. Send me a photo at cardiotrek{atsymbol}gmail.com and I shall have a look. If it cannot be repaired whatsoever I will make you an offer to buy it for spare parts.

If I collect enough spare parts I can make Frankenstein Compound Bows and then sell them. Woot?! I have to assume that there are other people like myself who get a kick out of shooting a Frankenstein bow.

Note - To anyone visiting this page looking for information about how to make Frankenstein Compound Bows, you really need to know how to custom make your own cables and strings. Otherwise you will need to hire someone else to do it, and any person you hire will be dubious about the whole prospect of trying to make a string/cable for a FrankenBow.

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