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Old 09-24-2010   #1
Plano, Texas
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Cataract Oars

I've got three 9.5' cataract oars but I need 8.5' oars for my raft. Is it possible to cut the 9.5' oars to 8.5' and drill a hole for the blade to lock in? Anyone have experience working with composites? Slow speed or high speed drilling for the hole? Power or hand saw on the shaft?

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Old 09-24-2010   #2
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It is possible, and has been discussed many times. Do a search, most people cut the handle end.

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Old 09-25-2010   #3
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I cut the blade end with a hacksaw. I put a hoseclamp around the shaft to guide the blade and cut a new 3/4" hole for the button with a holesaw, worked out very well, tighter than before.
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Old 09-25-2010   #4
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I had a set reworked at the factory in Salt Lake (Advanced Composites). The handle cut is a 4 inch minimum. They sell a kit with new handles and glue. The counter balanced handles are a nice upgrade that I also chose to put in while they were being worked on.

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