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Old 08-15-2013   #1
 
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Anyone want to trade oars

So i bought a 14 avon yesterday and the setup came with 4 10 ft counter balanced sawyer polecat oars. i would be willing to trade 2 if not all for some 9 ft polecats or something comparable if anyone out there has what i need. let me know Thanks

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You can cut them down from the handle end using a trim blade on a chop saw.
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You can cut them down from the handle end using a trim blade on a chop saw.
I thought they had an internal counterweight of .... lead or something??
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This may or may not help but here goes.
I just changed out some cataract counterbalanced handles to wood.
Their counterweights are 1 1/4"x10 1/4" steel round bar.
Half of the counterweight is handle and the other half is cast into plastic the same ID as the shaft.
That is then glued into the shaft.
I used a heat gun to warm up the shaft to break the bond of the glue and used a strap wrench to twist it out of the shaft.
This can easily ruin the handle, I did.
I have also cut them down from the blade end and rebored the blade hole with a sharp unibit with a light touch.
This may be the way to go in this case.
Don't try to use twist bits to bore the hole, as it will splinter to much.
I think you would get the cleanest hole with a annular cutter, but I did not have one of the right diameter, so I don't know for certain.
One more thought is cut them to 9'-6" first then go to 9' if needed.
Easy to cut down, hard to add on to.
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Don't try to use twist bits to bore the hole, as it will splinter to much. I think you would get the cleanest hole with a annular cutter, but I did not have one of the right diameter, so I don't know for certain.
I used a hole saw to make the new hole after cutting down my sweep.
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I used a hole saw to make the new hole after cutting down my sweep.
Another good way to skin the cat and cheaper to boot.
Did you get a tight clean hole out of it?
I ask because I have not tried that.
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So, before you start cutting the oars, a few questions. Was this a used set-up or new? If used, was the previous owner using the 10 ft. oars successfully? How wide is the raft & frame? If it's new, why did they sell oars that long with the package if they're way too long? Have you set the raft & frame to try them? I'd make sure that they won't work before I started cutting or trading them. I say this because I have suffered with "short oar syndrome" in the past. Just wondering?????
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Unless it's a really narrow Avon, you will be happier with 10 ft oars. I went back and forth on the decision with a mind to all the rocky rivers I like to run and in the end went with 10'. Once you get a feel for them in lower/rockier situations there is only benefit to the extra power.
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I have a 14' NRS expedition and have 9' oars. I wish I would have ordered 9'6".
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Did you get a tight clean hole out of it?
Yes. It was a relatively new if not unused bit.
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