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Old 09-05-2018   #1
 
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removing counter balance?

Found some discounted cataract oars that came with the rope and counter weights. I have doubts that I'll like the counterweight that much and was wondering if anyone has removed it from the oar?

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I have a pair of counter balanced Cataract oars and wanted to remove the weights. I contacted the factory and they said the weights are epoxied in and can not be removed. Wondering if someone has found a way to remove them.
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I haven't pulled one out, but there was a handle at DRE that you could swap out for a non counter balanced one to make it counterbalanced. Presumeably you could do the opposite and pull out the counterweighted handle and replace it with one without the weight.

I removed a handle recently from a broken oar, and it just took removing the screw, applying a bit of heat with a heat gun and then putting a smaller tube into the oar shaft and hammering it out from the back side. Some oars have a plug partway through the shaft, so it might be a bit hard to remove the shaft with those.
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Use a big piece of pipe (long, not heavy), or a 1.5" piece of round bar stock...1'-2' long.

Slam that thing in there like a giant slide-hammer and bang the handle out.

I haven't tried it with a counterbalanced handle, but I have done it with a non-counterbalanced Cataract handle. It works.


The counterbalance is a big steel rod, about 1.125" diameter that is epoxied into the handle. I think Cataract's standard counterbalance is about 4lbs. Half as much would feel better to me.

@Electric-Mayhem, I think hammering it out with a pipe worked better than the heat gun. We tried it both hot and cold, and it was the hammering that did it.


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I would buy new handles or try to swap with somebody. As a last resort cut the steel rod off at the start of the wood and you will get rid of about 2/3 rds of the weight. I had the opposite problem my counter balance weights fell out of handles on my second time using.
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Cataracts don't have screws or wood.
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I removed a CB handle from a Cataract oar using the method described by MT4Runner. It was a pain, but they came out without damaging the oar shafts. You will destroy the CB handles, though (at least all of the plastic/coating on the bottom of the handles).
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Cataracts don't have screws or wood.
Some Cataracts have wooden handles. I ordered mine that way.
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Found some discounted cataract oars that came with the rope and counter weights. I have doubts that I'll like the counterweight that much and was wondering if anyone has removed it from the oar?

I don't get it. You bought something you don't really want and now your trying to mod it? Why not just get what you want, why pay for something you don't?
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