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OK, so I've got a blow torch. I've got a vice. I've got a work room with your standard assorted tools. 

 

I want to remove adapter tips (they don't need to be salvaged) from shafts without a shaft puller and without affecting the integrity of the shaft. 

 

Can this be done? 

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It’s usually the other way that this works out better. Saving the tip and discarding the shaft. I’d recommend against pulling any type of graphite without some sort of puller. 

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Never used a torch (the direct flame might scar both the adaptor and the shaft),  had a heat gun though.

 

Got a piece of wood,  found a long screw that was the same thread as the adapter.

 

Stuck the screw threw the wood,  vised the wood,  screwed the shaft/adapter in.

 

Heated it slowly with the Heat gun and pulled from the other end.  I actually had my wife use the heat gun while I pulled on the shaft.

 

About 60seconds later, pop.  Shaft was out.

 

Didnt scar the adaptor or the graphite shaft.

 

 

 

 

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I wouldn’t without some sort of shaft puller. I messed up several shafts trying without. Need a straight pull not a twist

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1 hour ago, uglande said:

OK, so I've got a blow torch. I've got a vice. I've got a work room with your standard assorted tools. 

 

I want to remove adapter tips (they don't need to be salvaged) from shafts without a shaft puller and without affecting the integrity of the shaft. 

 

Can this be done? 

Yes it can, you dont need a puller. Just dont ever TWIST and you should be fine. I use a torch. Saving adapters is hard, you have very little wiggle room between the epoxy melting point and the aluminum oxidation. Chances are you will not save it your first few attempts. Id advise against heat guns. Takes longer and actually gets the shaft really hot, vs a torch with a very focused heat area.

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Thanks for the feedback, all. I think I will wait to experiment with some less expensive shafts, or will just get a shaft puller. The two shafts that currently need work are too expensive for me to be messing around with them. 

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11 minutes ago, uglande said:

Thanks for the feedback, all. I think I will wait to experiment with some less expensive shafts, or will just get a shaft puller. The two shafts that currently need work are too expensive for me to be messing around with them. 

Heres what i do, i get a metal coat hanger and make a small loop. Grab an adapter screw and a small washer. Screw on the screw, washer and the looped coat hanger. Put the shaft in your vise but not too tight you cant spin it. Heat and spin. A second person makes it even easier,  but with one hand on the coat hanger just pull with medium to light force. When epoxy breaks it will start to pull off. This prevents you from the urge to twist as well. You can also just use pliers, but it gets real easy to want to twist lol.  Good luck.

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11 minutes ago, uglande said:

Thanks for the feedback, all. I think I will wait to experiment with some less expensive shafts, or will just get a shaft puller. The two shafts that currently need work are too expensive for me to be messing around with them. 


This one is my personal choice:

 

https://www.golfworks.com/the-golfworks-fast-shaft-extractor/p/faste/

 

This one works too since you mentioned you have a vice already:

 

https://www.golfworks.com/maltby-graphite-shaft-extractor/p/ma2007/


Chances are either one is cheaper than the shafts you’re trying to save. 

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12 minutes ago, MPAndreassi said:


This one is my personal choice:

 

https://www.golfworks.com/the-golfworks-fast-shaft-extractor/p/faste/

 

This one works too since you mentioned you have a vice already:

 

https://www.golfworks.com/maltby-graphite-shaft-extractor/p/ma2007/


Chances are either one is cheaper than the shafts you’re trying to save. 

That vise model was just what I was looking for!

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5 hours ago, uglande said:

OK, so I've got a blow torch. I've got a vice. I've got a work room with your standard assorted tools. 

 

I want to remove adapter tips (they don't need to be salvaged) from shafts without a shaft puller and without affecting the integrity of the shaft. 

 

Can this be done? 

God! you brought back horrific, funny memories. I was poor and young. I heated my expensive shaft with a torch and tried to pull it by hand--- the shaft moved like a noodle--and that was the end of a shaft I had splurged on.  Since then I have pulled thousands with a puller....

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11 hours ago, uglande said:

OK, so I've got a blow torch. I've got a vice. I've got a work room with your standard assorted tools. 

 

I want to remove adapter tips (they don't need to be salvaged) from shafts without a shaft puller and without affecting the integrity of the shaft. 

 

Can this be done? 

 

Can it be done?   Yes.

Can it be done without risk to the shaft?   No.

 

Get a puller - even a cheap one can work well.   Or make one yourself.   Do a search for "DIY shaft puller" and you can find a few ideas.

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Yeah, invest in a shaft puller from GolfWorks. That's almost the best money spent in my club building department (Best was a garage sale $5 pre-owned folding work bench that I use the most).

 

Also get the adapter pull kit: https://www.golfworks.com/oem-adaptor-saver-kit/p/gw0130/

 

If you don't think you'll pull that many, then head to a good pro shop but it's a risk with any shop. I've been burnt twice by those mongrels (2 burnt, melted tips) so I do my own now. If I screw up (none yet), its on me and I don't feel bad.

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I have pulled adapters probably 25+ times in the last few years.....the kit from Golfworks is great.....makes it easy. You can also use a screw from an actual club. 
 

I have used this puller with a bench mounted vice and a heat gun.

 

https://www.golfworks.com/value-shaft-extractor/p/gw1112/?country=US?country=US&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIy_-uxeH47QIVRaiGCh3_sAcbEAQYASABEgIzJPD_BwE

 

Haven’t had any issues pulling the adapters and even saving the ferrules. Doesn’t take too much heat to get the adaptors to move. 

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As someone mentioned, you can DIY.  I did this one and it works great for the few shafts that I pull: https://www.tutelman.com/golf/measure/shaftPuller.php

 

Vice from Harbor Freight: https://www.harborfreight.com/4-inch-jaw-capacity-drill-press-vise-30999.html

 

HF does not sell Pitman Arm pullers anymore.  You can get them on eBay or other sources: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Heavy-Duty-Pitman-Arm-Puller-Truck-Car-Pitman-Arm-Remover-Two-Jaws-pulling-Arm/271801004927?hash=item3f489a337f:g:H0QAAOSwe-FU~od4

 

Also, if you oinly need for 2 shafts, maybe take them to a shop and have them do it.

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$75 plus shipping is a great entry level price for someone who wants a puller. I’m surprised that no one has mentioned the old fashioned pry bar as a low cost alternative. Especially if this is a one time job. I’ve got a couple of mitchell pullers in my shop and still use the pry bar for some repairs. Learning curve is extremely short. I’m sure you can be YouTube certified in minutes. 

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11 hours ago, Nessism said:

It's amazing how many people thing a heat gun is safer than a torch.  Truth is a heat gun will spew heat over a wide area and heat up the shaft and head far more than a torch will.  Case in point is that I use a full sized propane torch when pulling steel shafted irons and I NEVER use a glove.  Put the torch flame right on the hosel, count to 15 while moving the flame, then twist off the head.  If the head won't turn use 5 seconds more heat.  Use a heat gun and it will take 1-2 mins and the entire head and well up the shaft will get hot.  Not good.

 

This is the most pertinent post in the entire thread. 

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16 hours ago, SwingBlues said:

 

Also get the adapter pull kit: https://www.golfworks.com/oem-adaptor-saver-kit/p/gw0130/

 

 

 

I have nothing against golfworks but save your money.   Don't spend $15 (after including shipping) for a couple of screws and a washer you can get at your local hardware store for $2.   It's just a set of plain old ordinary screws.   Head type doesn't even matter.   If you're not sure which one you need:

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