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Start with a thin bit, sometimes the heat from the bit will soften up the whole wad enough to pull it out quickly

 

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When I do pulls, I place the head of a good sized finish nail on the end of the epoxy plug, then use a hammer to tap the plug into the shaft, at which point it is loose.  This assumes the grip is removed so the plug can fall out the butt end.

 

This only works when the shaft is still a little warm.  You could warm it up with a heat gun and do the same. Don’t get it too hot to touch.  If you can grab onto it, it’s less than 140F, and that’s perfectly safe for the shaft.  

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3 hours ago, ChaosTheory said:

This only works when the shaft is still a little warm.

I've used a punch to punch out the epoxy months after they've been pulled. I just drill a shallow hole first to guide the punch. Epoxy doesn't bond well to the inside of graphite shafts, so if you hit it hard enough, they'll come loose. The more epoxy, the harder you need to hit it, but I've punched out 3" long pieces.

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i f***** up a graphite shaft once trying to drill out the epoxy. it should be pretty easy in theory but i somehow missed and drilled on an angle and through the side of the shaft. i was very embarrassed.  golf works sells a tool ive since bought that is like a drill chuck that clamps around the tip with a hole in the top just big enough for a drill bit that comes with it and is the size of the shaft tip hole. its basically a self centering drill bit holder that works very well if youre worried at all about damaging the graphite

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