‘The Arrow Inspector’ from Pine Ridge Archery

Pine Ridge Archery Products is a family business that started in 1959, and has grown and diversified over the past 50 years.  Product development for Pine Ridge Archery takes place in the woods during annual hunting trips to various locations, while members of “Team Pine Ridge” discuss the pros and cons of proposed ideas for the following year.  The Broberg family’s inventive spirit leads them to develop archery products that are truly helpful for today’s bowhunter.

The Arrow Inspector is designed to ensure a smooth and accurate arrow flight by verifying arrow shaft straightness, broadhead balance and straightness, nock alignment, and vane or feather balance.  Let’s put it to use and test the results.

The Arrow Inspector from Pine Ridge Archery Products

Initial Inspection: When I received The Arrow Inspector, I examined it for any defects in quality and workmanship, but found none.  All components fit together and worked perfectly. Assembly was quick and easy, and the instructions for use included in the package were easy to follow.  The instructions include method descriptions for each type of inspection.

The Arrow Inspector features low friction machine cut steel axles and precision cut aluminum wheels – to detect even the slightest bend in an arrow shaft or unbalanced arrow.  A tool to check arrow straightness is essential when gluing inserts and installing nocks on carbon fiber arrows.  If you use aluminum arrows, this tool becomes even more vital to prevent the use of bent shafts in the field.  This simple yet effective tool should improve your accuracy and prevent untimely misses due to improper arrow flight.

Arrow spins on two precision aluminum wheels at each end

Using The Arrow Inspector is very simple, just place the arrow on top of the aluminum wheels and spin the arrow.  As I mentioned, you can check for arrow shaft straightness, broadhead balance and straightness, nock alignment, and vane or feather balance.  I use carbon arrows with aluminum inserts and plastic vanes.  You can verify shaft straightness on carbon arrows, and although you cannot straighten them…you can select the straightest in your collection for hunting situations.  If the shaft (without a head) wobbles when you spin it, it is not straight and could cause improper arrow flight.

When cutting shafts and gluing inserts, you can verify that your cut is true and the insert is centered by spinning the arrow on The Arrow Inspector.  Use a fixed blade broadhead, and if the broadhead wobbles, check your cut for 90 degrees and verify that your insert is glued in straight.  This test can greatly improve arrow flight and accuracy, especially if you use fixed blade broadheads.  You can also check nocks for wobble using the same method.

Excess glue at fletching time could cause an arrow to be out of balance. To check the balance of your feathers or vanes, place arrow on The Arrow Inspector and rotate slowly.  Leave the arrow in one position and if it rotates, inspect the vane or feather that faces downward for excess glue. A well balanced arrow will remain stationary when rotated to any position on The Arrow Inspector.

It is important to verify that the broadhead is true to the arrow

Testing: In order to test The Arrow Inspector, the best approach is to test my arrows, select the truest and compare accuracy results against those that were not true when spun on the tool.  Repeated groupings will enable me to average the results.
I used The Arrow Inspector to check my Carbon Express Maxima Hunter shafts, inserts, and nocks for straightness and alignment, and I verified vane and broadhead balance for each arrow.  I selected the three truest arrows and the three worst arrows for my evaluation.  I shot sets of three arrows each from 20 yards, using the best three for one grouping, and the worst three for the other grouping.  I repeated this test ten times and averaged the results.

Keep in mind that the results are subjective based upon the accuracy of the shooter, but I group fairly consistently from 20 yards and I am confident in my abilities to keep tight groupings from this distance.  My groupings using the three truest arrows averaged 1 ¾ inches overall.  My groupings using the three worst arrows averaged 3 ¼ inches overall.  That’s a difference of 1 ½ inches between the groupings.  An 1 ½ inch difference might not seem like much, but stretch your shooting distance out to 30 or 40 yards shooting at a deer’s vitals, and that might be the difference between a freezer full of meat and an empty truck after the hunt.

Conclusion: It’s not rocket science…using The Arrow Inspector to verify shaft straightness, broadhead balance and straightness, nock alignment, and vane or feather balance can greatly improve your arrow flight and accuracy.  This tool is a good investment for around $30, and it’s definitely worth the time to tune your arrows…two thumbs up!

Pros: easy to use, affordable, improves accuracy
Cons: NONE

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