How To Cut Arrows On Your Own

By Justin ZarrApril 13th, 2020

Cutting arrows in your garage or workshop can save a great deal of time and allow you to experiment with various arrow lengths and types.  

This step by step guide will show you how to properly and safely cut arrows on your own.

Step 1 – Determine Your Arrow Length

If you don’t already know exactly how long you need your arrow, your best bet is to use a draw length arrow to find out. 

With the draw length arrow nocked on your bow, draw your bow back (be sure to keep it pointed in a safe direction) and have a friend tell you the length of the arrow approximately 1 inch in front of your arrow rest.  When finished, let your bow down slowly and remove the draw length arrow.

Step 2 – Set Your Arrow Saw

Apple Archery Arrow Saw

Most arrow saws have a measuring tape on them for ease of use.  Simply loosen the bolt that holds the arrow stopper in place then slide it to the appropriate length and retighten. 

Before cutting your arrows it’s helpful to lay an arrow in the saw and mark the location of the blade, then measure with a tape before cutting just to be sure.

Step 3 – Cut Arrows

Before turning on your saw be sure you are wearing adequate eye protection!  Once your eyes are properly protected turn on your arrow saw. 

Insert the nock end of the arrow into the stopper, then slowly bring the front of the arrow into the saw blade.  Rotate the arrow as you are cutting to ensure a clean and level cut.

When you are finished cutting your arrows be sure to use an arrow squaring tool, such as the Arrow Squaring Device from G5 Outdoors, before installing your inserts.  This will ensure the end of your arrow is completely square for better broadhead and field point alignment.

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Justin has been bowhunting for more than 25 years, harvesting a number of P&Y whitetails in his home state of Illinois during that time.  He co-hosts the popular bowhunting show 'Bowhunt or Die' and is a frequent guest on numerous hunting podcast.  Justin lives in the NW suburbs of Chicago with his wife and 3 children.
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