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    meckelangelo's Avatar
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    Our local archery shop sells scrap arrows for about $1 an arrow. You can make quite a few toggles out of a single arrow. Just need a decent pipe cutting tool to get nice edges.

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    I like the shell casing idea. I think I will use .308

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    I can't tell you about the diameter size. Not my cup of tea. I don't know if it makes a difference on the strap and sling conection since the toggle isn't where the sling is at anyways.

    I used to use sticks I found at camp until I saw my wife's unused windchime calling me and asking to go to the woods with me. Now I use the small aluminum chimes as toggles. Very small and light.
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    My question is about the strength of the arrow shaft toggles, carbon or aluminum. I'm a big dude at 270, I know the principle idea puts the majority of load on the knot and not the toggle itself, but something in my head still says a little section of arrow cant support me.

    Just got my stuff together this week and wouldn't ya know it we are having record heat indexes this week. I want to try a test hang this weekend, but was thinking something like sections cut from an old broom stick as toggles.

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    Senior Member Floridahanger's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ErickSaint View Post
    My question is about the strength of the arrow shaft toggles, carbon or aluminum. I'm a big dude at 270, I know the principle idea puts the majority of load on the knot and not the toggle itself, but something in my head still says a little section of arrow cant support me.

    Just got my stuff together this week and wouldn't ya know it we are having record heat indexes this week. I want to try a test hang this weekend, but was thinking something like sections cut from an old broom stick as toggles.
    Yes, the broomstick would work, but if your using solid wood, why not use something a little slimmer like about the thickness of your finger?

    Try different toggles sizes and see what works best for you. Remember to test a little lower than you would normally hang to minimize any potential falling pains.

    Good luck and happy hanging.
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    Check out Knitting needles at WM, $2.97 per pair and good for at least 6 toogles
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    I now have alum. arrow toggles, but before that I always used small sections of limb from hickory trees harvested for cooking hog meat. Super strong, tapered and with the bark peeled off they slide out smoothly.

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    The compression rating for a 5/16" aluminum arrow shaft is some rediculously high number! You'll never get close.

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    I cut mine out of on old Easton arrow shaft that I had around. Works great and slide out of knot easy

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    I've made toggles from aluminum gutter nails, plastic coat hangers and trail sticks. All work great and have never failed.
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