I referred to the Az fletch in the second post, works okay... Very easy BUT consistency comes when you use the same Bitz for each vane on each arrow. When you use several different jig's you can end up with different results and slightly different flight patterns of each arrow even if you attempt to find the nocking point of each shaft prior to fletching them... I have had many hours upon hours of conversation with Josh at Spot Hogg about this and IMO if you care about your equipment to the Nth degree, use the same jig for each arrow, use care and take your time... It's kind of like fly fishing and art... It's not about how quickly you can do it, but the enjoyment of knowing your equipment, it's tolerances and how well you can create each one :) When you are done, they are your most important field tools.
Sorry about the book! Only my opinion out of many as I wish only the best results and I have made plenty of mistakes till i found what worked well for me... Happy fletching!
I shoot FMJ's and fletch them with 2" blazers, for my arrows, I wouldn't use anything but the EZ-Fletch mini, best way to get a real helical on those 2" vanes, doesn't hurt that its fast either. I used the blitz the first time around was getting what I thought were good results but my groups tightend up substanstially with the Mini.
Maybe my arrows would be more consistent doing them on a blitz, I wont argue that one way or another, but I shoot my arrows enough to know whether or not one isnt grouping and should make the cut or not.
My 1st and 2nd shot, after I put a helical on my arrows.
I've been experimenting with the Quickfletch system from NAP this spring. I use the 2" quickspin vanes. I have been very impressed with them. It is so quick and easy to use, and my accuracy if anything has improved. I like the idea of being able to quickly refletch some arrows in camp if needed. Two thumbs way up!
No doubt the Bitz is one of the best there is. I too have fletched alot of arrows. All I use now is my bitz. Used to carry a arizona easy fletch to hunting camp just in case..Well case never really comes when you have a dozen arrows fletched, numbered and ready to go.
I also love the pic of the blood splatter on the tree with the arrow..To cool. One more thing, Helical fletch will stabilize a little faster with broadheads but its been my expierence that 3 degree offset flies almost as good. fletching a good arrow is only one piece of the sometimes comlicated process.
I'm new to making arrows and just bought the Arizona EZ fletch. I've practiced on about 20+/- arrows and have found it to be easy to use. I'd advise practicing on some of your broken ones to get the hang of it before fletching your hunting arrows. Also, you save time fletching 3 vanes at a time vs one. That being said, I haven't used anything else so my point of reference is limited.
I concur with CrookedR and use the same exact setup. Loctite gel glue from Wal-Mart is just as good if not better than anything else I have used and is less than $3. The nice thing about the Bitzenberger is the adjustability for trying different offsets, that is, if you like trying different configurations as much as I do.
loc-tite gel ultra.....ive used all the others and if you want the quickest drying best holding without having to wipe every vane off first, get it. you will not be disappointed, i promise.