Gear Review: Goat Tuff GT Fletcher

Field Evaluator Gary Elliott takes a look at this innovative new arrow fletcher from Goat Tuff Products.

I was recently given an opportunity to review the new GT Arrow Fletcher™ from Goat Tuff Products. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality, ease of use, precision, price and compact size of this fletching jig.

The GT Arrow Fletcher comes with:

1 Base with 2 V-Blocks

1 Three fletch indexer

1 Four fletch indexer

2 Lock Down Clips (Holds shaft in gluing position)

4 Vane Nests (½ degree, 1 degree, 2 degree, and 3 degree)

½ degree Vane Nest for vanes up to 4” long. Also recommended for most crossbow arrows.

1 degree Vane Nest for vanes up to 4“long.

2 degree Vane Nest for vanes up to 3.25” long.

3 degree Vane Nest for vanes up to 2.25” long.

The GT Arrow Fletcher will work with any vane or glue however Goat Tuff does recommend their series of Opt Vanes and their fast drying Goat Tuff Cyanoacrylate Glues for optimal performance. I personally use their Goat Tuff High Performance Glue because it is easy to work with as it's a bit thicker than the other brands and found I consistently get fast, clean, consistent results.

The jig is only 7” long and 2” wide but will quickly and accurately do any size vane up to a 3 degree helical. ½ degree for vanes up to 4” long, 1 degree helical for vanes up to a 4”, 2 degree helical for vanes up to 3.25” long and 3 degree helical for vanes up to 2.25” long. The jig will do 3 and 4 index vane fletching on any shaft and has 2 lock down clips should you want to keep the shaft down on the vane while doing some other task. Most times you'll just use your fingers to hold the shaft on the vane as it only takes 6 - 8 seconds to set up.

Simple to use:

1.Ensure vane and shaft surface are clean. Goat Tuff also makes products to ensure your shafts are properly cleaned before fletching.

2.Place vane nest (helical degree) in base

3.Snap nock into the center of indexer

4.Place vane in vane nest

5.Apply thin layer of glue

6. With your fingers on the shaft and over V-Blocks press down so shaft and vane make contact and hold for 6 to 10 seconds,(may be longer if not using Goat Tuff glue) and release.

7. Repeat steps until arrow is fletched.

The GT Fletcher is designed with True Contact Design™ for precision fletching which ensures full contact of the vane to the shaft and makes for quick and fuss free fletching. If done properly Goat Tuff says you can fletch 12 arrows in under 20 minutes. I know I did 3 arrows and it may have taken me 5 minutes.

I was really impressed with the ease and speed of this fletcher and the precision. And, the GT Fletcher is competitively priced at $49.95. Quality made by a company that is known for making great archery products.

In closing I can only say I really like using this little fletching jig and will continue to do so. I do fletching on the side and I need a fletcher and other products that are not a pain to use, don’t make a mess, makes me money and don’t waste my time. The GT Fletcher, Goat Tuff Vanes and glues are exactly what I need.

To learn more go to: Goat Tuff Products and watch the video on how to use the GT Arrow Fletcher. While there you'll see some of the other great products from Goat Tuff.

 

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