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I recently built a set of fairway woods.

When I was in Golfsmith getting the tools and things, I was going  to buy the  24 hour cure epoxy but the sales guy told me to get the 30/60 sort that cures/dries in about an hour, apparently. It cost the same ($10) so I know it wasnt just a sales pitch or anything, and he said thats all they use there, but I wonder about the strength of an epoxy that sets that quickly.

Has anyone used the 30/60 type and had a problem with heads coming off ?

When I built a set of irons back in the 90's I used the 24 hour stuff and those clubs are still around. Im half wondering if I should just buy the same 24 hour stuff again and keep it on hand for when these heads to end up flying off or if Im worrying myself for nothing.

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I won't claim to have a ton of experience here, but I have the 30/90 stuff.  I always let the epoxy cure for 24 hours before I use it however.  I've only built about 125 or so clubs for friends/family thus far mind you.

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My club builder let me watch him build, apparently he had an epoxy that was even faster than 30/60, not that I wanted to take my driver out and hit it afterwards anyway being paranoid and all about it.

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Made a slight mistake on mine, this is what I'm using.  12 minute gel time, 60/90 cure. Like I said though I let it cure a full 24 hours before I hit the clubs.

http://www.golfworks.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_PSB4_A_cn_E_33

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Thanks for the link. I think that answers my question.

Id rather have to go find my clubhead and re epoxy it on rather than get to a point where I need to remove it from the shaft and have to do more than just heat it up to get it off.

Hopefully these dont fall off. The epoxy did get a lot of good reviews, but a couple guys said their heads did end up flying off. So I guess its a trade off.

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My first guess when a head comes off (assuming a non-fast-curing epoxy was used) is that the shaft tip wasn't prepped properly - especially when it comes to steel shafts.

Maybe stay away from par 3 water carry holes for the first few swings though.

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Originally Posted by bradsul

My first guess when a head comes off (assuming a non-fast-curing epoxy was used) is that the shaft tip wasn't prepped properly - especially when it comes to steel shafts.

Maybe stay away from par 3 water carry holes for the first few swings though.



I definitely made sure to follow the directions to the letter. I did what it showed to do with the shafts. I guess its possible that the two reviews I read about the head coming off was someone who didnt get the shaft roughed up enough for the epoxy to adhere to it well enough.

Thankfully the course I play doesnt have much water and definitely none within range of the tee where the head could make it that far if it did come off.  :)

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A veteran club builder said he had used the quick-cure epoxy for years with no problems. His corporation, however, mandated that their club smiths switch to the 24-hour variety. Some customers may think the 24-hour method is "better," even if it isn't.

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I like to keep it simple. 50/50, beaded, 24 hr. NEVER a failure.
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