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    Default Broken Spear Shaft! Replacement ideas?

    Hi all,

    I recently broke the tip off of my JBL Explorer 24 spear shaft. I think it is 5/16 x42 with 6 mm threads. Ive thought about having a mechanic re thread the threaded end, but im not sure there is enough length left outside of the closed muzzle tip to do that, so I would like to get a replacement. Ive found the exact replacement for $44 + shipping and that does not include a tip. also, I believe it is the "adapt a shaft" model that seems heavy with the threaded connection in the middle. Are there any reasonably priced alternatives? Ideally, I'd like to get a single piece (instead of a shaft+tip) shaft. I think I have to go with the notched style shaft because Im not sure that shark fins would fit through the closed muzzle. Is that true? Does anyone have any recommendations? Are JBL shafts interchangeable with any other companies?

    Thanks in advance!

    Louis

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    I'm fairly certain that JBL uses the same style shaft as AB Biller, Sea Hornet, & Ocean Rhino. If so, those shafts are available at pretty much any dive shop. Take the old one with you to be sure.

    Yes, with the closed muzzle, you want the notched shafts, not sharkfin tabs.

    I'm not a big fan of separate shaft & tips. I use all single piece with the point ground into the shaft itself.
    Brian

    1999 Robalo 2440 w/ Merc 200s

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    Thanks Brian, I will look into those companies and see what I can find. Ill end up buying something online as there aren't many shops selling spearfishing stuff in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

    The other thing that I am noticing is that the place where the "adapt a shaft" screws together is a thicker diameter and also serves to catch the metal ring that has the tether that attaches to the gun. So Ill have to find a shaft that has a thick part there. Do any other companies use the slide ring technique to attach the spear shaft to the gun after firing?


    Thanks again,
    Louis

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    Yes. They all use some means to catch the metal ring. I'm not familiar with the adapt a shaft, but the others I've seen have a slight protrusion that the ring won't pass.
    Look here: SPEARSHAFTS & SPEARTIPS | Ocean Rhino
    Scroll down to where you can see the slots on the shafts. Just in front of the slots is the protrusion. This protrusion catches part # R304. The line attaches to R305, which is just in front of the slidering.
    Brian

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