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SGT Rock
2010-03-23, 08:32
Bought an aluminum arrow yesterday to make some toggles for my hammock suspension. Ended up with two toggles at 2 grams each. I got to looking at the left overs and thought: "That would make a few tent stakes as well".

So I chopped the remainder into 4 parts. They seem a little shorter than I would want. But at $3 an arrow I could always make some more. They only weigh 3 grams each.

Anyone tried using arrow shafts as tent stakes?

Mutinousdoug
2010-03-24, 22:09
You're talking about Easton arrows, right?
Haven't tried them for tent stakes but I used to hunt with them for about 7-8 years. I'm thinking they're going to be kind of fragile for pounding into the ground, even with a target point on either end of the stake. drilling or poking holes in them seriously weakens them too. They'll want to split.
If you can push them into the ground without banging on them, they might hold up.
The 7075 aluminum is pretty highly stressed to give it strength but that pushes the yield strength to just about the ultimate strength so when they let go, they're done.

SGT Rock
2010-03-25, 08:07
I made some that weigh about 4 grams each and are about 5.5" long. I'll get some pictures up.

I haven't banged a stake in in years. If I can't push it in, I move somewhere else. I don't know how well these are going to hold up, but they seem sturdy.

The arrows are Eastons, and the only name on them is "Scout". They have a thinner O.D. than the rest of the arrows in that section. They have three fletchings and a permanent mounted target point. I'm guessing they are for youth archery or something. I couldn't find them on the Easton site.

SGT Rock
2010-03-25, 16:49
I saw those yesterday when I went back to get another arrow to play with. FWIW, the OD and probably the ID on this arrow is smaller than the other arrows I saw there yesterday.

Here is my hillbilly solution:

http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/1/3/3/100_0056_thumb.jpg (http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/showimage.php?i=8888&c=15)

I took a 2-3/4" hardwood golf tee and cut it in half, then super glued the parts into the aluminum shaft. After they were in I used some vice grips to give a little extra crimp in the shaft to hold onto the tee parts. It didn't take much as the fit is very close on the tee and the ID on the arrow.

And it is 5-1/2" long and weighs 4 grams. Less than the 6" carbon fiber stakes by about 3 grams each.

MonkeyBoy
2010-03-25, 16:50
Fence ties for chain link fence work great as stakes. The steel ones work best.

SGT Rock
2010-03-25, 17:01
Here is a picture of the toggles I made from the same arrow, 1 gram:

http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/1/3/3/100_0057_thumb.jpg (http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/showimage.php?i=8889&c=searchresults&searchid=37409)

Connecting the Dynaglide Whoopie sling to a Nano7 hammock:

http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/1/3/3/100_0058_thumb.jpg (http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/showimage.php?i=8890&c=15)

warraghiyagey
2010-03-25, 22:21
Nice! . . . . . :angel:

sheepdog
2010-03-26, 22:56
I saw those yesterday when I went back to get another arrow to play with. FWIW, the OD and probably the ID on this arrow is smaller than the other arrows I saw there yesterday.

Here is my hillbilly solution:

http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/1/3/3/100_0056_thumb.jpg (http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/showimage.php?i=8888&c=15)

I took a 2-3/4" hardwood golf tee and cut it in half, then super glued the parts into the aluminum shaft. After they were in I used some vice grips to give a little extra crimp in the shaft to hold onto the tee parts. It didn't take much as the fit is very close on the tee and the ID on the arrow.

And it is 5-1/2" long and weighs 4 grams. Less than the 6" carbon fiber stakes by about 3 grams each.
how much does the bow weigh to shoot them inna ground

SGT Rock
2010-03-26, 23:12
9mm. I thread them onto the tip of hollow point bullets and shoot them into the ground.

Hog On Ice
2010-03-27, 09:17
Rock - have you checked out the possibilities of using aluminum knitting needles for tent stakes? I vaguely remember some discussion about this in the past on some forum somewhere but I can't remember anything about the weights.

SGT Rock
2010-03-27, 09:35
I remember reading that too, but I don't recall anyone actually trying it.

saimyoji
2010-03-27, 22:25
the very best and lightest tent stakes i've found, along the AT, are fallen logs, large rocks, and protruding roots....just move them or tie off to them....

SGT Rock
2010-03-27, 22:26
I do that too.

Maybe some ti chopsticks for tent stakes ;)

saimyoji
2010-03-27, 23:08
I do that too.

Maybe some ti chopsticks for tent stakes ;)

a real waste of money considering the woods are full of titanium trees.....:albertein