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Bat Shaving 101
If you've ever had a bat shaved before you may have noticed the annoying rattling (or what sound like debris in you bat). What happens is that as the composite material starts to break down, the composites starts to flake off rattle around the inside of your bat. It doesn't happen all the time. We've developed the strongest and most durable Polymer Coating on the market that we apply to the inside of the barrel after shaving. This will help minimize this flaking effect and in most cases totally eliminate this worry. It also has been effective in extending the life of your shaved bat by approximately 10%. We've been using this treatment on our own bats for years and now offering it to our customers.
Why is having an experience Shaving Company Important?
Bat Shaving is an art. Just because you have a lathe doesn't make you an experienced bat shaving company. There are only a hand full of companies that can successfully roll and shave the newer Composite and Aluminum bats. This is key to getting a superior product. Don't trust your $300 bat to just anyone.
I've seen lower priced Bat Shaving Services. Why is this?
Bat Shaving is an exact science and you MUST get it done by a professional. You will see Bat Shaving for as low as $50-$70. With Bat Shaving you GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. If you choose to go with a lower priced company you will not get the results you desire or your $300 bat will prematurely break after minimal hits. A lot of lower price services will only use a hand drill to hone the inside of the bat out. We use a professional quality Digital CNC Lathe to ensure consistent optimal results. Unfortunately it's very easy to put up a website and call yourself an "Authority" or #1. We've been in business for over 8 years and our experience is second to none.
How do you Shave a Bat?
We'll try to educate you about the Bat Shaving process and how you can benefit from it. The first step in the shaving process is removing the end cap. Companies that offer their bat shaving services to the public are able to remove end caps without damage. This allows them to be re-used to ensure a proper fit. In some cases the end cap is damaged during the removal process so you want to make sure you choose a company the ability to replace the end cap if needed.. Recently the associations have mandated bat manufactures make it more difficult to remove the end caps and this has made it more difficult to remove the end caps without damaging them. If you find a good bat shaving company they will be able to make you a new replica end cap or replace the original end cap. We suggest you try to locate someone that has this ability. Once the end cap is removed the inner barrel walls of the bat are then shaved to make them thinner. A qualified bat shaver will use a $100K Professional CNC Lathe to remove a predetermine amount of material from the inner walls of your bat. They will remove typically 3/4 to 1 ounce of weight during the shaving process on softball bats and baseball typically only loose about .5 ounces. You can only shave the area of the bat that has the same diameter. Baseball bats typically only have 4-6 inches of this area so the amount removed is limited.
What are the benefits from shaving?
Once your bat is shaved, the walls will be able to compress more and this will create greater trampoline effect when it makes contact with the ball. This will create a higher batted ball speed which adds distance. I would say a typical increase would be 30-50ft in distance and a much larger sweet spot so your miss-hits are not noticed as much. We highly recommend that you locate a supplier that will roll your bat along with shaving. This will give you the best results.
What are risks associated with Bat Shaving?
As mentioned above, when you shave your bat you are thinning out the walls of the bats. Bats were designed with durability in mind as well as performance. Since the walls are thinner your bat will most likely break sooner than a bat that has not been shaven. If you roll your bat, you will achieve almost the same results but the durability will not be sacrificed. Another consideration is the potential legal issues that come with shaving. If you were to injure someone using a shaved bat you most likely will be sued and banned from your league or association. It's very easy to determine if a bat has been shaved or not. You simply just remove the end cap and look inside. You will be able to see the lathe marks on the inside of the barrel. By rolling your bat you will not be able to tell that the bat has been altered at all. For this reason we will ask you to sign our disclaimer to ensure we are not held liable for any injuries caused by improper use of a shaved bat. All rolled bats will have a removable sticker applied to indicate it has been rolled. This is just a reminder to you that your bat may exceed the designed performance rating.
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