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Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: North Central PA 2G
Re: may have made a mistake
I finally decided to try crossbow hunting since I’ve retired and being frugal (very cheap) I bought a USED Barnett Quad 400 recently. The rope cocker that came with the crossbow looked pretty bad so on Saturday (12th Sept) I went to Dicks (40 miles away outside Muncy, PA) and bought a Barnett "Crank Cocking Device" ($79.99) and a Morrell target. I took it home and on the 13th I looked it over and began the install using the directions. Directions consisted of 5 drawings of the device, each on different crossbows. I found the one Quad drawing and went to town. I also consulted the one page info and noted the Quad had the device strings OVER the anchor points. It looked OK but I had a concern as the strings left the “drum” and seemed to ANGLE outward to the point they went over the string anchor points. So I got a bolt ready (not on the rail) and worked the crank. As I cranked it went easy than hard then easy then hard. As the string got to the "trigger latch" all [censored] broke loose. The limbs snapped forward and the cocking device strings were "flapping in the breeze." I then took everything apart and found the strings had broken on the end where they go into the "drums" The knotted end of the strings was still in the "drum" and the strings appeared to be broken right or very near the “drum” and crank assembly. I also noted the four pronged connection of the two pieces of the “drum” will no longer fit correctly.
I was/am quite upset as I assumed being a “Barnett” product it would work well on a Barnett crossbow.
I did check on a PA web site and located a Barnett Quad that has a Barnett “Crank cocking Device” installed. From that picture on that site it was clear that his/her crossbow has the strings install UNDER the anchor points.
On 15 Sept. I called Barnett in Tarpon Springs, FL and spoke with Jeri, she listened as I tried to explain the problem and she decided that Barnett would replace the “assembly” and would send me replacement parts. She confirmed that the strings have to be placed OVER the anchor points on a Quad 400 crossbow.
I'll keep everyone posted when the "replacement" parts arrive.