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Seddy

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Bat cracks during knocking in
« on: October 14, 2013, 09:18:04 AM »

Hi hope you can help. I recently bought a Spartan MP 1000 bat and was in the process of knocking it in when I noticed a couple of little cracks in the toe. Should i be worried about these and stop knocking it in or just carry on as normal. Thanks
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Re: Bat cracks during knocking in
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2013, 09:23:53 AM »

Sounds like it would be ok. Have you got a picture?
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Re: Bat cracks during knocking in
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2013, 10:07:20 AM »

have you oiled the bat?
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Re: Bat cracks during knocking in
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2013, 10:28:29 AM »

Ok thanks. Think i might just be a bit paranoid about it. Heres a pic

« Last Edit: October 14, 2013, 10:42:12 AM by Buzz »
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Re: Bat cracks during knocking in
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2013, 10:28:52 AM »

If the cracks are going down along the grain, then don't worry - this is a sign of the bat opening up, which means you're doing a good job knocking it in! If the cracks go horizontally across the bat it could be a problem though, and may warrant sanding/taping immediately lest it gets worse.  A lot depends on the size and depth of the crack, so yes, photos would help.

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Re: Bat cracks during knocking in
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2013, 10:31:28 AM »

If the cracks are going down along the grain, then don't worry - this is a sign of the bat opening up, which means you're doing a good job knocking it in! If the cracks go horizontally across the bat it could be a problem though, and may warrant sanding/taping immediately lest it gets worse.  A lot depends on the size and depth of the crack, so yes, photos would help.

Well looking at the picture attached and your comments, it looks like the latter and not a good sign.
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Re: Bat cracks during knocking in
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2013, 10:34:08 AM »

Well looking at the picture attached and your comments, it looks like the latter and not a good sign.

Can't see a picture?

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Re: Bat cracks during knocking in
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2013, 10:41:26 AM »

This is interesting and shows a pretty soft looking bat with the way the bat has cracked along the lines of where the bat face has been compressed during the pressing process.

My initial reaction is that you haven't oiled the bat enough (at all?)
This isn't a big deal. Given where you are, I would either speak to the person who you bought the bat from and ask them to help you...

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find some good PVA wood glue, spread it into the crack, leave it to dry and then give the bat 2-3 good coats of oil (leaving 48 hrs between coats) then start the knocking the bat in.

I would also be really careful as to what I was using to knock the bat in.

Have you been tapping the bat a lot on a carpet quite hard too?
« Last Edit: October 14, 2013, 10:45:03 AM by Buzz »
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Re: Bat cracks during knocking in
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2013, 11:01:22 AM »

Send the bat back. Simple
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Re: Bat cracks during knocking in
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2013, 03:15:19 PM »

Looks like a little feathering of cracks running across the toe. Touch of glue should do the trick.
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Re: Bat cracks during knocking in
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2013, 03:20:37 PM »

Send the bat back. Simple

Not sure i would accept the bat back in this condition Reds. Once a bat has been knocked in it is no longer unused in my opinion.

This sort of cracking can happen as part of the knocking in process, depending on the technique used, the softness of the wood etc.

Normally, these little cracks can be sanded out, or glued up if they are too big for sanding. It is nothing to worry about in all honesty.

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Re: Bat cracks during knocking in
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2013, 11:23:38 PM »

Thanks for all the responses. I have glued them up and am giving it another couple of coats of oil. Seems to be doing the trick so far.
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Re: Bat cracks during knocking in
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2013, 06:56:08 AM »

How did you knock the toe in? I had this once but was because I was knocking the toe in too far round the toe and not keeping the mallet on the blade. Some glue did the trick but just watch where you are striking the mallet?
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Re: Bat cracks during knocking in
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2013, 09:46:22 AM »

How did you knock the toe in? I had this once but was because I was knocking the toe in too far round the toe and not keeping the mallet on the blade. Some glue did the trick but just watch where you are striking the mallet?


Thinking the same thing pete. I always use the M&H way of knocking in around the toe - holding the bat handle way up and using glancing blows at 45 degrees downwards - about 3 mins in to this video

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