Spliced Maple, Break and Jump Shaft Care Instructions

WARPAGE – FINISH. Wood will soak up moisture in wet climates and release moisture in dry climates. To prevent warpage or finish problems, store your cue in an environment that has a stable and consistent temperature with a humidity level of 45 to 50 percent.

ABUSE. Cues made of wood are not designed to withstand lateral pressure and should not be leaned or propped up against a wall, dropped on the floor, bent excessively while playing, or hit on a table. We recommend protecting your cue with a case.

SHAFT DIAMETER. We do not recommend turning your shaft down. Your shaft’s taper and diameter were engineered with accuracy and performance in mind. Should you choose to turn your shaft down, please be aware that any Predator shaft turned down or sanded below the tolerances in the table below will result in the automatic voiding of your shaft’s warranty.

3RD GENERATION SHAFTS


Shaft Model Min. Shaft &
Ferrule Diameter
Min. V-Tek Tip
Silencer Thickness
Min. Ferrule
Length
Min. Vault Plate
Thickness
logos-match-vantage 0.492″

(12.50mm)

0.010″

(0.25mm)

0.425″

(10.80mm)

0.070″

(1.78mm)

logos-match-z-3 0.449″

(11.40mm)

0.010″

(0.25mm)

0.374″

(9.50mm)

0.070″

(1.78mm)

logos-match-314-3 0.482″

(12.25mm)

0.010″

(0.25mm)

0.475″

(12.00mm)

0.070″

(1.78mm)

logos-match-carom 0.457″

(11.60mm)

0.010″

(0.25mm)

0.315″

(8.00mm)

0.070″

(1.78mm)


2ND GENERATION SHAFTS


Shaft Model Minimum Diameter
logos-match-z-2b 0.449″

(11.40mm)

logos-match-314-2b 0.480″

(12.25mm)

logos-match-fatc

0.500″

(12.70mm)

TIP REPLACEMENT. Should you wish to replace the tip on your Predator 3143, Z3, Vantage, or Vantage 3C shaft, do not remove the dark gray tip silencer plate located underneath the tip as this will reduce the strength of your shaft and void the warranty. The tip silencer must remain at least .010″ (0.25mm) thick to maintain the shafts integrity. Should you need to replace the tip silencer, please contact customer service or an authorized Predator repair center. Click here to watch the Predator Third Generation Tip Replacement Instructional Video.

PHENOLIC TIP REPLACEMENT. If you want to replace your phenolic tip on you BK2/BK3 break cue or your Air/Air2 jump cue, do not remove the black carbon fiber tip plate located under the brown phenolic tip as this will reduce the strength of your shaft and void the warranty. Leave .020″ (0.5mm) of the brown phenolic before gluing on the replacement tip.

SHAFT MAINTENANCE. To clean your Predator shaft, use a towel slightly dampened with rubbing alcohol. After cleaning, use a leather burnisher or similar material to seal the shaft. Using a Carnuba wax may also help to seal the shaft and protect it from moisture. To avoid damage, do not sand the shaft; no abrasive is necessary. Do not expose the shaft to excessive moisture and do not steam it to remove dings. Importantly, do not use any water-based cleaner.

THE ORIGINAL UNI-LOC® JOINT. We recommend cleaning the Original Uni-Loc® Quick Release joint when you first receive your cue and every six months thereafter. These joints are precision manufactured to exact tolerances and even a modest amount of dirt can create a problem. You can use a Q-Tip dipped in Isopropyl Alcohol (90%) to clean the inside threads and bore of the shaft insert. Clean the joint pin and threads with alcohol and a clean rag. We recommend the use of joint protectors to help keep your joint clean and to protect it from damage.

FERRULE. Much of the shaft’s performance can be attributed to our ferrule design and composition. Due to the performance enhancing material used for the ferrule, scratches may appear with normal use. In this case, we recommend sending your shaft to an authorized Predator repair center for a clean up. Removing or changing the ferrule will void the warranty.

PARTIAL SHAFTS. If the official Predator logo is not on your partial shaft, the Limited Lifetime Warranty is void.

PREDATOR CUSTOMER SERVICE. If you have any questions or need any maintenance work done on your Predator product, please contact customer service via the Help button on the lower right of the page.

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