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I have SOLVED my stuck strap problem
for some reason, ya'all think i still have a stuck strap, i do not :)

I am looking for NEW info on retrofiting an existing strap
to accept the "quick release" springbars

this requires a small oblong hole to be cut in the strap
My M50 came with one on the leather strap

i have several other straps i would like to retrofit
i am looking for the tool that cuts the hole in the strap
and any other first hand experiance using the QC pins

thanx

Folks
after my fiasco w/ my tubed hornback strap.....

feeding my growing collection of straps.....

any info on the QC pins and tool to cut into bands??

My M50 came with a leather strap that had the QC pins
makes it easy to change w/o a tool

there is a "hole" for the lever to poke thru
this post is looking for a tool to cut the hole in the strap
and any info on strengh and or first hand info on durabity of this type springbar

QuestionsS:

are the QC pins as strong?

anyone found a cutting tool less than Ofrei tool at close to $300 usd??

any reason i should not persue this?? (pros and cons of QC pins)

QC on a silicone?

thanx in advance

bw
 

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Somebody else suggested a great solution:

Wrap the end of the strap in a terrycloth towel (like, say, a washcloth), then simply grasp the center of the strap-end (and springbar tube) with a pair of needle-nosed pliers. Twist the pliers around their axis. The tube will bend/break -- so will the captive springbar ends -- and the strap will be freed. No muss, no fuss.
 

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Thanx for reaponse
I sent in my watch to lum tec to remove the strap

THIS post is about any source for the tool that cuts a hole in a strap to fit with quick release springbars

My M50 came with the leather strap equipped with the QC spring bars

You can buy the spring bars to put on another strap but the strap must have the hole cut into it

Oferai has one but it is $300
I want to retrofit some existing straps to make changing straps easier

Got it gents?
 

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Honestly, I wouldn't bother with installing quick-change springbars on your straps. Installing a strap with regular springbars is already easy enough and if you really want to use tubes with your straps, just install slightly shorter tubes (20mm tubes in a 22mm strap, 22mm tubes in a 24mm strap, etc.). Quick-change springbars are convenient, but not $300 convenient IMO.
 

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Honestly, I wouldn't bother with installing quick-change springbars on your straps. Installing a strap with regular springbars is already easy enough and if you really want to use tubes with your straps, just install slightly shorter tubes (20mm tubes in a 22mm strap, 22mm tubes in a 24mm strap, etc.). Quick-change springbars are convenient, but not $300 convenient IMO.
THATs what im talking abourt !! Thanx bud


So far i love my M50 so much that i want to wear it alot and straps often

Agree about shorter tubes, I like the way the stap feels, rotates with tubes

I find it strange that there is only one tool available to put hole in the strap

So, any one have one and has retrofitted thier straps??

BW
 

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Have you checked on any of the leather working sites on the interweebs? I remember doing leather craft at Scout camp (quite a few years ago) that there seemed to be an almost infinite number of tools and shapes for punching holes in the leather. Maybe you could ask in a leather working forum.
 

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Ah, I see you already found one. Looks very specialized. Perhaps you could recoup your investment cutting holes for other Lum Tec owners. :biggrin:
If i actually buy one, would be glad to help folks out

however, my experiance w/ service in the watch business is very poor

i sold some used watches, and used straps for reasonable prices
the buyers expectations were not worth the aggrivation

i also sold a month old custom watch, a week after sale, buyer
claimed there was no lume

no good deed goes unpunished

i would however consider a Loan Tool by mail deal
or meeting in person if close to Orange County, California
Los Angeles and San Diego

I will play with the removal and install after i get the M50 back
I may just keep it old school with a standard spring bar tool
 

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I will play with the removal and install after i get the M50 back
I may just keep it old school with a standard spring bar tool
I think, apart from your tubes experience, you'll find it pretty easy, especially if you invest in a decent tool, such as a Bergeon. The ones Crown & Buckle supply are pretty effective, too, in my experience.

$300 buys a couple of very decent straps, and that's where I'd personally prefer to spend my money.
 

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Timbo

agree on all points
however as my ADD kicks in always looking for more
ways to blow my money!!

Just talked to The Mother Ship
they agreed that a regular springbar
is a more sturdy and reliable option

so i am out of the searching for a hole cutter business

bw
 
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