Rubber

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by R3dsnail, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. R3dsnail

    R3dsnail New Member

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    Ok this may be a old question but but what the differnce with the flat band and the tube<br><br>and what about the old fashioned square rubber any one rate it?
     
  2. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    I have experience with flats and tubes. Both have their own benefits, it eventually comes down to personal preference though.<br><br>I stick with flats now. easier to use/ attach, cheaper to buy in bulk and for some reason I cant make them break as easily as tubes...<br><br>I suggest trying them all out. I have seen the square rubber, have yet to try it though.
     

  3. slingshots.ws

    slingshots.ws New Member

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    Hello friend i want to ad the same question but including Square Rubber?
     
  4. jordthered

    jordthered New Member

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    I use flatbands for performance they are faster and can attach to many slingshots. I use tubes for everyday shooting and practice they last a long time but are limited in there attachment methods. As for the sqare or gum rubber iv only seen it on an old slingshot of my grandfathers and unfortunitly it was long dryrotted but it was the only band iv seen that the pouch was molded into the rubber giving an option for single large ammo or multi small ammo.
     
  5. charlesgmorgan

    charlesgmorgan New Member

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    The general opinion is that tubes last longer, but that with the right material properly prepared, you can get greater velocity with bands. As for availability, you can buy rubber bands almost anywhere, but tubes are generally harder to find. I have not seen square rubber here in North America ... maybe I have not looked hard enough.<br><br><br><br>Cheers ..... Charles
     
  6. Јузер Нејм

    Јузер Нејм New Member

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    Heard of squares, but never seen or tried one. Maybe they are out of production?
     
  7. slingshots.ws

    slingshots.ws New Member

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    well in my Country they still have them, they work very good.
     
  8. John S

    John S New Member

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    Flatbands are faster than tubes and its easier to add more bands to a slingshot where as tubes might start getting crowed after a couple.
     
  9. Antraxx

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    On top of that tubing is stiffer...harder to fold the slingshot into your pocket.<br><br>i´m all with flatbands...very easy to make the shot stronger or weaker, and attacable to nearly everything. <br>only advantage is durablility imo, but on the other hand we all have heard that well attached bands can last over 200 shots and badly used tubes (like in "The V") die very soon...so i´m with flatbands.
     
  10. slingshots.ws

    slingshots.ws New Member

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    well i have work with square rubber and they last very long, but flat bands are more powerful
     
  11. Joe

    Joe New Member

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    Tubes are generally more durable, but bands can carry more energy
     
  12. Joe

    Joe New Member

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Јузер Нејм wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Heard of squares, but never seen or tried one. Maybe they are out of production?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"> Never heard of them</span>
     
  13. petersonOD

    petersonOD New Member

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    I don't really prefer one or the other. I think both tube and flat are fun to shoot in their own way. Try both.
     
  14. John S

    John S New Member

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    Tubes work great with smaller pulleys.
     
  15. Јузер Нејм

    Јузер Нејм New Member

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    I have tubular bands on my natural fork slingshot. Bands are medicinal, those used when giving infusion, or injection - or commonly used by junkies <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_mad.gif" alt="Mad" longdesc="8">. Rubber is worn off now, but it shooted for 3, almost 4 years. Its not so powerful, but it is good for targeting.
     
  16. Јузер Нејм

    Јузер Нејм New Member

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    Theraband blue is latest and fanciest i've tried, but it is very gentle, if you put it on the sun for 5-10 minutes, don't try full strech - ever! dont know about tb gold, haven't try it yet, but this blue one isn't so durable.<br><br>P.S. Joerg, where do you get those big chunks of theraband?!? It looks like there are 100 - 150 meter of rolled tb gold? Only shop i found in serbia sells therabands for around 20 euros per 2, or 2,5 meters (not shure). It's rip off i think...
     
  17. Miniman

    Miniman New Member

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    faltbans are faster but don't last as long
     
  18. Cuthbert Allgood

    Cuthbert Allgood New Member

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    get latex. you will never go back
     
  19. R3dsnail

    R3dsnail New Member

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    <a href="http://www.bellsofhythe.com/products.asp?catid=107" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.bellsofhythe.com/products.asp?catid=107</a><br><br><br><br>if any one`s intresred in the square rubber
     
  20. Simon J

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    My understanding of rubber is it has an internal friction/resistance which makes the thinner flat bands faster than the thicker tubes (less thickness = less resistance). Does this imply that the thinner the flat band the faster the exit velocity? 1611Torsten on youtube has some very fast speeds with his slingshots using blue bands. I don't have a chrony so can't do my own testing. From what I understand thinner bands generally aren't used because they break so easily, but to my limited experience they always seem to break in the same places - at the forks or the leather, I have ovrcome this with an extra layer of flat band around the power strip in those areas. Has anyone found similar?