How to assemble a high-kneel canoe power meter

To assemble the power meter you need to attach blade and the clamp sleeve to the shaft. This guide describes the process of fixing the blade and sleeve into the correct position using the hot-melt glue included with your power meter.

It is very important that the blades are aligned with the zero angle of the shaft. Please read these instructions thoroughly.

It is very important that the shaft is shortened by cutting the sleeve only. Do not cut the blade end of the shaft.

Step 1. Identify the components

Step 2. Assemble the shaft and slide on the blade (without applying glue)

  • Slide the handle into the clamp end of the sleeve and set the length to 0cm.

  • Slide the sleeve onto the spigot end of the shaft. Make sure to leave a 35mm of exposed spigot (see image below)

  • Slide the blade into the end of the shaft.

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Step 3. Measure the paddle length and calculate how much to trim (this step only required for untrimmed shafts)

  • Measure the length of the paddle from tip to handle.

  • Calculate the amount that needs to be trimmed off the paddle by subtracting your desired paddle length (minimum) from the measured length.

  • Dis-assemble the shaft components.

Step 4. Cut the sleeve (only required for untrimmed shafts)

  • Measure and mark onto the end of the sleeve the amount that needs to be trimmed off the paddle (see image below).

It would pay to double check your measurements at this point.

  • Cut the sleeve with a fine tooth hacksaw or a thin cut-off disc. Sand the cut surface with medium grade (e.g. 240 grit) sand paper to remove any sharp edges or splinters.

Make sure you wear all of the necessary protective equipment when cutting the shaft: - Eye protection - Dust mask - Gloves - Ear-muffs (if using a cut-off disc)

Step 5. Glue the sleeve onto the shaft using the hot melt glue

  • Wrap masking tape around the shaft spigot allowing for a 35mm spacing between the end of the shaft and the edge of the tape. (this tape may already be in place).

  • Wrap masking tape around the end of the sleeve.

  • Heat the glue stick with a heat gun until the stick becomes soft

  • Dab the softened glue stick onto the shaft spigot, depositing glue at several locations

  • Using a stick/trowel, spread the glue over shaft spigot. You will have to apply heat to the deposited glue to allow it to be worked smooth.

  • Prepare to glue the sleeve onto the shaft by reheating the glue on the shaft as well as heating the end of the sleeve. Take care not to overheat the shaft or the sleeve during this stage.

  • With the glue hot and the sleeve heated, assemble the sleeve onto the end of the shaft. Push the sleeve all the way to the masking tape and then rotate the sleeve into the position where the zero angle marked on the clamp lines up axially with the LED and Datum mark (white dot)

  • Remove any excess glue while it is still hot and easy to wipe away. A turps soaked rag can assist with removing any excess glue.

  • Allow the join to cool down before applying any force. Once cool, make sure that the shaft/sleeve alignment remains correct. If adjustment is required, heat up the join with a heat gun to re-activate the glue then twist to align the marks.

Step 6. Glue on the Blade using the hot melt glue

  • Wrap masking tape around the blade end of the shaft.

  • Heat the glue stick with a heat gun until the stick becomes soft

  • Dab the softened glue stick onto the blade spigot, depositing glue in several locations

  • Using a stick/trowel, spread the glue over blade spigot. You will have to apply heat to the deposited glue to allow it to be worked smooth.

  • Prepare to glue the blade onto the shaft by reheating the applied glue as well as heating the end of the shaft. Take care not to overheat the shaft or the blade during this stage.

  • With the glue hot and the shaft heated, assemble the blade onto the shaft. Push the blade all the way into the end of the shaft and then rotate the blade into the position where the face of the blade points in the same direction as the LED and Datum mark (white dot)

  • Remove any excess glue while it is still hot and easy to wipe away. A turps soaked rag can assist with removing any excess glue.

  • Allow the blade join to cool down before applying any force to the glued joint. Once cool, make sure that the blade alignment is correct. If adjustment is required, heat up the join with a heat gun to re-activate the glue then twist to align the marks.

Step 7. Attach the handle

  • Loosen the clamp by undoing the lever and then inset the handle to the desired length. Close the lever to lock the handle in place.