Bat Shaving Interview
By Jacob R. McDaniels Jan 7th, 2020 10:29 CST
Bat Shaver Interview
Bat Shaving Interview
Answer: I used a few bat shaving companies and had a couple issues of them not shaving my bats. Since there was only a few people shaving bats I decided to learn how to shave them the right way. I figured it could not be that hard to learn and it took about a year to finally feel confident to start putting out a good product. There are still bat shavers out there scamming people and it sucks. Mostly it is bad workmanship or not having the right specs for bats, I really have not heard of anyone blatantly not shaving bats any more although it had been a problem for a few years and I would get bats in that were not shaved. Now I will get some in where the ring has not been removed and they shave only half the barrel.
Why did you start shaving bats?
Answer: Yes, it is always on my mind but the bats are not to be used in any sanctioned event or league play.
Question: But you got to know people use these bats in games where they could hurt individuals.
Answer: Again, I do not shave bats that are to be used in any kind of play. They are for practice, homerun derbies and such. The customer agrees to these terms when purchasing.
Do you ever worry about getting sued?
Answer: Wow, if it is that many it is a very small percentage; I would say 5% at the most.
Questions: What type of bats do you shave the most of: slow pitch, fastpitch, or baseball?
Answer: It would have to be slow pitch bats
It is estimated between 30-40 million play softball. How many, in your opinion, use shaved bats?
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Answer: The goal is to have the bat look the same as when it was sent in but I have seen work that is terrible. Some bat shaving guys use aftermarket caps and that is an easy way to tell for me but that doesn't always mean the bat was shaved. It could mean the person needed a new cap for their broken one. I guess if the bat hits extremely far and it has an aftermarket cap it is very likely it has been shaved. Same goes with crappy looking glue or separating end cap.It could just be the person trying to fix their bat or the end cap can naturally creep out after a lot of use. The weight of the bat could also be a sign of bat shaving. If the bat is under weight by around an ounce or more it could have been shaved. You have to take in account the weight of the original new bat. But the easiest way to tell if a bat has been shaved is with a compression tester. Most bats have a compression number they will not go past unless it was shaved or cracked. A bat will also go past compression if it has a crack in the barrel so you would have to check for that also on the outside of the barrel. Even with the bat going under compression and no visible cracks it still could have cracks located on the inside of the barrel. With all that said you will never be 100% sure the bat has been shaved unless it is opened up and the inside of the barrel walls are inspected. The inspector would also have to know what the inside of a normal bat wall looks like for that specific bat.
Are shaved bats easily detected?