Trying to reshaft a set of Bridgestone Tour B X-CBP irons. I’m using a high temp heat gun to soften the epoxy, but I can’t budge the head. I’ve heated the hosel to VERY hot. The few times I’ve used the heat gun on Taylormade irons, it was more than enough heat to soften the epoxy. Does Bridgestone use a special epoxy? Will I need to buy a propane torch.
Not sure about Bridgestone heads, but I reshafted a friend’s Ping irons some years back and, using a butane torch, had to heat them 2 or 3 times more than what I usually heat a hosel in clubs I build or have repaired. I think you will find the difference between a heat gun and butane to be significant. You will not harm the head or shaft with a torch. Make sure to wear an oven mitt to hold the club head when you try and twist it off, as the head will get hot. Also, soften the ferrule and cut it off, as prolonged heat could melt it or get it flaming.
If you are removing steel shafts, we will use a torch the majority of the time. Graphite shafts, always a heat gun. To my knowledge we have not had issues removing Bridgestone iron heads in the past. No idea what kind of epoxy or adhesive they use, but that should not be an issue. My first suggestion would be to try the torch. It can discolor the hosel, but our simichrome polish (cide SIMI) can remove the discoloration. However, you should not have to heat the hosel so hot that it scorches the hosel.