How Much Does It Cost To Restring a Compound Bow

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Hi there, Bowhunters and archers. Today I’m going to tell you about how much does it cost to restring a compound bow. There are many reasons that people might want to replace the strings on their bows: they could be old or worn out, too short or too long, not holding the right tension, etc.

And all of those things can affect your accuracy and comfort when shooting your bow. So if you’re having any issues with those things, now’s the time to get them fixed!

Costs to Restring a Compound Bow

The costs are for the material and the actual labor. The material is going to be the most expensive part of this process.

Cost of Strings

Let’s start with the costs for the actual string. The costs can vary depending on the type you’re looking to buy. You’re looking at spending anywhere from $60-200 for a set (those tend to have custom colors available), depending on how many strings you need and what type they are (synthetic or natural).

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Synthetic ones will be cheaper than natural ones, and they also have a longer lifespan, so that’s something else worth considering when buying new bows or restringing your current one!

The cost will depend entirely on what kind and quality you are choosing. Most package bows and mid-price point bows tend to come with what I would consider being useful but not reliable strings. 

You should buy the best material you’re able, but if your budget is tight and it’s just for recreational use, then go for some cheaper options out on that market as well (although they won’t last nearly so long).

These days, most bow companies equip their flagship bows with top-of-the-line strings, although this might not always be the case.

Most package bows and mid-price point bows tend to come with what could be considered being ok strings. These strings’ drawbacks are constantly changing cam orientations, peep problems, and an overall bow performance loss.

Try to find a good compromise between cost and quality, and you’ll be okay.

If the string is done right, it should last for a few years before needing to be replaced again with an upgraded one or just being changed out altogether if possible and desired.

Cost Of Labor

The labor cost will vary depending on what type of bow is being restrung – some bows may require more time or specialized equipment than others. Other price factors, such as the service to tune your bow, string loop, will influence the actual costs.

Someone (if not you) has to get the string onto the bow. For some bows, this can be done by hand with the help of some tools. If you haven’t done it before, let someone experienced show you how to. If not done properly, it can be a disaster.

If you are doing it yourself, make sure to use the right tools and follow all safety precautions for your own protection!

A lot of bows require you to use a bow press to get the string on. This is a machine that presses down onto your bow, releases the tension, and helps you put in strings, cables, or other accessories to it without having any physical contact with them at all (which could be dangerous, especially if you haven’t done that before).

You can calculate something like $50 to $100 per hour for the labor.

If you’re not sure how much it will cost, call your local archery shop and ask them what they charge or visit their website if possible. Usually, the folks at the shops are more than happy to help you out.

But in general, the labor costs should be in a price range of $20-$30 – And in my opinion, that’s a reasonable price.

Why Do You Need To Restring A Compound Bow?

You need to restring your bow because an old worn-out bowstring can affect your accuracy and comfort when shooting your bow.

When you are a bowhunter or shooting your bow regularly, you want your bow and strings in pristine condition. And restringing your bow is a good idea to keep it in top shape.

If you don´t know how to do it by yourself, visit a professional archery shop. They have a wide variety of compound bow strings to choose from – and the experience to find the right string for you.

When Should You Restring your Compound Bow?

The time has come to restring your bow when the string is too old or if it’s broken, or too worn out. You might notice a decline in accuracy and comfort when shooting your bow.

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Generally, properly maintained cable and bowstrings should last up to three years. But the more energy your bow produces, the more wear and tear your strings take. So the time frame could be shorter…

Tips on Maintaining Your Bow

  • Replace bowstrings at least every three years
  • Look for string wear and other signs of string damage
  • Be sure to take care of all other parts that are in contact with strings regularly: cables and pulleys (if you have them)
  • Check for nicks and cracks regularly
  • Check Limbs 
  • Invest in a cleaning kit to keep cams and cables free from dirt and grime.
  • Use a string wax
  • Visit a shop for inspection every two years


How much does it cost to restring your compound bow? Costs for material: anywhere between $60-$200. Additionally, labor costs: Probably something around $20-$30.

You could restring your compound yourself, but it’s a lot easier with someone else helping out! Especially if you have never done it before yourself.

Alexander Knobloch

Hi, I'm Alex, the owner of BowAddicted. I've been shooting recurve bow since 2019 and recently got into string walking. I'm passionate about archery, the outdoors, and my kids. This journey has had its share of ups and downs, but the moments spent outside with friends and family are truly worth it. Feel free to get in touch!

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