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How long should a dartboard last ?
Hi guys,

I was wondering how long a dartboard should last in general.
My last few boards all have been Blade4's and I'll stick to those, because to me they're the best.
In general I'm using about 3 boards a year, so one in every 4 months or so.

How long does your board last ?
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It depends on a lot of factors mate
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Great question, one I'm asking myself right now. I have a Blade 4 and practice pretty much every day for about an hour. I am noticing the Bull starting to look and feel "soft" and some of the other areas as well. Particularly around some of the trebles and popular doubles. I try to rotate my board once a month and that has helped for sure. Not sure if I can make it a year or not. Will be monitoring this thread to hear from others. Thanks.
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(05-06-2015, 12:22 PM)AD18 Wrote: Great question, one I'm asking myself right now. I have a Blade 4 and practice pretty much every day for about an hour. I am noticing the Bull starting to look and feel "soft" and some of the other areas as well. Particularly around some of the trebles and popular doubles. I try to rotate my board once a month and that has helped for sure. Not sure if I can make it a year or not. Will be monitoring this thread to hear from others. Thanks.

Thanks for responding, mate
My situation is exactly as you described.
Practice for about 1 hour every day and like you said some trebles and doubles start to look and feel soft.
I tend to rotate my board once a week
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I rotate mine once a week, I think it extends the liftime of the trebles a bit. To be honest like you guys I usually change every 4-6 months when my board gets that well used grubby look. I don't mind shelling out 20-30 quid on a board regularly as the cost of nearly every other sport is huge compared to darts. (Uh Hum, unless you have a darts addiction lol....)
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Boards should last longer than 4-6 months unless you are using board wrecker points (ie gripper points). Having said this I tend to change every 6 months or so as I like playing on brand new boards lol - although my Blade 4 Dual Core has now been up for around 6 months and it still looks pretty good, so not sure when I will be changing it.
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I rotate one segment clockwise everyday, takes about a minute? I am sure it cuts down the wear by a lot. I have a record of 7 months for a blade 4 lol. I dunno if this helps,it just works for me Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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I think an average user who is using it may be 1 hour a day should last at least a year
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I rotate ever other week or so, but there is absolutely nothing you can do about the bull, and being from the US, it gets a lot of attention with cricket games. When I'm playing like I am now, they get changed out at a rate of 2 boards every year or so, depending on how much company comes by to throw darts that is.

As for brand of board I prefer, I'll go with Alien and have had great results with them. In the past I used the Winmau Blade series and I recently went back to try the Blade 4 and am not happy with that choice. I've mentioned it in posts before about how it seems every dart that's been thrown to the board shows in the sisal and I've had way more bounce outs with this board than any other I've ever owned. I'll go back to the Alien brand when this one is ready for replacement. One of the first things I noticed about the Alien board is how well it heals once the darts are pulled. The holes close up quickly and the white segments are much brighter than the Blade 4 with it's yellowish colored and marbled lighter segments.
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(05-06-2015, 02:10 PM)gumbo2176 Wrote: I rotate ever other week or so, but there is absolutely nothing you can do about the bull, and being from the US, it gets a lot of attention with cricket games.

I'm American and I've found I can make a board last quite a bit longer if I throw at T11 or T6 instead of the bull during practice sessions. Same thing, really, just slide over a few inches.
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I would play roughly 4 hours per week on my blade 4 board at home (wish I had time to play more lol) and with regularly turning the board I would get around 12 months out of a board
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I've had my Blade 4 up in the house for over a year. It's segments are no longer white it's veins are visible and I'll keep using it till the wires break near the bull, which seems to be getting closer all the time. I rotate it about once every couple weeks and with daily use of at least an hour a day I think it still has life.
Before this board I was using an old Nodor from the 70's for years and years and lots of bounce outs too.
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I've had blade 4s get hard spots around the treble after 2 or 3 months, but that was when I rotated once every couple weeks.

I rotate my current shot bandit every 3 days or so and it's been up for 3 months and shows no signs of slowing down. I've probably averaged 1 to 2 hours a day in that time Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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Wow, you guys rotate boards way more that I thought was neededGuests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images. Thought I was being generous at monthly. Guess I'll get at it more often. Thanks.
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Most people wouldn't need to rotate that often, but most of us aren't "most people" Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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