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Old 30-07-2016, 10:12   #1
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Barlow winch "dismantling handle"

Set about to finally take apart and service our Barlow winches, for which I need an allen wrench and something called a dismantling handle.

Have found a few vague references to a dismantling handle online, but no images.

Anyone know what these look like so I can begin my search through the parts boxes left by former owners?


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Re: Barlow winch "dismantling handle"

If they're the Barlows with 2 holes in the top retainer ring you only need 2 appropriately sized pins (I use allen wrenches) and a long screwdriver to twist it off. If its really tight the winch handle turned against a pin works well.
I've just serviced my 23ST and 27ST and they're pretty simple. I only needed to replace the long retaining screws as they were crooked.

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Re: Barlow winch "dismantling handle"

And if you don't have a pin, just put a scrap screw in one hole and turn the winch against it. That's what I do.

Some of the tools sold for opening filler caps (the ones with lots of options for "blades" and double "pins") may have pins at the correct spacing. If you have one on the boat, give it a try. It could bend though, depending on the material and the amount of resistance the threads of the winch cap give you. It sounds difficult, but it's super simple to open one up.
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Re: Barlow winch "dismantling handle"

I had an old crappy winch handle in my stash, that I drilled a hole thru the center. The handle goes in, the Allen wrench thru the hole, and this is only used for a half second to break the bolt free. After that you can back it out with the Allen wrench alone. Reverse process when reinstalling.
I recommend you do the same, by finding an old handle on eBay or swap meet.
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