As I mentioned in a previous thread, I have been doing maintenance
on my suite of winches this winter. All went well until I tore into an old Barlow 23. It was then I discovered that one of the paw springs was broken.
No biggie, I thought. Googled "Barlow winch
parts" and discovered that Barlow and Barient
are long out of business and that an Australian firm still stocks parts
. So, I would be forced to pay $? for shipping
from Oz for a part that costs almost nothing. Then I looked up said company on some forums
and discovered that it is notorious for months-long backup on shipping
Since I had also taken apart several Lewmars, I have seen several of these springs close up. They look suspiciously similar.
Questions to cruisersforum denizens:
What do you suppose would happen if I put a Lewmar
paw spring in a Barlow?
Other option: the springs seem very simple. It would be a bit fiddly to make, but what if I found some more conventional springs made out of the same mil material as these paw springs and cut and bent my own?