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Old 03-03-2008, 07:28   #1
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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. Ugh!

Since I had also taken apart several Lewmars, I have seen several of these springs close up. They look suspiciously similar.

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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?

Thoughts?
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:34   #2
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I'd try the Lewmar pawl spring. If it fits, what have you got to lose?
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You could certainly try to make your own springs.

See the Barlow & Barient Specifications, Parts Lists and Service Information:
http://maximalt.dk/Manualer/Andet/ba...nt%20winch.pdf

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Making my own pawl springs” ~ by s/v Stella Blue
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You could certainly try to make your own springs.

See the Barlow & Barient Specifications, Parts Lists and Service Information:
http://maximalt.dk/Manualer/Andet/ba...nt%20winch.pdf

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Making my own pawl springs” ~ by s/v Stella Blue
Pawl Springs
wow, that second link is exactly what I was looking for. I just ordered some new lewmar springs. I figure eventually I'll need the spares. If they won't work in a barlow, I'll try "rolling my own"
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