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Old 16-01-2022, 16:11   #1
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I just purchased a 38 # Spade s100

I just bought this used anchor weighing only 38 lbs. It is supposed to be 44 lbs and the guy I spoke with at Spade tells me that the variation is usually very small. My only guess is that some lead is missing in the tip. I can see it is there, but of course no way to tell if the amount is right. The shank of my anchor weighs 13 lbs and the fluke weighs 25 lbs. Any S100 owners out there who could give me the weight of each part?
I'm considering melting six pounds of lead in the tip.
By the way it is not an S80 : the model is stamped on the side of the tip cavity. Here is some pictures.
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Old 16-01-2022, 17:05   #2
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Old 16-01-2022, 23:18   #3
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Re: I just purchased a 38 # Spade s100

I had a similar experience with a second hand S80. It was 5 pounds under weight and the amount of lead was visibly less than two other Spade anchors that had the correct amount of lead. I was successful at adding additional lead to the correct level/weight.

I also have an S100 (from the factory) that weighs 44lbs.

Additionally, an S60 that I possess weighs 21 lbs.

It appears that Spade anchors do indeed weigh very close to their claimed weights when the correct amount of lead is installed.

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Old 17-01-2022, 05:06   #4
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Re: I just purchased a 38 # Spade s100

Thank you Steve, your experience with the S80 reassures me with the idea of putting more lead in the tip cavity. I' m a little worried that I can unbalance the anchor this way, but I figure that weight in the tip can't be bad... The lead that's there now almost reaches the forward part of the shank slot.

I still don't understand why some lead would be missing though. As you can see in the pictures, the anchor has never been regalvanised... The yellow paint is still there!

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Old 17-01-2022, 07:10   #5
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Re: I just purchased a 38 # Spade s100

I had the same situation:

-Galvanizing did not reach the shank slot (the other anchors, with correct lead, did reach shank slot).

-Anchor appeared to have NOT been regalvanized (yellow paint still present).

Perhaps the factory put out a bad batch of anchors.

Weird.

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Re: I just purchased a 38 # Spade s100

One more question if you don't mind: before I pour some lead in the tip, I just want to make sure I'll do it correctly. Here is a picture of the fluke. The yellow line marks the actual level of lead. I just want to know if the angle of the lead volume is correct. In other words, can I pour the new lead so that the surface of the new layer is exactly parrallel to the old surface?
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Re: I just purchased a 38 # Spade s100

It appears that your current "lead level" is not only insufficiently high, but also at the incorrect "angle".

Here is my factory correct S60 (21 pounds) with the black line indicating the level of the lead


Here is my factory correct S100 (45 pounds) with the black line indicating he level of the lead.


The surface of the lead appears to be perpendicular to the TOP SURFACE of the fluke. In other words, if you position the fluke the the top surface oriented "plumb" when you pour the lead, that should give you the correct angle.

I hope that helps.

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Re: I just purchased a 38 # Spade s100

Red line is where the lead is on MY anchor.

Caution: I would use an accurate scale to determine the final amount of lead, rather than my "lines" because the lines are probably not as accurate.

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Re: I just purchased a 38 # Spade s100

Thank you Steve. It helps me a ton! Yes I will use a scale for the exact weight I have to put in. But now at least I know the correct angle of the lead filling.

My only hypothesis for this anchor is maybe a botched and aborted attempt by previous owner to melt the lead for regalvanising. After an unsuccessful attempt, he decided to sell it and buy a new one without telling the truth of the matter...
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Re: I just purchased a 38 # Spade s100

Update: I have successfully added 6 pounds of lead to the anchor. I have adjusted the angle so that le surface of the lead is perpendicular to the fluke as suggested by Steve above. The new lead is well wedged between the old lead and the surface of the shank slot so even if it did not stick so well to the old surface it would not move. I have tried hitting the anchor pretty hard and it stayed put.

I hope I now have a normally performing Spade.... For less than half the price!
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Just need to paint it Yellow now
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Re: I just purchased a 38 # Spade s100

Update number 2 : I think I found the answer to this mystery today.

I had the chance to look at a Spade A100 today, the aluminum version. The amount and the angle of lead was EXACTLY as it was on my S100.

I think there was a mistake at the factory. They treated a bunch of S100 as A100 when pouring the lead in.

Case closed.
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