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Old 17-09-2023, 14:16   #1
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Identify this Maxwell Windlass

I know it's a Maxwell winch but not sure which model.

I stripped the teeth of the worm gear. Am hoping to find a new gear rather than fork out for a new windlass or have the exisiting worm gear rebuilt.. if that' possible here in Sydney Australia.

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Re: Identify this Maxwell Windlass

Looks like my vwc1200, but better to contact Maxwell and send them the pics. I recently had my gears worn out and they were pretty responsive

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Old 17-09-2023, 18:54   #3
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Re: Identify this Maxwell Windlass

Cruzin - I can not answer your question; however, Maxwell are very responsive and patient by phone. Good Luck.
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Old 17-09-2023, 21:03   #4
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Boat was built in 92 so not sure I can find the part.
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Boat was built in 92 so not sure I can find the part.
My windlass is from 98 and Maxwell still makes gearboxes for it
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Old 18-09-2023, 13:48   #6
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Seems I need to purchase a complete gearbox.. can't buy just the worm gear that is worn. $1200 for a "VWC1200 " gearbox.
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Seems I need to purchase a complete gearbox.. can't buy just the worm gear that is worn. $1200 for a "VWC1200 " gearbox.
I look at that as NOT being "friendly" to the end user.
If they were a vehicle manufacturer, would they make you buy new wheels when the tires became worn?
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Re: Identify this Maxwell Windlass

More importantly, what caused the damage? Is the gypsy shaft bearing seized or maybe something is loading up the windlass beyond just the weight of the chain and anchor. Iím pretty sure the windlass off my old Morgan is the same, it just avoided a one way trip to the scrap metal dealers and is still resting in the ď used windlassĒ crate in my workshop along with a bunch of others that I just couldnít throw out for $8 a kilo.
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Old 18-09-2023, 18:31   #9
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Re: Identify this Maxwell Windlass

Interesting! I was able to buy a replacement worn and sector gear for my VWC1200 about a decade ago. Went through an approved repair shop in the Brisbane Qld area. He ordered the parts and they sent them to the shop. Not cheap, but way less than 1200$.

However, I've noted that since Vetus took over the company the customer service has steadily degraded, and some parts are not readily available.

Too bad, for they are pretty good windlasses.

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Am trying to remove the worm gear.
Anyone have any knowledge how to remvoe the gear .. might need press
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Re: Identify this Maxwell Windlass

here's a link to an earlier thread on these windlasses. Might find some useful info there:

https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...ues-97059.html

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Yes I read over that thread.. looks like they all agree the worm gear is no longer available. Have to purchase the entire gear box. I hope a local machinist might be able to manufacture or repair this gear.
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probably a Nilsson/Maxwell. Contact Nilsson https://www.jamesnilsson.com/
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A Maxwell VWC 1200 Windlass.
Here's the User Manual if anyone ever requires it.

https://www.manualslib.com/manual/23...page=38#manual

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Maxwell located in Capalaba Queensland Australia stated they no longer sell individual gears. I'd have to purchase the entire gearbox ( $1.2 K )
There's a machinist here in Sydney who can repair the worm shaft but it will also cost considerable $. ( prob. around $400-$600 ) & they can't repair the shaft for another few months as they're flat out.

Think I might just have to bite the bullet and purchase a new one.
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