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Old 29 December 2012, 11:16   #1
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Trailer ratchet

The Sea Scouts have been gifted a trailer in excellent condition however we think we have identified a potential problem with the hand winch.

When you flip the ratchet thing forwards (the bit that 'clicks' into the teeth) it will dig in and 'click' whilst reeling in the cable. The problem we are having is that if you tug back on the cable (i.e. away from the winch) this bit will allow the cog to turn away thus unreeling the cable again. Obviously this is not good.

Photo of the suspect bit is below, we reckon it is because it is worn and is simply slipping when the cog is pulled against it by the cable.

3 questions:
Do you think this is what is causing the issue?
What is the circled bit called?
Is it possible to buy these bits to mount on the existing winch or should I be buying a
whole new winch?

Thanks for your help.

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Old 29 December 2012, 12:42   #2
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new winches dont cost much, but you can fix the one you have.

looks worn to me. my last winch was about 25.
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What is the worn bit called? You can see where it is worn in the photo just below that strange hook thing.

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What is the worn bit called? You can see where it is worn in the photo just below that strange hook thing.

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"pawl"
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The part of the winch shown in the photo is collectively called the "ratchet". The "rachet thing" as you called it is properly called the "pawl" and this engages or not with the gear teeth shown.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratchet_(device)

The winch is potentially the most dangerous parts of a trailer and the whole item should be replaced if there is any question relating to its effectiveness - more important in this case if it is to be used by scouts.
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Old 29 December 2012, 13:50   #7
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don't mess with repairing it.go get a new one!!
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This looks decent.

1400 LBS HAND GEAR 7.7METRE STRAP WEBBING WINCH FOR TRAILERS, BOATS, JET SKI | eBay
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Bought this one 2 years ago,works fine,amazing value
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Get a new winch and replace it with a strap instead of the wire cable.

Wire cable snaps and flings round potentially cutting sea scouts up! At least straps snap but they don't fling round quite as much or cause as much damage.

Watching a tug deckhand run for his life when a wire cable snapped with 10+ tonnes load on it is a sight not to be forgotten!

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