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Old 24 February 2008, 13:11   #31
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jwalker, what make is your worm winch ? It seems interesting
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Old 24 February 2008, 13:16   #32
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jwalker, what make is your worm winch ? It seems interesting
Remember that with a worm gear winch you cannot freewheel you must wing it out and in. This can be time consuming. However they cannot break and spin on you so there is a trade off. BTW I am know an official member of the "black hand gang" both sides
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jwalker, what make is your worm winch ? It seems interesting
Home made I'm afraid, and it can be freewheeled out and in.

When I was considering winches a good while back I came across them, so they are available.
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Home made I'm afraid, and it can be freewheeled out and in.

When I was considering winches a good while back I came across them, so they are available.
Very interesting. Does your design involve disengaging the spur gear from the worm gear to allow free wheel. I guess on way to make one would be to find a burnt out electric winch and modify it. All the worm gear ones I have found are electric with slow ratios.
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Very interesting. Does your design involve disengaging the spur gear from the worm gear to allow free wheel.
Almost. It disengages the worm from the gear.
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Thanks JW , I got the "picture"
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Remember that with a worm gear winch you cannot freewheel you must wing it out and in.
Oh yes you can, it all depends on the pitch of the worm, do'nt just look at it and thik it's a worm I'm safe, you're not
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Found the reason

Having replaced the winch with a very nice 2 speed I examined the one that failed. At some time someone had caught the trailer wiring cable in the winch gears. The smaller gear had copper wire packed into the bottom of the teeth, thus preventing the ratchet pawl seating properly. Who would have thought???
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