Servicing Your Winch
In response to the huge number of inquiries regarding SERVICE INFORMATION'S for Barient and Barlow winches, we are publishing the following to assist owners of those winches to keep their
investments in working order.
It is assumed here that the person undertaking the winch service will be able to dismantle and assemble the winch.
SPECIAL DISMANTLING TOOLS:
Most BARLOW winches and some BARIENT winches manufactured from 1983 onward are held together by a RETAINING NUT. This is a 2-1/2" [63.5mm] outside diameter metal disk surrounding the top end of
the main shaft of the winches. Typically, this Retaining Nut is engraved with Barlow or Barient and the model number of the winch. There are also 2 x 3/16" [5mm] diameter holes, 180 degrees opposed,
in the top surface of the Retaining Nut. The winches were originally shipped with a dismantling tool, which was nothing more then a bend piece of wire that was hooked into the 2 holes to unscrew the
If this tool is lost - try the following method:
- Insert a 3/16" screw or a small screwdriver or similar, into one of the two holes.
- Insert your winch handle into the Main shaft of the winch and turn the handle against the screw, in a CCW
direction, to unscrew the Retaining Nut.
- Turn the winch handle in a CW direction to tighten the Retaining Nut.
Most smaller BARLOW Standard winches and some BARIENT Standard winches require a screw to be removed from inside the main shaft in order to dismantle the winch. Those winches were originally
supplied with a small plastic part that looked like a handle with a 5/16" [8mm] diameter hole through the centre of the star, through which you was able to insert an Allen key to unscrew the fastener,
while at the same time stopping the main shaft from rotating.
If the original dismantling handle is lost, make your own by drilling a hole through one of your non lock-in winch handles.
You could also use a piece of 5/8" to 11/16" square material (plastic, wood, steel - anything) through which you can drill a hole in it, hold it with a shifting spanner, and unscrew
the bolt inside the main shaft of your winch.
The following Service Information is of a general nature and applies equally to all ARCO, BARIENT & BARLOW winches.
1) Dismantling the winch
Almost all models can be fully serviced without removing the winch from the deck. Be sure to pay special attention to the following:
- Lay-out the parts or remember the various parts in order of disassembly
- When removing the drum, the bearings may stay inside the drum and fall out when you least expect it and roll off the deck. Consequently there are any amount of bearings at the bottom of the
- Ratchet Pawl Springs are also easily lost. A part costing a few cents could render your winch unserviceable. It is advisable to keep a supply of Ratchet Pawl Springs in you tool box. If you do not
have any spare Springs, it would be good sense to order some before starting to service your winches.
- Wash all parts in a petroleum solvent (kerosene, paraffin etc) and let dry or wipe dry with a lint free cloth.
- Visually inspect all parts for damage or obvious wear, i.e. extremely worn, bend or broken gear teeth, ratchet pawls that appear to be very loose in - or fall out off - their sockets and check for
parts that have excessive clearance on bearings and shafts. As with most things mechanical, early attention to a potential problem may save money or prevent an injury down the line.
2) Lubricating the Winch
- Sparingly lubricate all mating parts and bearing surfaces with a waterproof grease, such as lubricants that are being used for machinery in the food industry. In an emergency, Petroleum Jelly is an
acceptable alternative. Avoid greases with added 'Teflon'.
- Lubricate the Ratchet Pawls and Springs with light machine oil. Avoid large amounts of grease in the Ratchet Pawl areas - the grease might become somewhat 'sticky' over a period of time and prevent
the pawls from operating freely.
3) Assembling the Winch
GOOD SAILING :-)
- Repeatedly 'flick' the Ratchet Pawls to ensure uninhibited operation
- Ensure that the Ratchet Pawls engage squarely in the mating ratchet teeth - some ratchet gears can be assembled the wrong way and that will result in the winch slipping back when under load.
- Assemble the rest of the components in the reverse order of disassembly.
- Check the operation of the winch, if possible before that important race.
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PO Box 401
Galston N.S.W. 2159 Australia
Phone: +61 2 9653 2111
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