Spring winder ??

bud4u2

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I just made a "Joe Collins mainspring winder" & tried it out
for the 1st time today.
I don't have any sleeves yet, but I did put the barrel in the
clamp & wound it up. My question is::confused:
The winder wound the spring up but I noticed that the spring
was tight to one side of the barrel, How would you get the sleeve
into the barrel ? is it ok to pry the spring a little in order to get
the sleeve in. ?? or am I doing something wrong ??.
Please bear with me as I am a N.B. to these mainsprings & winders.
Any info would be appreciated. Thanks

Bud

I am ordering the sleeves from Timesavers
 

ChuckR

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Bud4u2,
The sleeves will have a U shape cut out on one side, that will go on where the spring press's up against the barrel. When fully inserted you will give the sleeve a twist and the spring should unhook from the barrel.

Chuck
 

Scottie-TX

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Yes it is OK to twist the sleeve against the resistance of the dislocated spring. Just make sure that you leave sufficient spring extending beyond the sleeve to provide for purchase of the hook after removal. I usually shoot for about 3/4" or more. This makes removal easier also as you can rotate the spring past the barrel hook easier.
 

tom427cid

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Ya fer sur,do let the spring down inside the sleeve!!!! Not doing so would probably get pretty exciting for a moment or two. As Scottie said make sure that you leave about 3/4" stick out to engage the hook so's you can get the sleeve off.
One other thing-very important-keep a pair of leather gloves handy with your spring winder.ALWAYS wear them. The leather is a little more durable than your skin,and if you cut it you do not need to bandage the gloves.OK,OK duct tape is an acceptable patch.
Hope this helps
tom
 

bud4u2

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Chuck, Scottie & Tom,

Thanks for the info, I will remember to leave 3/4" of spring
out of the barrel for the hook.
I tried the winder again this morning & gave it a couple more
turns on the crank, the spring centered in the barrel & it looks
like the sleeve will insert into the barrel ok.:)
Again, thanks for the info.

Bud
 

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