Stiff strike wind

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  1. POWERSTROKE

    POWERSTROKE Registered User

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    I have a cuckoo that has a stiffer than what we would call normal strike side wind. It runs beautifully about +5 seconds a day with no problem. It’s been like this for years but figured I’d ask. What would cause the chain on that side to be a stiffer or harder feel when winding it? It’s been like this new from the factory but works fine otherwise.
     
  2. R. Croswell

    R. Croswell Registered User

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    Sounds like the chain wheel assembly was assembled on the tight side. Been that way since new - find something more important to worry about.

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  3. Willie X

    Willie X Registered User

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    Bent ratchet fingers, from the weight being pulled down. Usually this is child related, or the clock has been dropped. I often can repair these fingers but the wheel has to be removed. So, usually if you have to go as far as removing the wheel, it's better to replace it with a new one. Willie X
     
  4. POWERSTROKE

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    It’s never been dropped or touched by a child or pulled from the weight side.
     
  5. Willie X

    Willie X Registered User

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    So it's prerty new?

    Improper winding habits can also bend the fingers. Like not releasing the weight gently at the end of the winding stroke, or making many choppy little strokes when winding. Every time the weight stops, one of these little springs / pawls get hammered to some degree.

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  6. POWERSTROKE

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    #6 POWERSTROKE, Dec 26, 2019
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    I appreciate your thoughts. I’ve had cuckoos for 30 years. Thanks wind one with 1 or two maximum pulls. It goes up but it’s a tighter pull. Best left alone for now I guess. It’s never been mistreated.
     

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