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Old 07-08-2018, 03:46 PM   #1
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Vetus Alexander Windlass

Dear all.

Our Dutch Gruno 1050 from 1986 has a Vetus Alexander installed. I haven´t used it very often but now it will not free fall when I release the brake. It rotates slowly a couple of inches and then just stops. I am beginning to suspect a lot of old grease might keep it from free falling. Pulling in is no problem.

Would love to hear from any of you with experience of this windlass.

Greetings from west coast of Sweden.

Thanks, Björn
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:06 PM   #2
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Hi,
pull the cones, clean and regrease.
10 minutes.
Then you'll know.
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have had mine apart numerous times.

just back the brake wheel till it comes off, pull the outer cone, wildcat and inner cone off, clean and lube lightly if you want,

I havent lubed, but may try it next time I have it apart.
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Hi psneeld.

I unscrewed the bolt holding B and managed to remove B, H and D. Lots of old sticky grease in there. But how do I remove C and G, no bolt on that side. Obviously G is the one I really want to get to.

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To remove C an G, lock the pawl and just unscrew C by turning counterclockwise.
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Unscrewing was really tough but now everything is greased up and running really well. Thanks!
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There is a spring loaded dog on the inside, accessible from other side that should be checked also. It is a little more work. The shaft on mine needed cleaning up for the dog gear to work as designed
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Yes as this pic shows I needed to take the other side appart to be able to lock the rotating chaft. What is the purpose of this dog wheel?
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Safety feature to prevent tearing up windlass under extreme loads. Probably time to wipe out old grease and put in new.
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