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Old 07-20-2021, 02:27 PM   #1
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Need Vetus Windlass Parts

Looking for cone clutch for a Vetus Alexander Horizontal Windlass Circa 1985. Would buy whole windlass for parts if necessary.
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Old 07-20-2021, 03:07 PM   #2
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What happened to the clutch? I had to trash my Vetus 2 years ago because the motor went and the repair shop was out of ideas.


I was saddened because the innards were all in great shape.



I had bought a new wildcat from a Vetus dealer out of the Ft Lauderdale area...did you try them?
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Bad Foot Switch! Paid out chain on it's own until jammed up, stripped the gears on both sides of the clutch!
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Old 07-24-2021, 01:41 PM   #4
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Lofrans , a major windlass mfgr., made those windlai for Vetus.
Try contacting a Lofrans dealer. They may even have some trade ins from when someone has upgraded to the next larger unit.

I had an even older one, '78, that was branded Vetus but it too was built by Lofrans.



Tried Ebay?
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I bought a replacement clutch for a Vetus Alexander several years ago from Vetus. At the time they said there were 3 left in the world. Mine came from Holland. You might get lucky and find a small foundry that will cast a new one for you. Good luck, new windlasses are pricey, and probably won’t fit the footprint, meaning a lot of work to install.
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2 years ago I replaced my Vetus with a Lofrens Tigres. Got a great deal on eBay for $1700 including shipping from Spain...nearly the same footprint. Had to modify chain hole a bit and a couple bolts holes.


While I was happy with the Vetus, the Tigres has 2X the performance...but admittedly the Vetus was tired.
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If the contact relies on clutch material, ask your local motorcycle dealer where he gets clutches and brake shoes relined.

If the contact is metal to metal welding or braising might restore thickness.
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