How many of you forgot to service your Barton winches this winter? Or maybe thought the prospect too daunting? The beauty of the Barton range of winches is that they are really easy to disassemble and clean, essential for a longer working life.
To service your winch in situ, remove the top circlip with the help of a small screwdriver and lift off the drum complete with plastic top disc. Inside the drum you will find a set of stainless steel pawls and spings which you need to remove and clean. Scrub any deposits on the pawls with cif cream or similar and wipe the springs with a clean cloth. Flush out the drum and base with warm fresh water, gently agitate to remove any stubborn salt deposits, let it dry and give a light spray of WD40 to the gears. Replace the cleaned pawls and springs, replacement of the drum is the reverse of removal taking care to push the pawls against the springs when locating onto the centre spigot.
If you have broken parts or lose a component, don't worry, we hold all spares at Barton. Next month, we will be introducing the definitive Barton winch servicing guide in the technical info section of our website so watch this space.