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Forum topic by AllenD posted 05-22-2017 02:19 PM 1695 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AllenD

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05-22-2017 02:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question refurbishing brace

I picked up a 10 inch Stanley SW 965n awhile back, the ratchet was nonfunctioning with a 10d nail pinning a missing part. I’m attaching a few photos. Does anybody know the name of the part that was supposed to be where the nail was? I’m hoping I can source a replacement/substitute part restore the ratcheting functionality.

In the first picture, there is a bolt in place of the part. In the other, the bolt is removed.


-- - Allen (Marietta, GA) In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.


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#1 posted 05-22-2017 04:27 PM

Just be a pin (possibly tapered) in there to hold the gear on the shaft. Do the pawls on the ratchet move ok otherwise? May take some cleaning to free them up. If those are good and have their springs you should just be able to replace the pin and be in working order.

You could try to find a pin of the right diameter or make one from drill rod or mild steel

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#2 posted 05-22-2017 05:25 PM

Use a split pin of the correct size. Press fit, and trim the ends.
Bill

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#3 posted 05-23-2017 01:31 AM

Yes, the pawls are nice and free. Thank you for pointing me towards the split pin I’ll give that a try, my guess was a round female threaded standoff or some sort of rivet.

Glad I asked, I’ve looked at way too many pictures of ratcheting braces hoping for an angle that hinted at what its supposed to look like.

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#4 posted 05-23-2017 06:39 PM

I’m having trouble seeing how a split pin would work since the both ends of the pin need to sit basically flush with the valley of the gear. Am I missing something? Probably.

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#5 posted 05-24-2017 12:35 AM

I asked because I don’t know what should be there :) I’m going to try the split pin through and update this post with the result. I had tried a smaller nail and the ratchet kinda worked (nail wouldn’t stay put). Bill’s suggestion seems worth trying.

If that doesn’t work / Failing a better suggestion I’m either going to try ordering a round female threaded standoff with 2 caps from McMaster-Carr. Or pinning/riveting with a bit of rod like you would pin a knife handle.

Still wondering what it would look like coming out of the box new, hard to find photo’s with the gear lined up just right.

-- - Allen (Marietta, GA) In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#6 posted 05-24-2017 12:59 AM

I just checked two of my braces. Solid pins. On the coarser toothed version, the pin goes all the way through. On the fine toothed one, it does not. One side looks round, the one side that comes through is a rectangle. Will try to get some sort of picture…

Maybe cut a piece of “drill rod” that is such a tight fit to where you have to drive the rod home. Then maybe a dremel cutter to level it out.

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#7 posted 05-26-2017 10:24 PM

Thanks bandit571,

Probably a kludge, but I took a bolt with a slightly oversized diameter, drove it most of the way through the hole and then popped the bolt head off with a hack saw. Finished driving it home with a nail set. (I used a very soft chinesium bolt to mitigate the damage of a “just hit it with a hammer solution”

Bolt is now roughly 1/16th set in from either side of the gear and the ratchet is working great. We’ll see how it holds up.

-- - Allen (Marietta, GA) In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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