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Hard to wind 440a
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Author:  stebrock [ Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Hard to wind 440a

Hello. I have a 440a which is stiff to wind. Looking for advice on a remedy. Thanks.

Author:  Ted Lanham [ Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hard to wind 440a

Greetings stebrock,
Welcome to the Mitchell Reel Museum.
When I get one of these old reels that is hard to wind. I get my screwdrivers out, tear it apart, and do a good cleaning. Usually, that will do the job. The grease in those reels can turn to stiff wax when left for years.

Ted Lanham

Author:  stebrock [ Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hard to wind 440a

Thanks for the advice. After stripping it I felt it was in good order. I would say that it had been serviced before. I found some line wrapped behind the plate under the spool, and removed this.
Cleaned oiled and greased. Reassembled but to no avail. Fortunately after a short time I realised that if the handle was tightened as needed it was hard to wind, but left not tight the reel worked great. so it seems I need to find a small washer to space off the handle.

Author:  Mike 408 [ Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hard to wind 440a

I'm glad the rest of the reel checked out ok. The handle spacers
are easy to find and inexpensive on ebay. It's easier than sorting through parts bins trying to match the size.

Author:  GreatLaker [ Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hard to wind 440a

Another common remedy is to place a shim on the drive axle behind the drive gear inside the reel. Check and see if the drive gear has been rubbing on the cover, if so, there will be a circular mark worn on the cover under the drive gear.
Hope this helps. ;)
Kind Regards,
Bill :tup

Author:  stebrock [ Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hard to wind 440a

Thanks chaps. After further investigation I have discovered that the threaded part of the handle has a washer/clip which is designed to lock in position on the threaded shaft. However it does not stay in position therefore allowing the handle/cover to foul against the body of the reel when fully tightened. As a stop gap I have simply removed the cover and the lock washer. When fitting and tightening the handle it now works fine, I would however like it to be as designed. I will look into a replacement lock washer, but I do feel it is a poor design and likely to reoccur.

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