Category Archives: Click

Pawl Modification

This is the pawl shape that I have used for some time now. I like it because the active part of the spring is just a straight wire (easy fabrication). This wire bears on the pawl at the top edge … Continue reading

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A Riveting Experience

The click mechanism for my reels mounts to the reel backplate by three posts; two are spring pins and the third is a pivot for the pawl. For some time now, I have fastened these by custom made screws. For … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Burr Removal

When metal is cut, a sharp edge is often left. Part of making a useable product is removing any sharp edges or (even worse) burrs. Even very small details of parts may have detrimental burrs. —— When I developed my … Continue reading

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Downsized Click

My new “Fixed Spindle Reel” is 2.78 inch diameter, but I also intend to make a smaller version of 2.28 inch diameter. The two versions can use mostly the same parts, except that end plates and spool ends must be … Continue reading

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Ratchet Teeth

When I made my first reel design, I had to find a way to make a serviceable ratchet. First there was the problem of what material to use; this blog has several post on material testing. But there was also … Continue reading

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Pawl Testing at Higher Speed

This is the seventh posting in this blog on durability testing of ratchet and pawl materials. Previous posting are: 1. Picture of tester based on a “gearmotor”, 25 rpm (30 May 2010) 2. First results from tester (22 Aug 2010) … Continue reading

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Two More Plastics for Pawls

Someone brought Ertalyte and Ertalyte TX to my attention as possible materials for pawls. The data sheet properties looked promising, so I bought a small quantity of each and made pawls. I tested these on the low speed tester, as … Continue reading

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Pawl Wear Test, Higher Speed

My original pawl wear test (post of Nov. 16, 2010 ) used a gearmotor that ran at 20 rpm.  The wear pattern on a pawl showed an impression on the flank of the pawl where each ratchet tooth initially made contact, … Continue reading

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Alternative Pawl Design

Some months ago, the pawl arrangement used by Brent came to my attention . Brent (eotr) is a prolific creator of new reel designs and a regular contributor to Rod and Reel Maker’s Forum.  He is also a very helpful guy. His configuration uses … Continue reading

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Pawl Wear Test, Redone

Refer to earlier posts titled “Results of Pawl Wear Test” (Aug 2010) and “The gearmotor that wasn’t a gearmotor” (Sept 2010). After discovering a possible misoperation of my first pawl test fixture, I built a new tester using a real … Continue reading

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