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How do I get this swivel off?

I bought a used genuine Bruce anchor and it came with this SS swivel attached. Looks in perfect shape, but I have a chain/rope rode and do not believe I need it and so tried to get it off...but without success.

The big screw in the photo below will not budge. I've tried multiple days of hitting it with PB Blaster. Heating with a propane torch. No luck.



(The other smaller screw to the left in the photo, the one that would attache to the chain, unscrews easily.)

Advice on getting it off?

Or should I just leave it on and use it. If so, I assume I use blue loctite on the small screw. (There is no other way to secure it mechanically.)

Thanks for any advice,
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Re: How do I get this swivel off?

If you intend to reuse and/or save the swivel, try an impact screwdriver. If you don't want to save it, an air driven (or maybe a Dremel) carbide cutting tool would do the job.
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Re: How do I get this swivel off?

Sounds like you may have to cut it off with a grinder...

Whatever you do, GET RID OF IT... This is a textbook example of why I believe these types of swivels have no place in a proper ground tackle system. And attaching them directly to an anchor stock like that, is an invitation to failure...

The popularity of this sort of setup never ceases to amaze me, there is simply no need for these damn things... And, if one still feels compelled to use a swivel, it should definitely use screw pins that can be moused, and separated from the anchor by a short length of chain...

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Re: How do I get this swivel off?

Cut it off with an abrasive wheel and though it away. they are a bad idea
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Re: How do I get this swivel off?

Thanks guys. Dremels are pretty amazing. A bit of time, 3 carbide cut off wheels later, and the swivel is off. Now just a naked anchor to which I can properly attach a moused shackle.
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Re: How do I get this swivel off?

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Sounds like you may have to cut it off with a grinder...

Whatever you do, GET RID OF IT... ......

The popularity of this sort of setup never ceases to amaze me, there is simply no need for these damn things... .
Jon I hear you, don't have one either, but the shackle on our anchor chain is just big enough around to jam between the cheeks of our anchor roller, so that I have to lift the chain off the roller and get the shank on rather than simply pull it through..

The swivels appealed due to their compact shape but it seemed just another addition point of failure so I've never done it. Any suggestions that would be as secure but with a bit less bulk?
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