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hi does anyone know what you call the wrench/tool that fits in the top of the winch to back off the top plate? it's that two-armed tool with the pins.. can't seem to find it anywhere and want to know where to pick one up- thanks, brad
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Question Um, these, Retaining ring pliers

SRPC3890, Pliers, Retaining Ring, Fixed Tip, Convertible, 90°/.038" tips, 6 7/16"




or PR36, Set, Pliers, Retaining Ring, 2 pliers



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BTW, the above pliers are for c-clips and split rings... not for what you're doing IIRC, and don't have the strength for what you're doing. What I believe you're looking for is this:



The one pictured is a Park Tools SPA-1 Pin Spanner Wrench, and can be gotten at any good bicycle shop.

A heavier duty one is the Park Tools SPA-6 and it looks like this:



You can buy the stainless steel version of the above tools at the marine chandlery, but they'll cost you about five times as much as either of the above.

A really nice Pin Spanner Wrench, if you need one is the Facom Pin Wrench, about $65, versus $9 for the Park SPA-1, or $13 for the Park SPA-6



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You can also make one in a pinch by drilling two correctly spaced holes through a spare winch handle (or other available bar) and placing a couple machine screws through them locked down with nuts.

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What, you don't want to help them spend more boat bucks...
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You can also make one in a pinch by drilling two correctly spaced holes through a spare winch handle (or other available bar) and placing a couple machine screws through them locked down with nuts.

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Always happy to help another sailer spend his boat bucks!

Some of them are referred to as a Deck Plate Wrench. ABI makes one that looks like this -

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hey all/ thanks so much-- those are exactly what I was talking about- and specifically the ABI one is what I had used and had in mind-- I have a bike store here and sounds like the park is the most economical (save for the converted winch handle- good idea!). thanks much
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Hey what can I say ... sometimes the boat bucks bucket isn't deep enough ... at least mine seems to work that way

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Circlip pliers, in the UK.
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At least in the US, most circlip pliers are not strong enough to deal with what we're talking about here, especially if some gorilla torqued it down tight.
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