Hi! Something we’ve noticed over the course of the VEX year is our constant loss of the VEX part pawls. For the 2016-2017 game, Starstruck, many teams have started to make winches to make their robot able to hang. However, the loss of pawls makes it impossible for them to make a winch. Our school (Percy Julian Middle School) has tried to 3D print some pawls, but the parts are too small and complex for the printer. Our problem is that we don’t think it’s efficient to buy the whole winch kit when the only part that we really need are the pawls. We contacted the VEX manufacturers to see if there was any possible way that we could by just the pawls and not the whole kit, but there isn’t. Does anyone have a better solution to this problem than buying the whole kit?
Nope. Buying the entire kit is typically the only route.
Vex has recently offered products like high strength gears and sprockets individually. I don;t know how many high strength gear kits we bought to get 60 tooth HS gears or a sprocket of just the right size.
I’d recommend you to just improvise with legal vex parts like other people have suggested. You could use some drive shaft bar locks like we have. If you want it to have the same mounting position as a vex pawl, you could bend the bar lock 90 degrees and cut off the excess parts you don’t need. Just put the thing in a vise and hammer it ^^