Posted November 15th, 2022 at 4:14 pm by Philip Kendall
Historically, winding torsion springs has been one of the most dangerous aspects of garage door maintenance. The springs are under a lot of tension, and even professionals have been killed by them.
In the past, we used winding bars to tension springs. These are not only dangerous but also time-consuming. As a result, various garage door manufacturers have invented alternative winding systems to improve safety. Although these systems are indeed safer to use than standard winding bars, they are also more expensive and still dangerous. What is more, many of them are not interchangeable and only work for one type of garage door spring.
However, the DDM Torsion Spring Safe-T-Winder™ now allows you to wind any type of torsion spring that’s mounted to a shaft above the top of the door.
Using the Winder
The Safe-T-Winder attaches directly to the torsion shaft, allowing you to wind all the springs with a drill in a matter of minutes. Detailed instructions are available on our Garage Door Torsion Spring Winder tutorial, and on our blog “How to Install the Safe-T-Winder™“.
The Torsion Spring Safe-T-Winder™ is rated for doors up to 1500 pounds. Since it attaches to the end of the torsion bar, it can even open doors with broken springs. Despite its heavy-duty capabilities, the same winder is also useful in residential applications.
While winding bars are still cheaper than the Safe-T-Winder, they are significantly more dangerous. They also cause shoulder injuries and shorten service careers. By comparison, the Safe-T-Winder™ is safe, simple, and easy to use.
For an alternative method of winding residential and light commercial garage door springs, see our post on the S3 Arrow Tru-Line Winder. Please keep in mind that winding torsion springs can be dangerous no matter how you wind them.
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