The Torsion Spring Safe-T-Winder™ - DDM Garage Doors Blog

Posted November 15th, 2022 at 4:14 pm by Philip Kendall

The DDM Torsion Spring Safe-T-Winder™ uses a drill to wind garage door torsion springs. Now you can wind torsion springs safely without winding bars!

The Torsion Spring Safe-T-Winder
Our Torsion Spring Safe-T-Winder™ easily winds springs on doors weighing up to 1500 pounds.

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™“.

Installing the Safe-T-Winder at the end of a torsion shaft.
Installing the Safe-T-Winder on the end of a torsion shaft

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.

Other Options

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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2 Responses to “The Torsion Spring Safe-T-Winder™”

  1. Thomas Says:

    Hi, I have 10ft high, 10ft wide garage door. I want to buy springs and cables. Can you help me find the right parts? I am looking forward to hear from you .

  2. Caleb Penney Says:

    Hello Thomas. We would be happy to work with you to find what you need.

    Please give me a call at (800) 383-9548 to let me know the weight of your door and the drum size you are using (this information is typically on the inside rim of your cable drum)?

    With this information, I should be able to determine the springs and cables needed for your door.

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