Friday, September 23, 2011

Salad Spinner Disassembly

The salad spinner cord broke.
You can see the problem…
There’s a plastic two eared nut on the underside of the top.
I had to drill out the plastic plugs that hid the screws.
And removed the screws.
Then more screws to get at the mechanism.
The gears. The small gear functions as a ratchet.
It slides in that slot. Notice all the fuzz from the frayed cord.
The spindle is removed.
The hub contains a flat spring.
09221110The cord has a knot at the end and another knot to keep you from pulling the cord out too far.
The handle was the only part that I had to destructively disassemble. It was pressed together and seemingly glued.09221112
I decided the easiest thing was to lash the two halves together. I might have a friend print up a replacement on his Makerbot or I may just live with it as is.
By the faint green blur around the periphery you can see that it functions. The replacement cord is the same that we use for our jewelry. It’s pretty tough and we have a ton of it laying around.


Marissa Whitcomb said...

I almost throw my spinner because it was damage and luckily I read your post. Will try to repair my spinner to save money for buying other one. Thanks! Hope I can do it right.

Anonymous said...

my spinner is very similar. and just broke, cut you tell me what kind of cord did you use?

Felice Luftschein said...

Nylon cord, we have a bunch for our jewelry business. Not sure that it's food safe...just go to the local hardware store and buy any nylon cord they have that's the same diameter or smaller.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the help! Really enjoy my spinner until the string broke! Your repair directions were good but I drilled a hole in the top of my handle, pulled old cord out and pulled new cord through, tide off and it works. I used a man's boot shoestring.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the instructions with pictures! I tried to open mine (exact same spinner) but couldn't figure out how to take it apart. Guess I'll need a drill.

Greg Crawford said...

Thanks Nick worked well .For the handle take your drill and run it right through the length of the handle and then tie a knot on the outside.