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    No One in the frickin' U.S. of A stocks KIF springs?

    Really CousinsUK is the only source? Come on!

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    Re: No One in the frickin' U.S. of A stocks KIF springs?

    No, Cousins UK s not the only source. KIF is a Swiss product, I am absolutely shure, they must have a few available in the alps. I know many other places around the world, who have those things.

    USA? - I don't know, but perhaps you write a mail to them directly, asking about possible US sources or wholesalers

    https://www.kif-parechoc.ch/en/produits/

    Whatever, it's always advisable to come (or complain) here first, where you meet the concentrated strength and competence of the horological world.

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    Re: No One in the frickin' U.S. of A stocks KIF springs?

    Well, I can't speak for all KIF springs, but Twin City Supply in Minneapolis had exactly what I needed. I spoke to Bill and he was able to get me a new mainspring for a 484 Grade Elgin as well. Consider them if you need old movement parts.

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    Re: No One in the frickin' U.S. of A stocks KIF springs?

    That's great!

    I was working on an AS 1883 a month or so ago, and the date jumper spring lived up to its name and jumped - GONE! So I spent a while finding the part I needed, ordered it(3 of them, actually) from Cousins along with a couple other similar small AS parts. Of course the shipping was equal to the cost of the parts!

    Then last week, I dropped a cannon pinion. I used a magnet to sweep the floor for it. What do I find on the magnet? That date jumper spring.

    (Cannon pinion was on the footrail under the bench, so I managed to retrieve it without having to demagnetize it.)
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    Re: No One in the frickin' U.S. of A stocks KIF springs?

    Twin Cities is a reliable supplier. Jules Borel appears to have KIF Trior springs and likely other styles as well. I'm guessing Wm. S. McCaw has them also.

    What numbers were you seeking? The Bestfit Book, Part 2 has an extensive listing of shock springs with illustrations. Finding the Bestfit shock spring number would be the best way to order them -- 400/xxx

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    Re: No One in the frickin' U.S. of A stocks KIF springs?

    I think I need the 1-5 KIF spring. Elgin 714 shockmaster.

    Thanks,

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    Re: No One in the frickin' U.S. of A stocks KIF springs?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneJockey View Post
    That's great!

    I was working on an AS 1883 a month or so ago, and the date jumper spring lived up to its name and jumped - GONE! So I spent a while finding the part I needed, ordered it(3 of them, actually) from Cousins along with a couple other similar small AS parts. Of course the shipping was equal to the cost of the parts!

    Then last week, I dropped a cannon pinion. I used a magnet to sweep the floor for it. What do I find on the magnet? That date jumper spring.

    (Cannon pinion was on the footrail under the bench, so I managed to retrieve it without having to demagnetize it.)
    Gene:. I resorted to a vacuum cleaner. No spring, but a canon pinion as well. RMD

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    Re: No One in the frickin' U.S. of A stocks KIF springs?

    Bob, you reckon you have problems. I live in Australia...
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    Re: No One in the frickin' U.S. of A stocks KIF springs?

    Strong permanent magnet has served me well.
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    Re: No One in the frickin' U.S. of A stocks KIF springs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Duckworth View Post
    Gene:. I resorted to a vacuum cleaner. No spring, but a canon pinion as well.
    One of the tricks we’ve used in Aerospace is to stick a nylon in the mouth of the vacuum cleaner to collect everything that comes it’s way. Once, we had something rattling in the bowels of an assembly that was ready to ship (yes, we rotate them about at least one axis with really sensitive microphones attached and recorders going).

    In one case, we found a tiny piece of lockwire using a long piece of PVC pipe taped to the vacuum nozzle. We knew it was there from the noise, but until we captured the piece and verified the noise stopped, the unit wasn’t going to ship.
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