Definition - What does Pawl mean?

A Pawl is a thin piece of a pivoted curved metal that is located beside the ratchet. It falls into the interdental spaces and notches of the ratchet. It is the part of the mechanical assembly that allows the shaft to rotate in one direction. The Pawl restricts the motion of the ratchet. It is basically used in jacks, spanners, winders and turnstiles.

Petropedia explains Pawl

There are a wide variety of Pawls available thus some characteristics such as, the number of teeth, bore diameter, face width, pitch and outside diameter must never be overlooked when purchasing a Pawl. The English Pawls have 16, 32, or 48 teeth per inch. The Pawl is a useful device as it is easy to use, versatile and provides accurate results. It is used in a number of industries depending on its bore size, material, diameter and number of teeth.

The following are some of the properties of the device:

  • It allows fixed rotational pattern.
  • It is manufactured from high quality steel yet inexpensive.
  • It possesses high durability.
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