windyway wrote:...I started rinsing off the salt and sand, but it was too late to save them.
Rust is dripping out from the China stainless.
Back in 2012, I contacted SS Customer Service.
They told me swivels cost $100,
but they would give me a "special deal" at their cost of $50.
No thanks, I think the truth is more like $14.
So here we have a major brand, who won't stand behind a defective part.
And I just lost a buyer for my used kite, because of it.
Yeah, if you don't rinse those things regularly they will bind up on you. Every season 2 out of 3 work well for me but that 3rd one is always binding up, even though I rinse it. I think the manufacturing tolerances are just too lax and you get some bad ones.
That said, SS has replaced them for me. Maybe since yours occured after a time of admittedly not rinsing out the sand/salt? Either way I think after 12 months you are on your own.
Have any companies developed a center line swivel that doesn't bind up?
If you have no other option than paying $50/ bar to get a new one, I'd pay it. Sounds like you lose a lot more if you don't sell the kites, right?