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weird spiral balance replacement

A purchasing agent from Missoula, MT says:
I have identified these parts as a spiral window balance of some kind. I am, however, at a loss as to where to find these. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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Paul from SWISCO responded:
Thanks for posting! These are strange looking spiral balances, that's for sure. It looks like they're for a wood window, though. Is that correct? If so, I think you should consider our Series 500 spiral balance with a 17-012 metal bracket. Do you think you could use this hardware as a substitute? Let me know what you think.
A purchasing agent from Missoula, MT says:
Thank you for your help. Series 500 isn't going to work, the attachment pieces aren't compatible (even with the 17-012 metal bracket). I found out that they were manufactured in the early 1940's and traced them back to a company in New York. Have searched every available source throughout the whole United States, and it is a no-go!
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Paul from SWISCO responded:
Thanks for getting back to us. Before I can recommend anything else, can you confirm whether or not these balances are for a wood window?
A purchasing agent from Missoula, MT says:
Yes, they are for wood windows.
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Paul from SWISCO responded:
Thank you! In that case, I don't think you'll find a closer match other than the Series 500, which was made for wood windows after WWII. You should be able to convert your window to accept these balances.

It's a fairly simple set up. You simply screw the bracket into the bottom of the sash and then attach the balance to the bracket. What makes your window incompatible, exactly?
A purchasing agent from Missoula, MT says:
Ok, going to double check that, thank you!
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