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Old 07-03-2005, 04:09:29 PM
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Question straightening cart wheels

i am working on a galloway cart, a couple of the wheels are bent. it looks like someone tried to slide it sideways without picking it up.the center hubs are cast and i do not want to break these, i am hoping someone has a idea i can try.thanks ahead of time! jim
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You need to find someone with a press who KNOWS how to use it!!!
You have to get VERY creative when straightening these things--lots of blocking, fulcrums, PATIENCE and "figure-it-outness". It can drive you half nuts but it CAN be done...and sometimes a spoke (or 2 or 3) needs to be cut as once a spoke is stretched, well, you know....
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Are these cast hubs with steel spokes and rims? Seems like you should be able to shrink the spokes rather than cut them out. I do agree that dealing with a spoked wheel takes a lot of head scratching before any work is done.

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I straightened the wheels on my Stover drag saw with a come-along, they were bent and wobbled when you rolled it. Got it pretty close to perfect. The rim was not bent, just the spokes. Take it easy one click at a time.
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Craig is right, the "easy, best, fastest, safest" way is take the wheel to a welding or fab shop that knows how to do farm repair. In Iowa that shouldn't be hard. A good farm shop will have experience with wheels and rims. As far as cutting spokes, I would say what Craig means is only cut through the spoke the thickness of the torch flame first. Then remove as much material as needed to make the spoke line up then weld and grind. Don't cut the whole spoke out. Sometimes a bent spoke can put enough stress on a rim to through the whole wheel out of wack. I have cut through bent spokes and had the rim spring back straight. I then line up the bent spoke, you can use heat but don't cool with water, allow to air cool, then weld and grind. In either case I'd cut the spoke towards the rim, not against the rim, where I would have enough room to grind the spoke smooth.
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