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Horse Drawn Equipment Old iron designed for the purpose of hitching up to a horse or a team. This old iron machinery may be used or demonstrated while hooked to an old iron tractor too.

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Old 03-14-2017, 08:34:24 PM
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I am rebuilding a John Deere 999L corn planter. Does anyone know of a source of the wooden wheel bearings for the main wheels? Thanks.
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Default Re: Wooden wheel bearings

Never had to look for them myself, But as a young child, I recall our neighbor making his own out of some hardwood, possibly maple as it was light colored if I remember correctly.
I just googled wooden wagon wheel bearings, and a couple places said to use black locost wood, as it pretty durable.

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/...d.php?t=648811

Scroll down a couple posts and they discuss it a bit, and there is a link to the wood.
Hope others chime in as now I'm curious to.
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It was common to use hard maple soaked in oil.
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I have found the best wood for bearings is lignum vitae. I have used this on disc harrows that I have restored. You can buy blocks of it from Rockler Woodworking. It was originally used for propeller shaft bearings on ships.

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Sir, Find you a Amish Wheel Write. He can make them for you. Joe A.
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Last I knew the Wooden Bearing Company in Arrowsic, Maine was still in business. They made their bearings using a very good grade of rock maple saturated with paraffin.
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Sir, Find you a Amish Wheel Write. He can make them for you. Joe A.
Around here I suspect the Amish are using tapered roller bearings. I have a picture here somewhere of a Amish buggy with a aluminum sq tube frame and aluminum diamond plate floor. All beautifully welded.
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I don't know why, but I like the black locust , got a lot of that on the farm , made plenty mis strike to drive staples on successfully so it has to be the utimate bearing wood
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Osage Orange;
Use your namesake wood!
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I have found the best wood for bearings is lignum vitae. I have used this on disc harrows that I have restored. You can buy blocks of it from Rockler Woodworking. It was originally used for propeller shaft bearings on ships.

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Right you are. When we went into the shipyards sometime in the mid-to-late 80's the propeller strut shaft bearings were replaced with Lignum Vitae. My ship, the USS Vulcan AR5, was commissioned in 1941 so the bearings were made to original specs but I was astounded that almost 50 years later that's what was still being used for repairs. The bearing were made up into two shell halves and were cross hatched for water flow lubrication, the application being a shaft strut that would normally be submerged in water. According to the yard birds it had to be machined like metal in order to work it. As I recall it must have been treated in some manner because it had an odd green tint to it.
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