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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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Default Wooden wheel bearings

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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Default Re: Wooden wheel bearings

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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Default Re: Wooden wheel bearings

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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http://woodexbearing.com/
Still there.. wonderful website.
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Default Re: Wooden wheel bearings

I'm surprised lignum vitae makes good bearing material for misc machinery. Generally it is supposed to be water "lubricated". In a propeller shaft bearing it needs to leak a bit to make sure it get the water it needs. If it doesn't drip a bit it will burn out... and probably start leaking.

http://www.lignum-vitae-bearings.com...bine-bearings/ describes it being used for wind turbine bearings but water needs to be supplied.
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Default Re: Wooden wheel bearings

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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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