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Hot Setting 450 pound Wagon Wheel Tires | Heavy Wheelwright Work

Hot Setting 450 pound Wagon Wheel Tires | Heavy Wheelwright Work

Well, last week we got the felloes to the point where we cn begin to assembling them on to the spokes. So we’re goin to go ahead and do that. I think it’s pretty clear as you follow through. I’m goin to speed this up a little bit, cause we’ve got a lot to cover and we’re goin to end up with setting the tires on these wheels. So, once I have the felloes on, I’m gonna to square it up to my belt sander. I also have it centered on my stand, and I’m gonna make sure that these wheels are round. So now I can begin to size the tires to the wheels. And I’m gonna do this by measuring just the wood, and I’ll jump across any spaces that might be between the felloes at the joints. The back tires for these wheels, just the tires alone, are at about 450 pounds. and are one inch thick, eight inches wide. So, now is when I can go ahead and insert these one eighth inch pipe fittings, with a grease fitting, permanently into the hubs. And before we set the tires I give them a good coat of my linseed oil mix. Well, all in all, things went pretty well. We started at ten o’clock in the morning and by noon we were done. We also started with the sun shining, ended up with cloudy and overcast, and it was just about starting to snow. Bobby Tanner from Bishop California who owns the mules that will pull these wagons, he came up to help. Dan Nemecheck, you’ve seen him work with me in past videos here in the shop, Jem Blueher from Livingston, and my son Nate, and his two children, Avery and Jack, also came over to lend a hand. And also Mark Smith, who restores antique furniture, also helped. And a special thanks to my brother-in-law, Rick Bischoff, who was kind enough to run the camera while we set these tires. All in all we had a good day. Next we’re gonna go ahead and put these on the axles and start assembling the gears. Once again, Thanks for Watching!

100 comments on “Hot Setting 450 pound Wagon Wheel Tires | Heavy Wheelwright Work

  1. They aren’t wheels they are works of art! Always a treat to watch and you have a great crew ! God BLess

  2. Back in the day it must've taken a big Smithy to handle iron that big considering no arc welders, antiquated carbide torches, no power tools and so on. Beautiful work you do there. Enjoy the vids.

  3. This part looked like a lot of fun. Especially when the tire goes on straight, square and even the first time.

  4. Sorry! Att jag skriver på svenska. Har med stor beundran sett alla videos som mäster producerat.
    Kan inte annat än frapperas över skickligheten. Thanks!

  5. Awesome work!
    How do you think they would have set the tire before the forklift? Man power? some sort of crane system?

  6. It is amazing to watch you set these extremely heavy tires and the 1080# tires on the Borax Wagons and then imagine how they did it without a forklift and garden hoses.

  7. I understand why you have to, why and how it works, and that it's perfectly O.K., but the furniture maker in me cringes every time I see water poured over wood……

  8. And that my friends, is an event of the day ! Interesting how things can still get done without all of the modern and overpriced machinery. So, it's apparent, even without the water wagons full of water, them mules are still hauling a good sized load when "empty".

  9. It's great to watch everyone working together. I wish I had the opportunity to participate in something like that. Great work!

  10. Baseball caps appear de rigueur for this type of work! Looking good, amazing work as always and it's so satisfying watching a craftsman at work.

  11. Are you sure that you are doing this correctly?
    I noticed you didn't take them to "Big O" and have them balanced on their machine.

  12. Hi hat happens with the extremes of temperature and humidity between summer and winter, does the iron tyre get loose with constantly expanding and contracting ?

  13. Fascinating. I'm always amazed at the range of skills you possess and the quality of your craftsmanship.

  14. Were the welds beveled to get complete joint penetration? Is the ID of the tire (cold) smaller than the OD of the wheel?

  15. WoW!!!, every time I think I seen it all, you come with this, a group of dedicated people who seem to enjoy and love the art of the past, what an amazing video, sir your not only an artisan your are a professional and very well organized…I wish I was there just spraying some water….very enjoyable and extremely informative, words cannot describe how I feel when I watch your talent at work, thank you for offering yourself to us….very much appreciated.

  16. Precision! It is a joy to watch your work. It was a surprise to see your shop is located near to town. How do you not have a shop full of gawkers (like I would be.. lol) watching, asking questions, and generally getting in the way?

  17. The hot setting process is just amazing….the precision tire to wheel fit is fabulous…and it's nice to see that there are parts of the U.S. where people come out to help one another….

  18. Damn, hubby is upset that he missed the opportunity to help with this! Not your fault, just saying that he really wanted to be a part of this momentous occasion. Glad everything worked out!

  19. re: welding the tires. How was this done "back in the day"? Were they forge welded? (And, as always, thanks for the video).

  20. Out of interest
    How did they used to join the ends of the tyres
    Is forge welding strong enough or accurate enough?

  21. Good to see a competent team working together with such success.
    And a glimpse of the valuable resources that you have in the back yard!

  22. One of the most awesome videos I have ever seen. Planned well, ends well. You know these wheels are art, you can stand them anywhere on the planet, and it be worth looking at.

  23. 🙂 Must be high time to set the Geraniums Outside again, no?!?!? Or are they permanent indoor residents? 🙂

  24. I'm sorry I got 'tired' after watching this Lol! Kidding aside, what a great show of talent and craftsmanship going into the wheels alone! Good job!!!

  25. I’m a carpenter and my buddy sent me to a page on instagram. I’m going through the feed and I saw a wagon wheel that looked just like one of yours. It was your sons Instagram account. He’s a great craftsman in his own right!!

  26. Enjoyed the video. Good team of helpers. Amazed at the mass of each wheel. But then they're carrying that water tank. Thanks for sharing.

  27. I'd love to have shop like yours , I only have a small barn I work out of on my projects , having a larger shop be nice .

  28. So awesome to see. My family and I just moved to Joliet last year, we bought the house at the end of Main Street just before the bridge. I stumbled onto your channel searching You Tube for info on the town. So neat to have this going on in the town I live.

  29. The wheels for these wagons have to be the biggest widest heaviest wagon wheels ever made, one flippin inch thick steel, amazing.
    I was yelling at the one guy for putting water on the tire before it was all the way down.

  30. If I lived in Joliet, you'd have to put up with me begging to sweep the shop, fetch coffee, sharpen bits and generally making a pest of myself.

  31. I'd put a spray head on those hoses. When water hits hot metal there is an insulating steam layer generated. With a full hose stream, cooling occurs only where the water initially impacts the tire and what pours down the rim is sizzling above the steam layer and not cooling anything. A pressured spray played on the tire face will have many more points of water impact and remove more heat.

  32. Really loved watching it all coming together. It was a tiring experience. It look like half the town folk came to watch.

  33. What do you do for rust prevention on the metal parts? It appears the hub and wheel parts are still carburized.

  34. A metal cutting circular saw would be perfect for those cuts. 1" is far above the "rated capacity" but going slow with a lubricated blade you'd make short work of it. The Skill branded saw is far superior than the Milwaukee in my testing on 3/4" and 1" A36 plate.

  35. Most talented man on YouTube ! I can’t figure out what he does better blacksmithing or woodworking….

  36. So that's how they did it! I have watched the series on making the borax wagons, and I have seen the heating, shrinkage and fitting of the wheel treads ( not sure of the name – it was a while ago…)

  37. Any idea how much those rims expanded when heated? You may have said it but I had volume low. I have a freight wagon I would love to redo someday but doubt will ever happen.

  38. amazing precision work, imagine the wood of the wheels would be burned too much…They must have had real factories for mass production of these wheels in past centuries?

  39. Wow nice so this ie the same technic to fix wagons back in the days.back then was beautiful time today's to many laws back then more freedom.

  40. You can always use an apprentice……this art should not go when you go…..so much will be lost on this amazing skill.

  41. Very interesting, I enjoyed that. Thanks.
    Amazing that today's Formula 1 cars can change 4 tyres in under 2 seconds!

  42. Where do they use such huge ones? The wheel n 1" rim doesn't gives an idea how big… But seems definitely very very high load bearing.
    And in this modern age how come they still preferring wooden cart wheels? Pls explain.

  43. :-/ the weights don't seem realistic. Heck, I just rebuilt a three-cylinder diesel in my old Ford backhoe, hung it on the scale just before reinstalling it, and all up, with the torque converter attached, it only weighed 850 pounds.

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