2007 - Volume #31, Issue #1, Page #36[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Antique Cast Iron Wheels, Axles For Sale
Barwick gets his wheels from a manufacturing plant that went out of business. They range in size from 10 to 16 in. in diameter and have a 2-in. wide tread. They're available in several different hub designs. Some have roller bearings, and some don't.
The wheels came off old 5-ft. long, 30-in. wide steel carts that were used to haul lumber around furniture manufacturing plants. "I bought the wheels from a local man who helped tear down the furniture making plant," says Barwick. "As far as I know you can't buy wheels like these anywhere else. You can find cast iron wheels for sale in gas engine magazines, but those wheels just have straight spokes with no circles or designs."
Collectors of antique gas engines often build carts with two wheels in the middle and a swivel wheel at each end.
Barwick has more than 200 pairs of wheels on hand. "So far I've sold about 100 pair of wheels, but I'd like to sell them all. Customers will have to come to my place to pick them up," he notes.
An axle and two wheels with bearings sells for $50; $45 without bearings. Swivel wheels sell for $10 apiece.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, B.T. Barwick, 40 Sandle Wood Lane, Sumter, S.C. 29154 (ph 803 481-2194).
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