Grandfather Clock Weights Description

October 22, 2019 12:38 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Grandfather Clock Weights Description

The Grandfather Clock Weights Description on this web page will cover what is meant by weights and their parts. You can get any part of the weight, or the entire weight. We sell them in different ways. If you need a complete clock weight, we would need to determine the appropriate weight needed for your clock. This requires getting the information off of the back plate of the brass movement itself. This information will not be on any of your paperwork or clock case. Once the movement number is obtained, we can cross reference that with the weight chart. The other piece of information that you need is the diameter of your bob. The bob is the round thing at the bottom of your pendulum.

The weight chart

Before using the chart, first you need to know who made your clock movement. This can be deceiving because the movement can have any name on it, but it may not be the true maker. For example, a Hermle unit may have the name Sligh, Ridgeway, Howard Miller and so on. The numbers on the movement is what will lead you to getting the correct manufacturer of the movement not the names on the movement. These numbers will be stamped right on the back plate. You can use our movement identification page to find out who made it. Once you know the manufacturer and the starting numbers of the movement, use the chart to see the weight specifications.

Avoiding the weight chart

There is also another way to go about this task which may be easier. If the movement was made in Germany, post WW2, we can safely make the following assumptions. If the movement is square and chain driven, it will require [email protected] lbs and [email protected] lbs. These are available in either 47mm or 44mm diameters. If the pendulum bob is 8 1/2 inches or more, change that rule to [email protected] lbs and [email protected] in 47mm or 44mm.

A movement that is rectangle in either chain or cable will use [email protected] and [email protected] LBS in 60mm diameter. This changes to [email protected] and [email protected] in 60mm diameter if the pendulum bob is 8 1/2 inches or wider. These specifications do not apply if your clock has 5 or 9 big tubes on the back.

Grandfather Clock Weights Description - Conclusion

Weights are not cheap mainly because they are so heavy to keep, ship, store, move from here to there. Sure one weight set of three is less than 30 lbs but that adds up quickly in a stack of weight sets. With that said, we don't want to ship these back and forth. It is best to get the right weights the first time. To return these is not an inexpensive or easy task. For example, suppose we charge $30 to ship these to you. They are wrong for some reason it's now $40 to get it back and another $30 to reship. UPS charges a fee to send a call tag for them to come back. That is $110 to UPS for no reason. So if you do have a question, please ask.

The weight specs are listed as 4.7 or 6.6, however this is really being too picky. If you get it close to those numbers that is fine. In fact if you order a 4.7 lb weight, it may come 5.3 or whatever, but that is just fine. There has to be some sort of reference for the factory to label the weights so it is what it is. Just know if your a pound over its fine. If your a little under, that is fine also. They do not have to be exact.

In fact, there is a lot of clocks in the world sold new with the wrong Clock Weights on them from the start. I will do a repair and they will say the clock ran for 30 years straight and come to find out they had weights that were a pound or two too heavy. Let's put it this way, if the weights are a little too heavy it is fine. A lighter weight may not be fine because it may not trigger the movement to work as designed.

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