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Polished Complete Clock Weight

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Polished Complete Clock Weight

Complete clock weight in polished Brass tone, Comes with top and bottom caps, hardware and lead center filler. Please see the information tabs for the weight specifications required for the clock.

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Mechanical Grandfather Clock Weights in a variety of options. Get any part of the weight or the weight complete for your clock, using the weight chart
Clock WeightsWeights DescriptionWeights stuck highHermle Weight SpecsUrgos Weight SpecsKieninger Weight SpecsChanging a Cable
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Grandfather Clock Weights Description

The Grandfather Clock Weights Description on this web page will cover what is meant by weights and their parts. Any part of the weight is available on its own. We also offer complete weights. If needing a complete clock weight, we need to determine what the appropriate weight is for the clock.

This requires getting the information off of the back plate of the brass movement itself. This information will not be on any of the paperwork or clock case. Once the movement number is known, cross reference that with the weight chart.

The diameter of the bob in another piece of information that needs to be known. The bob is the round disk at the bottom of the pendulum.

The weight chart

Before using the chart, you need to know who made the 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 to getting the correct manufacturer of the movement not the names on the movement. The stamp with these numbers are right on the back plate. Use the movement identification page to find out who made it.

Once the manufacturer is known and the starting numbers of the movement, use the chart to see the weight specifications for the Grandfather clock weights.

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 43mm 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 43mm. 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 the clock has 5 or 9 big tubes on the back. Also this rule is not for all Grandfather clock weights but the vast majority of the post WW2 German units.

Close enough is good enough

The weight specs list it as 4.7 or 6.6, however this is really being too picky. If getting it close to those numbers that is fine. In fact if ordering 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 Grandfather clock weights so it is what it is. Just know if it is a pound over that is fine. If it's a little under, that is fine also. They do not have to be exact.

Often wrong from the start

In fact, there is a lot of clocks in the world sold new with the wrong Clock Weights on them from the start.

Clockworks will do a repair and they will say the clock ran for 30 years straight and come to find out they had Grandfather clock weights that were a pound or two too heavy. If the weights are a little too heavy it is fine. A lighter weight may or may not be fine because it may not trigger the movement to work properly.

Grandfather Clock Weights Description - Conclusion

Grandfather clock 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 and for some reason they are wrong. Then it is $30 to get them back to us and another $30 to send out a new set.

In addition, UPS charges a fee to send a call tag for them to come back. That is $110 to UPS for no reason. So if there are questions, please ask.

The content of this website is copyright by Clockworks and written by James Stoudenmire in year 2020

Grandfather Clock Weights Stuck

The Grandfather clock weights can get stuck in the high position if over wound. Some larger clocks have over wind protection to prevent this.

The grandmother and grandfather chain drive units often do not have this feature. When winding the weights up make sure the top of the weight can be seen when done. Never go to the point where the top of the shiny weight cover can't be seen.

Chime weight stuck

The chime weight is on the right as you face the clock and has the heaviest weight. Using cloth gloves, or at least a cloth of some kind, pull down on the weight some.

This is the same as making the weight weigh more. At the same time, turn the minute hand past the quarter hour to see if it will engage the chime. When you advance the time and make it chime, the weight will slowly come down. This will hopefully be enough to activate and run the chime on its own.

Time weight stuck

The time weight is the center weight which can be light or heavy depending on bob size.

This is the hardest weight to deal with out of the three. Try pulling down some while swinging the pendulum.

See if it starts running on its own when letting go. If this does not work, take off the pendulum. All it will have is the pendulum leader hanging on the back of the movement.

This will make it tick tock faster than if the pendulum was on. The leader will tick tock faster as you pull down some on the weight. The weight will then come down enough to run the clock.

If all else fails, and it’s a chain driven clock, you would need to cut the chain in half, or break a link, to take the movement out of the clock. With the movement out of the clock you can fix it.

Strike weight stuck

The strike weight is on the left as you face the clock and has the lightest weight. Only after the chime weight is operating correctly can you work on the strike weight.

If the clock does not run through the chime sequence it will not get to where it strikes out the hours. With some cloth gloves on, or at least a cloth of some kind, pull down on the weight some.

Again, this is the same as making the weight weigh more. Doing this will make the clock strike. Advance the minute hand and let it chime each quarter until it plays the top of the hour song. Then pull a little on the weight when it is going to strike out the hours.

Keep advancing the time with the minute hand, as to make it chime and strike. Then slowly the weight will come down enough to be able to activate and run the strike on its own.

The content of this website is copyright by Clockworks and written by James Stoudenmire in year 2020
Hermle clock weight specifications If the pendulum bob is 8.5, or larger, the time weight should be the same as the chime weight instead. (Tubular Bell movements are an exception)
Urgos clock weight specifications If the pendulum bob is 8.5, or larger, the time weight should be the same as the chime weight instead. (Tubular Bell movements are an exception)
Kieninger clock weight specifications If the pendulum bob is 8.5, or larger, the time weight should be the same as the chime weight instead. (Tubular Bell movements are an exception)

Changing a Clock Cable

Changing a clock cable requires the movement to be out of the clock case. These instructions refer to post WW2 modern grandfather units of German origin, however all makes have a similar method. Swapping the cable is easy. There is a big hole and a little hole on the cable mount.

The cable end fits into the big hole, then slides over to seat into the little hole. When the lock is set, it seats in securely. It's the same basic theme on both ends of the cable, meaning, one slot being in the cable drum itself and the other on the movement.

The cable drum side of the cable

To remove, lift the cable up from the oblong hole on the drum and slide it over to the big side. The cables have ends made of brass on them. These get slid over from the small side of the slot on the cable drum to the larger slot. It will release so as to remove it from the clock movement.

The other end of the cable

The movement itself would normally have the plates set for the cable ends. The cables have round brass ends on them and these lock into a plate on the movement.

This plate will have a small hole leading to a big hole. To remove the cable it requires only lifting the end and moving over to the big hole and out.

The content of this website is copyright by Clockworks and written by James Stoudenmire in year 2020

Polished Clock Weight

Complete clock weight in polished Brass tone, Comes with top and bottom caps, hardware and lead center filler. Please see the information tabs for the weight specifications required for the clock.

Additional information

Weight5 lbs
Dimensions3 × 12 × 5 in
Weight

4.3lbs, 4.7lbs, 6.6lbs, 7.7lbs, 9.9lbs

Size

1 3/4 x 9 1/4 Inch (43 x 235mm), 1 7/8 x 10 11/16 Inch (47 x 272mm), 1 7/8 x 5 7/8 Inch (47 x 149mm), 2 3/8 x 9 5/8 Inch (60 x 245mm)

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Lynn Yoder
Lynn Yoder
2 years ago

Can you make me the lead weight only? I don’t need the brass container. I have a wooden container that I want to put the lead inside for a hand made clock. The lead weight needs to be 1.5 in diameter and 12.5 in long and weight at least 10 lbs . The weight does not need a hole in the middle solid round weight as described above.
I need a price for such item please

Wayne
Wayne
2 years ago
Reply to  Lynn Yoder

A bag of #7 lead shot and pour it in. A 10 pound bag is available on Amazon or at some sporting good stores.

​James Stoudenmire
30yr Clockmaker
Author of Clockworks.com

Last edited 3 months ago by James Stoudenmire
June Hudson
June Hudson
2 years ago

I have ordered 3 replacement hooks for my Howard Miller Benjamin grandfather clock 610-893 and they s as recall too small, does not fit the screw in the lead weight. How can I get the right part?

Edward
Edward
2 years ago

How do you know what size weight goes with which clock grandfather stand up Moon clock

Eric Stauble
Eric Stauble
1 year ago

I need weights for a Seth Thomas Plymouth (Cat No 2632) grandmother clock. Can anyone tell me the correct weight for each of the weights?

Oralia
Oralia
1 year ago

I lost my middle weight. I have the right and left weight. I know each weight does it’s thing. So my question when buying the correct weight does it matter which one I need.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 year ago

Does the shell come with the weight

Teresa Maxwell
Teresa Maxwell
1 year ago

I need to replace the weights on an antique grandfather clock that is from the 1800’s. Each weight weighs 6.6 lbs., is 1″ 7/8″ in diameter and 6.5″ long. I see on your website you have 6.6 lb weights but they are much longer. Will these work the same?

joeperegoy
joeperegoy
1 year ago

I have a Hermle 451 050 Grad father clock weight aren’t hanging on the clock. what is the correct placement for them and do you have to put them on in order or what ,there all 1″7/8 wide X 10″7/8″ long and if my scale is right there all way the same 4.7 lbs help

joeperegoy
joeperegoy
1 year ago

How do you know what size weight goes where on Hermle 451 050 clock grandfather

Kimberly
Kimberly
1 year ago

I have a Jauch PL78 movement that I need weights for. It requires 3 weights. Can you tell me what size weights I need?

Julie Sommer
1 year ago

Hello, I have a Fritz Hermle 1151-050 grand father clock that I have inherited. It is missing the weights and the Pendulum. Can you help me locate the proper pieces?

Kari J Soller
1 year ago

I have a 2003 Ridgeway 9701 Richardson 1 Curio Grandfather clock and need the weights and the decorative top middle piece. The movement (brass plate) numbers are 461-853 CSK; 114 cm/60. What weights do I need? Thank you

Carol
Carol
1 year ago

We purchased a beautiful Sligh Trend clock very reasonable because it doesn’t work and thinking we could replace the movement. 78K 116cm. Trying to do some research but have not determined which replacement movement to use. Also, we noted the weights are very heavy-L-13.5#, C-17#, and R-17#. The Left and Right appear to have a stencil ID on the bottom and the Center looks like a hand-penned “c”. We have not seen that size weight anywhere. Why are these weights so heavy?

KELLY E READ
1 year ago

After reading in detail all of your information regarding weights and movements, and pendulum sizes, I need a weight that measures 2-1/4″ x 9-1/4″ that weighs 6.6 lbs, anyone have suggestion on locating that?

Toni
Toni
1 year ago

I just got a Pearl grandfather clock with Hermle movement 1151-050H. It’s missing a weight. What size the does the movement require?

Toni
Toni
1 year ago

Thanks!

Amy
Amy
1 year ago

My clock weights were accidentally dropped while moving. I know the shells need to be replaced, but what about the lead filler? Two of them seem fine, but one has small pieces rattling around inside the shell. Will this effect the function?

Susanne Mathis
Susanne Mathis
10 months ago

How do you know what size to get for our grandfather clock? The clock is 6 1/2-7′ tall, 18″ wide and 12″ deep. We lost the weights in a move.

Chuck
Chuck
9 months ago

I inherited my late parents grandfather clock. I was told told the movement was changed about 10 years ago. It has a Hermle 1151-053H movement but the original weights are missing. What is the weight of the center(time) weight? I want to hang a bag with correct weight of lead shot to make sure it works before I order brass weighted cylinders.

Tim
Tim
8 months ago

Do you sell weights in sets of 3 or only individually?

Tresa West
Tresa West
8 months ago

Lost 2 cylinders in a move of clock is FHS Germany 241-030 H 85cm 75.77, I still have 2 cylinders need 4, how do I use this info to order replacement cylinders?

David R. Rash
David R. Rash
7 months ago

The chain that holds the weight on the right side of my grandfather clock is stuck. How do I remedy this problem?

Randall Jordan
Randall Jordan
6 months ago

I have a Single Weight 8 Day Vienna Regulator Clock. It is missing the weight and the crank. Can you help me with the weight size and the crank size? It looks like the one shown here: https://www.hemswell-antiques.com/antiques/clocks-and-scientific-instruments/wall-clocks/single-weight-8-day-vienna-regulator-clock-47451.html

Thank you

​James Stoudenmire
30yr Clockmaker
Author of Clockworks.com

Todd Perry
Todd Perry
5 months ago

I am needing the 3 weights for a Howard Miller Grandfather clock that is approximately 40 years old that were misplaced during a move. The movement number is 451-050. Also can you tell me the placements of the weights. Thank you

Richard Ballantyne
3 months ago

I recently picked up a free Hermle 451-050H clock from a garage sale. It keeps good time for about 3 hours then stops completely. According to the service manual here: https://issuu.com/acru/docs/hermle_service_manual/99 the weights should be:
chime: 6.6 pounds, strike: 4.7 pounds, time: 4.7 pounds. However, the weights that came with this are according to my scale: chime: 6.6 pounds, strike: 3.9 pounds, time: 4.0 pounds. If I increase the weight of time time chain weight from 4.0 to 4.7 pounds, could that solve my problem? I notice that when I gently pull down on the time chain, the tick gets louder. Thanks in advance for your answer.

Cooper Sullivan
Cooper Sullivan
1 month ago
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Great quality thanks clockworks.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

I was wondering I have a Howard Miller clock with an urgos movement I have adjusted the bob down because I was 4 minutes fast daily, my question is I am almost out of threads that lower the bob and am still running 2 minutes fast daily. The clock model # is 610-274 movement # is UW66009

Debbie
Debbie
6 days ago

I have a Ridgeway floor Grandfather cloc. I need all 3 weights and a Pedulum. Clock was made in the 80’s