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Polished Clock Weight Cap

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Polished Clock Weight Cap

Polished brass tone weight shell end caps are the tops and bottom of the weight shell. Available in 43mm, 47mm or 60mm diameters and sold individually.

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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 Full article »

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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 2022

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 2022
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 2022

Polished Clock Weight Cap

End caps are the top and bottom of the weight shell with the brass tone polish. Available in 43mm, 47mm or 60mm diameters and sold individually. If a top or bottom shows any signs of damage this is an inexpensive solution than purchasing the entire weight or weight shell. The top hook and the bottom nut have threads so all you have to do it use a pair of needle nose pliers to turn the them so they will come off.

Additional information

Weight0.25 lbs

43mm (1 11/16 Inch), 47mm (1 13/16 Inch), 60mm (2 3/8 Inch)

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Ellamae Eisenhower
Ellamae Eisenhower
10 months ago

I have a Ridgeway Tempus Fugit Grandfather clock that the weight on the right side has lost it’s bottom weight cap and the nut . My 96 yrs. old mother -in- law recently passed away. I’m trying to get it fixed and running again. Also, the 3rd chain came off completely ,so it needs to be re-hung. Sadly the gentleman that would come and checked on it for my mother-in-law .passed away about 4 yrs. ago. Would like to know the cost for the parts to fix the weight ,so it can be running again. I’m unable to find the numbers on the plate of the clock movements as the back is one solid piece of wood and no side access panel. The weight shell measures 4 1/2 cm.Any information will be helpful.
Thank you,
Ellamae Eisenhower

Ellamae Eisenhower
Ellamae Eisenhower
10 months ago

Thank you for the information. The only thing is that I need the bottom screw to hold the cap onto the rod.I have the top hook and rod that goes thru the weight.
Ellamae Eisenhower

Deborah Munro
Deborah Munro
11 months ago

I have a Viking Series 111/133 and have one damaged weight. It is brushed brass and the damage is on the bottom cap. The rest of the weight is okay. Can you tell me what size end cap to purchase and if you carry it? Thanks.

Wayne jaynes
Wayne jaynes
1 year ago

HELP! I have a Herchede 1972 clock. The bottom cap was split so I ordered a 60mm cap from you. I can’t get it to stretch on the shell. Looks like the shell is actually 60mm. I tried shrinking the edge of the shell and stretching the cap. Yes I know better but it seems the 60 is all you offer. I would throw the whole thing away but already gave it to a good friend. I cleaned and oiled it and it works great. I would be glad to have a used one but don’t know where to look. I guess I’m going to be a customer as I have gotten the fever. I have bought my first clock and in the last three months bought five. I know my wife is right about me. If you can help, I would appreciate it. Thanks Wayne [email protected]. 256 762 7528

Jake Hunt
Jake Hunt
1 year ago
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Daniel K. Thompson
Daniel K. Thompson
3 years ago

The diameter of my weight tubes are 50 mm OD. It appears the 47mm caps will be to small for the tubes and the 60 mm caps will be to large. Will the 60 mm caps look funny and to large on the weights if I put them on the 50 mm diameter tubes. The weight tube casings end caps are antique and more ornate that the flat weight caps offered. However, the tubes are not damaged. I can reduce the length of the threaded rod to fit the flat weight caps. I believe I have all the pieces needed to assemble the weights correctly. Please advise, I would like to order 6 each caps, if I can get the correct size diameter. If you have other alternatives or parts for me to consider, then please advise

Thank you for your help.

Daniel K. Thompson
West Jordan, Utah
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