Saturday, June 15, 2013
Two weeks ago I couldn't spell Klopfenstein now I can just look at the flywheel of my new treadle wheel! I heard through the grapevine that a friend of a friend was wanting to get rid of an old treadle wheel. I made the phone call and met the donor a few days later. This wheel had seen better days and looked like it had been outside for a while. The pan and wheelhead were both pretty rusty but I have a sandblaster and I found a couple of cans of Hammerite paint in the garage.Voila, it looks a lot better. Two of the feet were shortened for some reason. Maybe they just got tired and quit. I've seen four of these wheels and two of those had been shortened. Go figure.I managed to lift the 120lb flywheel into place without hurting myself and here a tweak, there a tweak she's up and running. The splash pan is huge so these make good trimming wheels. It may also be a good idea to throw standing up at least part of the time so I wear out my body evenly instead of one joint at a time. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks to JeanAnn for the tip and to Mike for the wheel.