Does anyone know anything about rollerbearing hubs on wooden wheels?

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Does anyone know anything about rollerbearing hubs on wooden wheels?

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  • Carolina carriage superstore
  • Wooden wheel with bearing hubs

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    06-10-2012, 02:16 PM
Green Broke
Does anyone know anything about rollerbearing hubs on wooden wheels?

I am refinishing a cart that has wooden wheels with roller bearing hubs.
I bought the cart new 24 years ago, since then I have never done anything to the hubs, never opened them up, never took the wheels off of the axel.
I put the cart up on the floor jack and checked the wheels, both turn very freely, are not warped as they turn and are not wobbly on the axel.
The right wheel, will free turn for 5 minutes, but it has a 3 metal piece sticking out of the hub, a piece like a lathe would make about the width of dental floss. I drove today and the metal piece did not get any longer.

Do you think I need to do anything to the hubs? Like open them up and regrease the bearings?
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    06-10-2012, 05:12 PM
There's a huge place called Carolina Carriage superstore that's in Greer SC that buys, sells, and restores all types of carts and carriages. They have a pretty good website. Carolina Carriage Superstore

Maybe they can help.
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    06-10-2012, 11:16 PM
Green Broke
Thanks I will call them in the am.

Anyone else know how long this type of hub lasts or weather I need to regrease after this long?
    06-11-2012, 11:10 PM
Green Broke
Okay for everyone that was on the edge of their seats waiting for the answer to the question of the day. I found out the answer..... I called Witmer coach shop in PA and asked them........

The answer...... as long as there is no grease comming out of the seal or anywhere out of the hub, leave them alone they are fine.

So we now can rest assured that I do not have to take my wheels apart.

Thanks for reading
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