Re: Re: C & N iron bells
Father: American bells of the 19th and early 20 centuries over a certain size (perhaps 40 inches or so) were fitted with hardwood wheels. At that time those were probably stronger than cast wheels for such large bells. Most wood wheels were not properly maintained (painted or varnished) over the years and eventually deteriorated. Bells cast today are fitted with strong steel wheels. If your lever works well there’s really no need for a wheel. Installing one might be difficult or dangerous without removing the bell from the tower.