I’ve become really interested in bells lately and I’m in the market for a larger cast iron bell in the 24-30″ range. I’ve located one but it’s quite far. I thought I’d ask the experts on the best way to transport it. I thought I read somewhere that bells were prone to cracking during transportation. Thanks for taking the time to answer.
The best wayis to get old thick blankets and wrap around it and keep it away from anything it could slide against. If you have a good truck and one that will make the trip, its easiest and inxpensive to go get it yourself.
Ok.. Thank you. I just wasn’t sure how fragile this will be… due to the size is going to have to ride in the bed I believe.. And it was the wheel and frame as well. Should I take it off the frame?
If you wrap it all up good and fix it where it will not slide you will be just fine. Do not let anyone try to lift it by its wheel. yoke is fine because its thicker. Good luck I have a 33 inch Goulds one.
Hope it’s not too late….
Yes, take it off the stands! Bouncing on the stands jeopardizes the stands and yoke’s axles designed to swing the bell torsionaly, not absorb shock of bouncing down the road. Also remove the clapper or rest the bowl on cribbing to eliminate resting on the clapper and deforming its shaft or stressing the clevis inside at the top.
Remove the wheel also to prevent stress… break the bolts retaining it if need be as they can easily replaced, the wheel, not so much! Lifting by the yoke is best, but attach near the center if possible.
Restrain the bowl tightly to prevent any movement because once it starts moving, that much mass is hard to stop.
I have a deformed tailgate as testimony to such and accident!
Good luck, enjoy