I am a structural engineer and I’m designing a new support for three large bells in a church bell tower. All three bells are VanDuzen & Tift / Buckeye Bell Foundry Bells cast in 1885 (as cast on the side of the bells). One bell is about 42″ in diameter and the other two are are about 36″ in diameter. I would like to know the weight of these bells.
Weights are for the bronze bells only. I don’t have a Buckeye weight chart for complete swinging bells but the mounting hardware (yoke, clapper, stands, wheel) for the 3 will probably add an additional 700-800 pounds. Hope this helps.
Thanks, jackbell! This helps a lot. I went back into the bell tower yesterday to take more accurate measurements. There’s actually four bells with the following diameters: 30″, 31 1/2″, 36 1/4″ and 45 1/2″. Your information will get me “in the ball park.” I’ll probably assume they’re a little heavier and will also have the normal safety factors in play. I appreciate your quick response!