Wheels made in China

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Wheels made in China

Post by Speedster » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:39 am

I recently bought 5 tubes of wheels and axles Made in China. Some of my scouts use the axles so I like to have some to save them a trip to the store from our workshop. This year both the stores and I ran out of them. I special ordered them for the 5 tubes.

The wheels are all mold matched in each tube. There will be a date on one of the wheels, mine showing 07212016. 4 wheels weigh about 10.40 grams, more or less. I believe that's less weight than previous China wheels.

Here's a big problem. I have a Concentricity gage from Derby Evolution equipped with a .0965 Class ZZ Pin Gage from Vermont Gage. The bores in the China wheels are so small they will not go on the pin. I put graphite in the bore and on the pin. When that did not work I put liquid soap on the bore and on the pin and it was still so tight I finally decided to simply force it on. At this point I do not know if I damaged anything regarding the wheel. I was able to turn the wheel and found the two I tested were from .005 to .010 out of round. Again, I don't know if I damaged something. I had to remove the wheels with a pliers thus ruining the wheels which I didn't care about to begin with. If someone is going to use the China wheels and intend to check them to see how round they are I think you will not be able to do it.



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Re: Wheels made in China

Post by Vitamin K » Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:30 am

Couldn't you just swap out the pin?

I use a #41 drill bit (.096") in my homemade gauge.



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Re: Wheels made in China

Post by Speedster » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:15 am

I just wanted to take a moment to warn others what they probably will run into.
The Vermont gage measures exactly .0965 with my calipers. I can't picture that last "5" making such a difference that the wheel won't go on that pin, but maybe so.



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