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Electric Wheel wagon gear

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02-06-2006 20:09:35

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I see there's a wagon running gear for sale on photo ads, made by the electric wheel company. I've never heard of this company before, and am interested in the wagon. Anyone have any company history/facts, or know when these were made?

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02-16-2006 19:27:39

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 Re: Electric Wheel wagon gear in reply to DJL, 02-06-2006 20:09:35  

I just purchased this one on Ebay a week or two ago for $125. Picked it up yesterday, and I"m really impressed with how well it"s built. Has a tag on the rear axle showing the Electric Wheel Co. name as well as a model number and serial number. On the front axle is a decal that is barely readable that just says Electric. Sure would like to know more about this little gem such as the age etc. The bed is about 7 foot wide and 14 foot long. I think I"ll post a new message to ask about it so it gets up on page one.

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02-08-2006 05:59:58

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 Re: Electric Wheel wagon gear in reply to DJL, 02-06-2006 20:09:35  
I have several of them, and I also have some factory manuals and stuff for them too if anybody would like a copy. The most valuable piece I have is a "ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS AND PARTS LIST FOR #650 WAGON, #663 BOLSTER, AND #664 SPRING BOLSTER." It's dated 4-50. I too have a David Bradley stenciled DB with an Electric tag. I also have an EWC 125bu galvanized flare box wagon also. From what I understand, they made the wagon gears and boat loads of rims. I have rear 9-bolt rims on my MM marked EWC.

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02-07-2006 18:42:43

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 Re: Electric Wheel wagon gear in reply to DJL, 02-06-2006 20:09:35  
Probably the company that sold the most Electric Wheel gears was Sears Roebuck's---David Bradley line.A good wagon for the price.
Think EW built just about all the wagon gears back in the 40s & 50s except for John Deere and Cobey wagons. Cobey was the Cadillac of farm wagons in my opinion.

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02-10-2006 04:56:32

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 Re: Electric Wheel wagon gear in reply to msb, 02-07-2006 18:42:43  
I'm just curious- what color were the rims on the old cobey's? we bought one this last year with a gravity box on it ansd there are 4 different color rims on it, red, white, yellow and rust. The gravity box used to be green but has a good coat of rust on that as well. It's really only surface rust, so I'd like to get it blasted and then repaint it. No idea what brand the box is, the decals were the first to go with the rust it looks.
Donovan from Wisconsin

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02-07-2006 06:56:59

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 Re: Electric Wheel wagon gear in reply to DJL, 02-06-2006 20:09:35  
Electric Wheel made wheels for many of the OEMs, both farm equpment and automotive.

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Keith T

02-07-2006 03:05:48

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 Re: Electric Wheel wagon gear in reply to DJL, 02-06-2006 20:09:35  
This co. was in biz for years making running gears among other things.They made many under other major co. names In the later years they were owned by Firestone.In the 1970's I sold IH implements and all of thiers were Electric gears .
They were nothing fancy just good utilatarian gears.

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02-07-2006 09:52:36

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 Re: Electric Wheel wagon gear in reply to Keith T , 02-07-2006 03:05:48  
Yep, and I"ve got two A-C running gears that also carry Electric Wheel ID on the plate, and I had an Oliver made by EWC. MF gears from the 60s up were from Electric, too I believe. For being no-frills running gears, they still trail pretty good and have lasted a long time. I think they are better than the two New Holland #15 running gears I have (gasp!).

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02-06-2006 20:26:13

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 Re: Electric Wheel wagon gear in reply to DJL, 02-06-2006 20:09:35

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02-06-2006 20:21:23

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 Re: Electric Wheel wagon gear in reply to DJL, 02-06-2006 20:09:35  
My friend I help during the busy seasons (haying and harvesting)has a an electric wheel hay rack. They're I believe made in Quincy, IL which is about an hour and a half south of where we live. It seems to be a decent rack and trails well although it sat for about 8 years before I rebuilt it with him. I'm not sure if it trails well of because how its built or if the front end isn't half frozen! Ross

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Maine Fordson

02-07-2006 06:38:25

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 Re: Electric Wheel Co. in reply to Ross, 02-06-2006 20:21:23  
They"ve been in business forever, I guess. I have some old farming magazines from the early 1920"s, and Electric Wheel Co. often has a small (1.5 x 1.75-inch ) ad near the back of each issue. They must have done OK without spending a small fortune on advertising. Think about it: prior to the development of the three-point hitch, just about every farm implement used at least two steel wheels...

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