Bill Heidenreich has manufactured a Cluster Gear for his Chicago transmission. It is a beautiful gear with all the correct slants. I wish every one could see it in person. Bill says he would manufacture more if there is enough interest.
I suppose the *slants* means tooth profile. Is it made of the correct material and properly hardened? Doesn't look like much of a cluster gear for a multi gear transmission. But looks like good workmanship. Make some for Warford too.
Nice looking gear. Is it made in one piece?
Looks probably case hardened to me
Les Schubert: It is one piece.
John McGinnis: Your right about Warford gears I could use a few myself. I suspect that Warfords were built five to one other makes. I believe that only Ruckstell outsold Warfords.
But the question is does anyone else want or need these gears.
I would guess that if he sells some of these Chicago gears he might consider making some Warford Gears.
I had breakfast with Bill this morning and talked to him about Warford Gears. He said that if there was any demand he would manufacture some Warford Bears also.
I would be interested in knowing more about the equipment/process he used to make this "bear"!!!
Getting a ordinary gear cutter into the corner seems like it would be difficult
Les: I am afraid I don't know much about the process. I will try and email his phone and you can talk directly to him, He does some amazing (at least to me)things.
Probably done with a gear hob. Looks great.
I don't think there would be sufficient clearance
The larger gear can be hobbed, the smaller one must be cut with a gear shaper.
That's what I was thinking
The other option is to use stock gears (Boston) and press them on to a common shaft to make a cluster. That is what Warford does. The tough gears to reproduce are the sliding ones.
This is why I was wondering if it was a one piece gear. I could make something like that if I needed it, if it was two pieces. One piece is beyond my shop equipment!!
Ok guys, I have 5 gear cutting machines. I can make top quality gears. I use 8620 material and have them case harden to make them last. But doing one set is a pain and costly. So if you want to send in a sample and have a few sets made we can do a great job. I can cut inside and outside gears and timed gears as in the triple cluster. Scott
Scott, Sounds great. I still think that there would be more demand for Warford gears. I always have some aluminum Warfords sitting around. I will check today and see if I need some gears. Its been so long since I worked on any Worfords that I hope I still remember what goes where. I hope you get some response.