Restoring old Lockerbie kick wheel

by Karen

Question: I just brought home an old Lockerbie Model K kick wheel which is in need of some TLC. It dates back to the 1970s. I am in the process of taking it apart to clean, sand, repaint, and most importantly cleanup the bottom and top bearings. All in all the kick wheel is in fairly good shape.

I've managed to remove all the set screws but still cannot get the wheel head to come off the shaft. I cannot find any documentation on the Web to tell me if the wheel head is threaded onto the shaft or just slides on/off. (It may just be stuck with years of grease and paint buildup.)

Do you know if Lockerbie published an Owners Manual and/or a parts schematic for their wheels?

I would really appreciate any suggestions. Thank you.


Answer: Thanks for the question, Karen. I've never owned a Lockerbie wheel, but your problem reminds me of a recent post about at Randall Kick Wheel that had a stuck wheel head.

We did a bunch of research and found some interesting solutions ranging from heating the wheel head with a blow torch to spraying around the drive shaft with WD-40 and tapping it upward with a rubber mallet.

I'm inclined to think this might be similar to your problem if there is some rust on there. I like the WD-40 idea myself, but hopefully another reader who owns a Lockerbie can offer some insight.

Anyone out there got a Lockerbie and know some tips for Karen?


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Sep 19, 2020
Lockerbie wheel
by: Anonymous

yes I got myself a older Lockerbie wheel hammered the cement off and used a grinder to take the shaft off easy greased the bearing sand paper on the shaft works great

Jul 17, 2020
Need a shaft for a Lockerbie EK NEW
by: Anonymous

I got a Lockerbie Kickwheel second hand but they could not find the shaft. I need to buy one to replace it. Do you have these?

Aug 26, 2017
Lockerbie head removal NEW
by: RonB

I was just given an very old (#495) kickwheel. Decided to take it apart to move it home. Could not move the head off the shaft. Karen, did you have any luck?

Oct 17, 2015
lockerbie wheel head removal
by: martin

I'm not sure how old this post is, today 10/17/2015, but on the older wheels the hed is permanently attached to the shaft and so must be removed as a unit. Newer wheels have the head and shaft as two parts.

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