Summer Horse Drawn Wagon Events
Issue: #1405
Information complied from 19th Century carriage journals.
A compilation of articles on axle making taken from late 19th century journals published in America for the carriage industry. Chapters include information on the development of axle making as well as axle types, manufacturers, axle settings and tools and equipment.
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     Every spring, I get questions from wagon owners about how to service their buggies and wagons, especially the axles and wheels. So, I've put together some information on horse-drawn vehicle axles to help you get started.
     Wagon and carriage axles were first developed from available raw materials using existing manufacturing methods. Wooden axle arms that hauled the freight of the Conestoga wagons during the 1700's, carried the emigrants in covered wagons to the "promised land" in the 1840's and supported numerous early carriages such as the Dearborn, were eventually replaced with steel axles and thimble skeins. New materials and methods of manufacturing during the industrial revolution allowed for these "new and improved ideas" to become the new standard for wagon axles. Some of these designs are still with us today, while others went by the wayside with the evolution of technology. For more information on different axle types and the methods of servicing them, read this informative article.

     You'll want to check out some of the axles and accessories that we offer for sale on our website. You'll find some listed below.
     Also, be sure to follow our blog for exciting information about horse-driving events taking place this summer. You won't want to miss any of the fun!
Doug Hansen
Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop
These  Replacement Axles are new old-stock original inventory from a John Deere dealership. These have never been used. Available with skeins or as blanks.
Our Old Style Axle Stubs are ideal for buggy and carriage restorations. Simply weld axle stub on to existing axles and use the boxings in the hubs of our Sarven Buggy Wheels. Available in several sizes.
We now stock these 42" wide Standard Cannon Axles, ideal for constructing cannon carriages. These solid axles work well with out Scale Cannon Wheels.
These inexpensive Cart Axles make constructing a functional cart simple. Axle works with our Standard and Premium Decorative Wood Wagon Wheels.