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Common Questions

tips for choosing pendulum or chime clock parts

When repairing a clock we always recommend new hands as your old ones may not fit.

  • What is the difference between High Torque and Standard Quartz Clock movements?

    High torque clock motors are more powerful - made specifically to handle the extra weight of longer clock hands up to 18" in length. this means you can make a clock with a clock face/dial that is 42" wide or even greater! comparatively, standard movements run clock hands up to 4.5 inches long.

  • What are the different types of continuous sweep movements?

    1) Mini quartz continuous sweep movements for clock hands up to 4-7/8". aa batteries

    2) High torque continuous sweep clock movements drive the longer hands and can drive a second hand (see below in red or black, 10 inches long). aa and c cell batteries. the c cell will simply last longer.

    3) Clock insert - one style at the moment.

  • How do I choose the right size clock motor & hands?

    1) Refer to the figure here, or » Click Here for helpful info (a new window or tab will open)  

    How to choose clock motors and hands for replacement

    2) The size of hands is based on the length of the minute hand from the mounting hole to the end of the minute hand. (Figures 3 & 4 above) Most can be slightly trimmed if need be, and they are all USA made of aluminum. Our customers also spray paint them.

    3) Our clock motors are sized by the thickness of the dial the movements can go through. EG Q-17-CS below will go through up to 1/4" thick material. If your material is too thick, consider removing some to in-set the clock. Or if your clock face material is too thin, consider adding some material behind the face so the hands will sit closer to your clock face.

  • What's included?

    Click on any motor to see hands that fit. 

    For standard movements that run hands less than 5 inches long, we have over 100 types of hands, with 25 options that are free. Second Hands are Sold Separately, and listed by size.   

    High Torque motors will run hands up to 18" Long **(Sweep 10" second hands sold separately, available for Continuous Sweep motors and work with any high torque motor for making larger clocks)

    Listed price for motors includes the mounting hardware for your clock. (Washers, Nuts, Bolts and Brass End Caps.)

    Note: Built in hangers are available for purchase with standard size clock motors.  If you are making a larger clock with a high torque motor, a built in hanger is not recommended due to the weight of the clocks you will build. We recommend checking out our selection of Picture Hanging Hardware

  • Inspiration

    wall clock painting kits

     Our thanks for the photo goes to The Paint Place, Fort Saint John, BC where they run frequent classes that teach painting and clock-making.  (We welcome your photos too!)  How did they do it? Check out our blog post! Plus here is a DIY Large Wall Clock Summary: The clocks shown use either a High Torque Movement for up to 5/8" thick material (Q-64) or some upgraded to Continuous Sweep Movements (Q-67) - scroll below for the selection. The class offered a selection of clock hands ranging from 8 to 12 inches for these clocks that are 30" diameter (add to cart below).  The materials were cut wood and painted.  Numbers are painted on. 

    Join us on Facebook - We are part of an awesome Facebook Group called "Making and Fixing Clocks!"  Click here to request to join.


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