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How to Choose the Correct Size Clock Movements and Clock Hands

3 Things You Need to Know & Measure - 1) Thickness of your Clock Face/Dial Material.  2) Length of your Clock Hands. 3) Type of Clock Movements.

how to choose clock Movements and hands 

Here's what you need to know for choosing new or replacement clock parts: 

1) The Thickness of your Clock Face - you just need a measurement of the material the clock shaft has to go through.  (What is the measurement A in Figure 2 above?  Or in Figure 1, how thick is that piece of wood that's ready for a clock motor?  NOTE - Sometimes you will have to remove some material with a chisel or router or other tool to inset your clock movement.

2) Our clock hands are measured as in Figure 4 from the the Mounting Hole to the end of the Minute Hand.   (In Figure 4 you can see the overall length of the hands pictured is longer)

3) Choose clock hands based on the size of your clock dial.  In Figure 3 this clock is a 24" clock and the designer chose 10" Clock Hands - generally you want your clock hands to sit somewhere between the inside and outside edge of your numbers or numerals.  Clock Hands above 4-1/2" require a higher power clock motor, called High Torque.

4) What type of Clock Movement? Scroll Down to See Pictures of Clock Motors - Click on a picture to see the options once you have the measurements from step 1 to 3 above.  Or use this table to quickly jump and see the options.

Clock Mechanisms are in 2 Power Categories - Standard for hands up to 4.5" and High Torque for hands up to 18".  

A) Standard Step Motion 
B) Upgrade to Continuous Sweep
C) Add a Pendulum or Chime (or Both)

Note: All movements except High Torque come with free hanging brackets.  For many designs our Picture Hanging Hardware (click here for details) will be a great option for hanging your clocks.

Standard Quartz Clock Motors for up to 4-1/2" long Minute Hands »» Standard Quartz, USA Made by Takane for up to 3/4" thick dial face. Pendulum Movements  Chime Clock Movements Chime + Pendulum Clock Movements  Free Clock Hands 4.5" or shorter * Upgrade to Silent, Continuous Sweep
High Torque (High Power) Quartz Clock Motors  for hands 4-1/2" up to 18" »»  High Torque Step Motion, USA Made. For up to 5/8" thick dial face Upgrade to Silent, Continuous Sweep  Pendulum and Chime Options Purchase Longer Clock Hands Separately
5" up to 18"