Heavy Duty Ball Winder -Q

  • $330.00

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The industry's leading commercial grade ball winder for stores, professionals, and consumers. This ball winder can wind up to 1 Lb. balls. Unit can also be motorized and meter-ized (extra cost options). Made of Maple hardwood and heavy duty steel shafts and Swiss gears. Over 10,000 sold Worldwide since 2006. Made in the USA. Weighs 7 Lbs.

The Std. Spindle is what most users need. The Small Diameter Spindle is for making smaller balls with smaller center holes BUT it cannot make really large balls (greater than 4-5 ounces). If the user wants to use a Small Diameter Spindle they will need to order that as a separate item (see spare parts).

This unit comes with the standard size 5/16" orifice pigtail yarn guide. If buyer wants to also use a Large Pigtail for use with art yarns, then they should order the separately available large orifice wire-form post.

If you are adding the Small Diameter Spindle to your order, please indicate in the notes of your order if you want that spindle mounted instead of the Standard Spindle.

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  • What is the winding ratio for this winder?

    The internal gear system multiplies each turn of the crank handle by 5. This makes this unit one of the most efficient manual crank winders available. Many of the plastic units (including the now defunct Royal) have a ratio of 3.x - 4. Those units have to be cranked many more times in order to get the same amount of work done.

    When you attach the electric power base to this winder, it can run at upwards of 500-600+ RPMs depending on the load. The motor turns about 135 RPMs and then the ball winder's gear system increases it 5 fold. Interestingly, the motor also has a gear reduction system built-in and it converts the motor's 3,000 RPMs down to 135-150 rpm and in the process, it increases the torque of the cranking action. In other words, if we simply ran the motor at 3000 RPMs you would not be able to use it because it would be going too fast, but also, it would have no power. By converting speed (high RPMs) into torque, we can run heavier loads at manageable speeds.

    Although the motor and electronics which do all of this are amazing, your body is much more complex and capable and it has variable torque and speed and can easily adjust to the task at hand. 

  • What weight yarn can I use on this ball winder?

    This ball winder will handle everything from lace weight (and even finer) to the heaviest yarn that you could possibly use. We have even had users wind waxed hemp and rope on it. It will wind anything, realistically. Tension differences may cause you to change the position of the curly Q or the position of the post arm. We also offer a Small Diameter Spindle if you want to wind balls with a smaller center hole which is good if you want to make yarn kits with smaller balls.

    We do not use a belt or chain inside the machine (which can break or stretch). We use a gear system. These are heavy duty nylon gears made in Switzerland and Germany. When you turn our crank handle 1 revolution, our gear system muliplies that by a factor of 5. Most of the plastic winders in the market only have a 3.x ratio plus they have a shorter handle radius and a weaker drivetrain system overall. When you crank our handle, you will have the definite feeling that you are in charge of the winding.

    That is why we can pull heaver materials with ease, plus, we can do it day-in and day-out without failing.

    That is why we call it the Heavy Duty Ball Winder!

  • Can you use the electronic rotation counter to get the winder to stop after a certain number of rotations, like the skein winder?

    Yes indeed! You must make a wiring change inside the Power Base though. I will send you the info on how to do it.


  • Will this winder eliminate snags and tightness in yarn being pulled from the center of the cake so I can use it for machine knitting? In other words, once it set up the yarn can I just knit without having to pull yarn out of the cake so the tension is right for the knitting machine?

    The best way to pull yarn from a ball or a cone is to pull from the outside, not from the inside of the ball. There is too much erratic behavior on the inside. I recommend using our Pet series of ball/cone holders to handle this.These are like small Lazy Susans and they feed the yarn to you without retwisting the yarn as well.
    The Pets do add a little tension however so I would also reduce the tension on your machine. The reson the kniting machien need tension is becasu of teh way they are using the cones. Cones used vertically have no tension at all so somewhere tension needs to be added which is why the knitting machine adds tension. We have an on-board tensioner on our Pets which is fully adjustable.
    Our Pets also work great from knitting as well.