Heavy Duty Ball Winder
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). A Super Small Spindle is also available as a free-standing option (see spare parts).
This unit comes with the standard size 5/16" orifice pigtail yarn guide. If buyer selects the Large Pigtail, they will get both the Std. diameter and the Large orifice pigtail tensioner posts.
Please note: we do not have separate pictures of systems with Small Diameter Spindles and Power Bases and large orifice tensioner posts so if the option you are purchasing calls for one or more of these options, then please rest assured that these options are included even though the photos dot not show them.
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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 possiblyuse. 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.
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.