Heavy Duty Ball Winder -Q
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 12,000 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!
What is the size range for the table clamp? I'm trying to figure out whether this will work with my granite countertop. Thank you!
The thickness of the table can be up to 2-3/8" for the standard bolts. We also have some larger bolts that can go up to approx 5". If you need the larger bolts you will have to include that in the notes.
The lady on Ebay will not tell me the age of the winder, so I will have to trust you to sell me a winder not made before 2010. She won't answer me and I don't want a failed machine.
Have the woman take a picture of the unit. Older units are fine but they can benefit from some of the new features that were installed between 2008 and 2018. It is just a matter of price. The early units were under $200, today's units are $330. You can urchase the upgrades if necessary. Lastly, ask here if it makes a properly shaped ball/. It make need a tune up to get it in proper working order which is not a big deal.
Can you wind the ball without a swifter. I buy yarn from Hobby Lobby and it is just wound, so I had wind it into a ball. I wanted a yarn winder to take the time I do hand winding. So no swifter as I do not have that kind of yarn that looks like it is wrench around.
Well, the key to winding yarn is tension. When a skein is mounted on a swift, it proivides back tension so that the positive tension provided by the ball winder is combined with the back tension from the swift and the yarn is kept under control. If you do not have a swift you can do other things to create that back tension. If you have a ball of yarn, you can put the ball on the floor and have it feed up and over the edge of the table where the ball winder is mounted. Pull from the inside and the ball will not flip around, however, it may have snags in the center and MAY retwist your yarn. Pull from the outside but then it will bounce around so put in a box.
We sell Yarn Pets (Single, double, and triple) that can hold a ball or cone or bobbin and these can be tensioned manually while delivering the yar to your needles or to a ball winder, etc.
Lastly if you need to add more tension use your hand to allow the yarn to pass through your fingers and have your hand provide the back tension that is needed.
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.