This listing gets you both a Jumbo Yarn Ball Winder AND a Power Base Retrofit. You'll have the ability to use the Jumbo Yarn Winder as a manual unit OR wind the same big yarn balls with our Power Base attachment. 100% best of both worlds!
Maple Jumbo Yarn Ball Winder Information
This winder stays with our design philosophy: make simple products that work exceptionally well. Six sealed ball bearings allow the winder to spin almost effortlessly while a well-balanced main winding assembly allow users to to opt to wind with or without a table clamp. Hard maple and premium maple veneered plywood are finished with Danish oil.
A modular unit: An important design element that demonstrates quality to me is the ability to disassemble & service tools with little effort. Every tool that receives regular use will need to be cleaned at some point. The ability to quickly disassemble this winder sets it apart from any winder on the market at this price point. You can take the entire unit apart in less than a minute. Suppose you drop the winder and break just one part. Rather than throwing the entire unit away, you can easily purchase just the part you need from this website. Try that with an imported winder. Want to add an "art yarn" guide? Simply loosen the yarn guide set screw and replace the standard yarn guide. It's that easy.
Yarn Capacity: The amount of yarn that this winder (or any winder) can hold depends on the tension placed on the yarn as it is fed into the unit and the thickness of the yarn. You should be able to get around 1 pound of fingering weight yarn on this winder. Ten ounces is about the maximum capacity of worsted weight yarn. Thicker yarns will be less. We have found that the capacity is about twice that of our little blue plastic winder.
About the belts: Urethane belting is a commonly used cheap power transmission method for this industry. These belts are designed to last about 10 years. If they stretch you can cut, heat the ends, and weld them back together. There is be a little "flashing" that will need to be cut. We also sell replacement belts.
Maple Jumbo Yarn Ball Winder
1/8" urethane drive belt
1/8" and 3/32" Hex Wrenches
Power Base Information
Simplicity & the ability to retrofit our existing winder were driving forces behind this design project. Speed is adjustable, direction is not. A small brushed DC motor allows you to wind with ease.
The speed control is a separate unit containing a speed control knob correlated with the speed of the winder and an on/off switch. The speed control being a separate unit allows the user to position the speed control anywhere that feels comfortable. High-quality rubber feet keep the power base in place while winding and protect your work surface.
Speed Control Box
AC/DC Power Supply
2x ⅛” black urethane belt
Overview, set-up & use (please note: the power base in the video is an older model with the speed control on the power base): https://youtu.be/5lx4GHl10Ts
Proper yarn guide placement supplemental: https://youtu.be/jUfvgn3yfqA
Power Base Instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i-025PgN0rOtLBQ4snLIDw4h3TniSWpToieueNN5A0Q/edit?usp=sharing
Jumbo Yarn Winder Instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qS5Gb0f_O3rLu87sA45CceeyCl9U3eOcxCYwkIW94Cs/edit?usp=sharing
Jumbo Yarn Winder Set-Up (PREVENT YARN BARF) Instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rUfchjGOuGrcjQRkO71-NP9rgS3H-JPi4ginNgAdDS0/edit?usp=sharing
Factory warranty: the Power Base carries a one year warranty from date of purchase against manufacturer's defects.
Items ship mostly assembled - some light assembly is required. Yarn not included.
Individually handcrafted in our Cincinnati, OH workshop.
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I bought the winder and powerbase as a pre-order. I was so excited when it arrived and I was not disappointed. The winder has a variation of speeds, and you can adjust for larger skeins. The setup was fairly easy and it came with easy to use instruction to wind the best cakes. I won't own another winder.