Builders of Electric Spinning Wheels (in alphabetical order)
You may be interested in looking at other commercial e-spinners.
I'll save you some time Googling. One thing you quickly learn is
that there are a number of very different approaches to building
These are what I've been able to discover, and I don't guarantee I've
included all of them. Let me know if I've missed any. RPM
figures are actual RPM measured with a laser tachometer.
Alden Amos, who wrote
The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning
, makes a "Motor
Spinner" which looks much like a standard spinning wheel would
look if you threw away the treadle and big wheel, and stuck an electric
motor in its place. These are custom made to order.
Street price: $850
Ashford, the New Zealand
company responsible in large part for the resurgence of interest in
spinning, has a new electric spinner. Uses Ashford Jumbo
bobbins. It looks much like the
original Ashford electric spinner but weighs less (a little over 6
pounds versus the original 12 pounds) and is a little smaller than
the original. No foot switch. 12 volt operation, includes 15
watt AC adapter. 1200 RPM no-load.
Street price: $750
Electric Spinner is, well, different. I believe it's 120
Street price: $300 to $425
Ertoel, an Australian company, makes the Roberta
Electronic Hand Spinner. 10 pounds. Foot switch
optional. 120 volt operation, 12 volt optional at extra cost.
1200 RPM no-load.
Street price: $1,225 to $1,335. Foot(pause) control $99.
miniSpinner on the left, Ertoel Roberta on the right (with jumbo
Enterprises (Granite Falls, WA) makes an electric spinner based on a
sewing machine motor. 120
volt only. Foot switch optional.
Street price: $517 (standard flyer), $789 (WooLee Winder). Foot switch $30.
HansenCrafts LLC (Port
makes the miniSpinner, a very compact e-spinner. Available
with standard jumbo flyer, HansenCrafts lace flyer, or WooLee Winder
flyer. About 3.5 pounds, 12 volt operation, includes 15
watt AC adapter, foot switch, 12 volt cigarette lighter cord. 1600
RPM no load (2000 RPM with lace flyer).
Street price: $795 and up, depending on wood and flyer style
Jerry Womack used to build the Butterfly
Electric Spinner. 10 pounds, foot switch optional. 120
volt/12 volt operation. 1300 RPM no load. I'm not sure
whether they're still being made.
Street price: $848 (2009)