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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 e-spinners.  

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

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

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

Babe

The Babe Electric Spinner is, well, different.  I believe it's 120 volt operation.

Street price:  $300 to $425

Ertoel

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 flyer).

Fricke Enterprises

Fricke 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

HansenCrafts LLC (Port Townsend, WA) 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

Womack Butterfly

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)

 


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