Below is a list of ratios available for the
various size wheels
Those in Bold and Italicized typeface are standard for all wheels
configurations unless customer requests differently
Other ratios outside of Bold are the minimum and maximum for wheel size
listed if using Double Drive.
We do encourage experienced spinners to be specific to their needs and
are happy to provide the ratios required. Beginning spinners will find
suggested ratios to cover a wide range of fibers and Twists Per Inch.
24" > (6:1-7:1), (8:1-10:1),
30" > (8:1-10:1), (12:1-16:1),(22:1-26:1)
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A word about wheel axle bearings:
Ball Bearings available at additional cost:
Pros: Make spinning almost effortless. Typical continuous rotation
without treadling is about 30 rotations
Ball bearings are also very quiet and never need lubrication as they are
shielded with grease inside.
Cons: Ball Bearings require the use of an Allen wrench to remove the
wheel for transport.
Cast Bronze: Pros are no additional cost. Cons are higher friction than
ball bearings meaning free rotation drops to about 20 rotations. Also
they must be oiled at the same frequency as bobbin bearings.
No Bearings: While used for centuries, unless needed for authenticity in
reenactments I do not recommend.