The above pictures tell it all - heavy duty construction and a well
A field proven design with over 7,000 units
Ball Winder Production Info - click
We offer the world's best
commercial grade ball winder. Introduced in the Fall of 2006, we have
shipped over 5,000 units to yarn shops, professional fiber artists, and
discriminating knitters all over the World. Our system has the following distinguishing
features and characteristics:
Made of Maple
hardwood, 10mm and 3/8" diameter steel shafts, and commercial grade,
heavy duty Swiss gears.
It will wind balls up
to 1 Lb. and greater.
The yarn guide arm
can be swiveled 180 degrees to allow for 5 different angles at which the
yarn supply can be positioned relative to the ball winder.
integrated yarn tensioner which can provide variable tensioning levels.
Diameter Spindle assembly
is available which makes a smaller center hole ball - kit makers prefer
this size because they can make smaller balls that look more attractive.
Our Yarn Ball Cores™
are designed to work with our ball winder spindle.
Two optional motor
drive systems (Power Base™ and Power Base Lite
are available. These units offer a commercial grade high tech motor
drive option for our Heavy Duty Ball Winders.
Ball Winder includes
2 heavy duty table clamps (5/16" diameter L-bolts). These allow for
mounting to table thicknesses of up to 2.5". Our clamping systems are
preferred by most fiber artists.
1 year limited
warranty for both consumer and commercial use.
manufactured in the USA with old fashioned engineering expertise and
quality materials and manufacturing processes.
ntegration with our
Electronic Yarn Meter when you add the Power Base to the system.
The handle rotational
motion of the HDBW is accomplished by using the user's forearm muscles
as opposed to their wrist muscles. This substantially reduces risk of
injury to the user's wrist. Combine this larger rotational arc with our
Ergo Ball Handle and the resulting comfort level that the user
experiences while winding a ball of yarn is remarkable.
Note: pictures do not show new Ergo Ball Handle or
Does the Heavy Duty Ball Winder include
all of the latest features that I see in
different pictures and/or read about?
Absolutely! The following features and improvements are
included on every new ball winder shipped:
Ergo Ball Handle™
Adjustable Tensioner Post with Knob
Tensioner Post Arm with slot
New Clamp Ring Nut Plate
5/16" Nut Driver Tool
Each unit is assembled prior to shipment (the user
just needs to attach the clamp bolts and handle which takes less than 1
What else can I buy for the ball
Small Diameter Spindle™ (also part of the Cone
Yarn Ball Cores™ (3 sizes)
Motorized Power Base
Electronic Yarn Meter™
Heavy Duty Swift™ or Skein-Winder™
Electronic Yarn Meter™
Cone Adapter Kit which allows you to wind 7" cones!
Our Ball Winder winding system is the most extensive
system available on the planet
The HDBW is a solidly engineered
product. A tremendous amount of engineering effort went into this machine
(and continues each day as we constantly review performance data).
We used the positive characteristics offered by the combination of
hardwoods, steel, and plastic materials to arrive at a design that combines
beauty, durability, and power. Most parts have been over designed for their
intended application. We knew that shop owners needed a machine that would
not fail like the plastic ones that have been used and abused for many
To purchase a Ball Winder, please visit this
If you ever have any problem with the
HDBW, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email and we
will make every effort to resolve your problem.
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Plastic Gears used in Ball
This photo shows our HDBW gears and the gears used in the highly popular
plastic ball winder made by Royal.
Many people have complained that the plastic gears tend to strip out on
the Royal unit. If you compare the size of the teeth on the 2 sets of gears
in the photo, you will see that the HDBW gears are much thicker and stronger
than the Royal gears in the back.
Although the plastic gears used in the Jumbo Royal are thicker than those
used in the standard Royal unit, they are still not as thick and strong as
those used in the HDBW.
Plastic gears can be more effective than metal gears if they are sized
correctly. In addition, they are quieter and typically do not need
Our gears will not break, strip or skip. They are made by a leading Swiss
gear manufacturer for NKK.
Contact us for more info
Other Ball Winder Video Info
We have older videos that demonstrate the ball winder's operation.
Some of the details in these videos have changed and we would prefer
to have users simply watch the adjustment video at the top of this
webpage which displays the most concise and most accurate method for
adjusting the ball winder,
However, some users have requested
that we make these older videos available which we have done below.
Please remember to make adjustments based on the newer videos.
1st Adjustment Video
New Tensioner Post Arm
Introduced in all new production late March 2010
We have modified the arm that supports the Tensioning Post on
the HDBW. The arm now allows you to slide the post closer to the
Why would you need to do this?
experience a problem where the yarn tends to either pop up on down
on the outside of the ball during winding, then this arm would solve
that problem by allowing you to move the arm closer toward the
spindle. The combination of turning the post to increase or decrease
tension with the additional action of moving it closer toward the
spindle virtually eliminates the yarn pop-up problem.
never noticed this issue in motorized setups, but it can occur
during hand winding, primarily because the tension and speed of the
yarn can vary more during hand winding. If you have seen this issue
(and most users have not), then you should consider this upgrade to
solve the issue.
This new arm is installed on all new Ball
Winders as of the end of March 2010.
Users of older Ball Winder - If you own an older ball winder, you may need the new
Tensioner Upgrade kit which includes this arm, a new post, and a
heavy duty adjustment knob. You cannot use this new arm with the
type of post that had just a screw and no knob. So if you have a
ball winder made prior to May 2008, you will need the complete kit
Complete BW Tensioner Upgrade Kit
Arm only for BW Tensioner (already own
new post and knob) $5.00
If you purchase a
Small Diameter Spindle, it
is mandatory that you use this new Arm. You will be given the option
when purchasing the Small Diameter Spindle to purchase these
additional components. If you already have them, then you will just
purchase the Spindle, otherwise, you will need to purchase the Arm
at a minimum and possibly the post and knob as well.