The above pictures tell it all - heavy duty construction and a well
A field proven design with over 5,000 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 (2 models)
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
- The Retail price for our Heavy Duty Ball
The price includes 2 heavy duty
Purchase a Ball Winder here:
Click on the link below to order
a Heavy Duty Ball Winder. We can typically ship from stock (or
within 7 days at the latest) from the date of your order. If there will
be a delay, we will notify
you after receiving your order as to the projected ship date.
Purchase HDBW Heavy Duty Ball Winder
Ball Winder and Power Base
Info on Power Base
Ball Winder and Power Base Lite
Info on Power Base Lite
Power Base Bundles include our Heavy Duty Ball Winder and either our Power Base or Power Base Lite Plus - the ultimate
in ball winding ease.
Freight will be added at time of purchase. Total weight of either
bundle is 18 Lbs.
Spare Parts and Options for HDBW
Spare Ball Winder Flange drive O-Rings
(these will not be needed for a long
time (years) after initial use - pack of 2)
- small 1-5/8" diameter O-rings are mounted on top of spindle to keep your yarn
ball from flying off (if you wound it too loosely) Most users do not
need these. We include two with each ball winder.
Pack of 2 for
Spare Bolt, Clamp, Nut
- These are for
anyone who lost a clamp and bolt
Ball Winder Tensioner $15.00
- upgrade kit - only needed for units sold prior to
May 2008 (this item is now standard on all new units).
This item allows the user to control the tension on the yarn ball. Refines
the operation of the ball winder. This new kit now includes our new
adjustable Tensioner Post Arm.
Ergo Ball Handle $25.00
- Optional Upgrade
handle for units produced prior to May 2008. This handle has been
standard on all production since May 2008.
Allows user to approach unit at virtually any angle. Super
comfort and tremendous leverage.
Ball Handle and comparison with earlier design
Small Diameter Spindle $25.00
- Optional spindle
for Ball Winder which has a smaller diameter than the standard
- This small diameter spindle allows
users to more easily wind yarn in smaller balls with smaller center
Due to the smaller diameter of the spindle, users will wind only
about 2/3's the amount of yarn per spindle rotation with this
spindle versus the standard spindle. Although this means less yarn
is wound in a given amount of time at a given speed, the user will
be able to make smaller balls. Our studies have shown that this is
about the smallest diameter that a ball winder can make normally
shaped balls of.
- Since the intent is to make smaller balls
with this spindle, the length along the spindle in which it can wrap
yarn has been shortened. Therefore, users should not plan to make
extremely large balls with small center holes with this spindle.
Registration Form and Product Warranty
for purchasing our Heavy Duty Ball Winder. You will enjoy many years
of use from this great Ball Winder. In fact, we hope that you will
never have either the need or desire to own another brand.
We place a date of manufacture label
on the bottom of each winder. This date is by Calendar Quarter (i.e.
1st Qtr 2011). The warranty covers you for 4 quarters past the date
of manufacture. We no longer require that you register your purchase
with us. You will be required to tell us the date of manufacture
when making a warranty claim, however.
To ensure that you are notified of new
improvements or maintenance procedures, please join our
mailing list and we will keep
you posted of any changes or improvements.
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.
Send us an email - click here
Privacy Notice: We do not sell or otherwise
share any information that we receive from our customers or website
visitors. All names and addresses remain in our possession and are
only used to communicate directly with our customers.
Heavy Duty Ball Winder Product Warranty
This warranty covers the Heavy
Duty Ball Winder ("HDBW" or "Ball Winder") as
manufactured and sold by Nancy's Knit Knacks LLC
("NKK") for both consumer and commercial (excluding
industrial users) customers located in the United
States and Canada. Other International customers
shall be covered by our International Warranty.
- One (1) year (4 calendar quarters) past the Date
of Manufacture printed on the label affixed to the
bottom of the Ball Winder. This warranty applies to
User" (defined as the first person or organization
to put the unit into actual service or use).
This Warranty is not
transferable and only applies to the original
Modifications by End User
- the user is not permitted to make any
modifications to the Ball Winder. Adjustments may be
made by the End User to the following items provided
that they follow the NKK instructions included with
the unit (a copy of which can be viewed/downloaded
from NKK's website):
- Handle (may be removed
- Spindle (may be removed
- Yarn Guide Post (may be
removed and re-installed)
- Clamp Ring (may be
adjusted by user - see instructions)
this warranty, End User is also permitted to open
the unit up to perform cleaning and lubrication
The only user replaceable part
is the O-Ring on the Spindle Flange which may be
changed by User provided that they use one that
meets the specifications as published by NKK.
Cleaning the interior of the Ball
Winder is the responsibility of the user and should
be done once per year (or more often if used
Safe use of Ball Winder:
the Ball Winder must be clamped to a flat surface at
all times during use by means of the 2 Heavy Duty
Table Clamps included with the Ball Winder. Failure
to use the clamps will void this warranty.
- If the Ball Winder fails to operate properly
during the warranty period, End User should do the
- Contact NKK by phone,
email, Fax, or complete the HDBW Trouble Report
on the NKK website.
- End User MUST obtain a
Return Material Authorization from NKK prior to
returning a Ball Winder or a specific email
authorizing its return.
- End User should provide a
complete description of the failure to NKK and
allow NKK to diagnose the problem by
phone/email/fax. End User may be asked to assist
in analyzing the problem and providing NKK with
additional information on the details concerning
the failure mode.
If NKK concludes that the unit
must be returned to NKK's repair facility, NKK will
instruct the End User how to pack the unit to ensure
that it does not sustain damage while in transit.
NKK shall also have UPS or FedEx pick the unit up at End
User's Domestic USA location free of charge to End User. End
User's responsibility shall be to pack the unit in
accordance with NKK's instructions. Failure of End
User to comply with these instructions may void the
Upon receipt of the unit by
NKK, NKK shall determine the cause of the problem
and repair or replace the unit if the unit is
defective at no charge to End User. If the problem
or damage was the result of abuse or misuse by the
End User, then the unit shall not be covered by this
warranty and End User shall be responsible for all
repair charges and return freight charges. NKK shall
advise End User of the charges prior to making such
repairs. End User will be required to pay for such
repairs and freight charges in advance by credit
Any unit repaired or replaced
by NKK shall continue to be covered under the
original warranty period (the period shall not be
NKK's total liability under
this warranty shall be limited to the original
purchase price of the Ball Winder.
Under no circumstances shall NKK be responsible for
any damage or loss done to yarn or other fiber that
may become damaged while being used on the Ball
Winder regardless of the reason for the damage or
loss including Ball Winder failure.
- The Commercial End User shall be covered by the
same warranty coverage as contained hereinabove.
All questions pertaining to
warranty issues should be made to:
- Nancy's Knit Knacks LLC
- 104 Hobble Brook Ct.
- Cary, NC 27518-8623
- Fax 866-445-4371
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.
The following improvements/features are either
included in all shipments as of 3/29/2010 or are available as
||Retrofittable to older units
|Adjustable Tensioner Post1
|Adjustable Post Arm2
|Small Diameter Spindle
|Ergo Ball Handle
|Unit is fully Assembled at Factory
prior to shipping3
|Clamp Ring Nut Plate
|5/16 Nut Driver
This allows the post and curly-q to be rotated
2 This allows the post to
be slid toward the spindle
The handle needs to be attached with a set screw
Here are some comments that we have
received from some of our customers about the HDBW:
From the famous knitting instructor, Cat
Hello Bob and Nancy
Your Rolls Royce of a ball winder has been in use for
several days now by my knitting retreat participants, and we all
agree that on a scale of 10 it rates at least a 20. I was
hoping for was a ball winder that functioned well and didn't
annoy me. Instead I now have one that makes me want to wind
yarn just to feel the smooth feel of the handle, to listen to
the nearly silent whir of the winder, and to watch my yarn turn
into a ball faster than ever before. Several of my knitters
arrived with woodworking husbands who are marveling at the
design. It totally exceeds my expectations - thank you for
making such a very very fine instrument.
Ball Winder Videos
ball winder adjustment
O-ring adjustment (newer)