We are dealers for Schacht, Louet, Ashford, Majacraft, and Kromski and have wheels in stock for you to try from most of these companies. If you need repair parts, we can also order these for you if they are not already in stock.
Confused about which wheel is right for you? Here’s a comparison chart you can download and print. It lists all the major wheels, giving important information about each, such as spinning ratios, number of bobbins, portability, and starting price. Prices do, of course, change without notice, so please call 248/693-3690 or email email@example.com for the most up-to-date information.
|Schacht Lady Bug||Schacht Matchless|
|Vital Statistics: Ratios of 7:1 to 12.5:1, double treadle, can be used either double-drive or single-drive with scotch tension, three bobbins included, optional low-speed and high-speed whorls, lazy kate.In addition to being ‘cute as a bug’, this wheel delivers an impressive range of ratios for such a lightweight, portable wheel. With the addition of the low speed and high speed whorls, this wheel’s ratios span 5:1 up to 16:1. The optional lazy kate attaches right to the wheel, enhancing its portability. There’s also convenient carry handles built in. A great beginner wheel that might just be your wheel-of-choice for years to come!||Vital Statistics: Ratios of 9:1 through 15.5:1, a single treadle wide enough to fit both feet (shown), or a true doulbe treadle, lazy kate, four bobbins, and adjustable carry strap.Modern in style, traditional in quality, this upright wheel will give years of performance spinning. A very wide range of ratios make it suitable for beginner through lace-weight yarns, using additional optional whorls (total range, 4:1 through 22:1). The carry strap makes it readily portable for guild meetings, demonstrations, and workshops. Four bobbins and lazy kate will give you lots of spinning and plying pleasure before you have to get out the niddy noddy!|
|Vital Statistics: 24″ / 61 cm drive wheel, ratios of 12:1 to 20:1; 30″ / 76 cm drive wheel, ratios of 15:1 to 25:1 (pictured), double drive and single drive with scotch tension both standard, three bobbins, lazy kate included.Originally designed by the Reeves family, Rick and Marge Reeves worked with Schacht to bring this beautifully-detailed working wheel to you. A very traditional look doesn’t mask the engineering excellence of this wheel. The photo shows the wheel in cherry; ash is also available, both with a hand-rubbed Danish oil finish. The wheel may be ordered with a right-side flyer instead of the standard left-side flyer.|
|For more info, see http://www.schachtspindle.com/products.htm#Spinning.|
|Louet Julia||Louet Victoria|
|Vital Statistics: There are four ratios, which are: 1:6, 1:8.5, 1:12.5, 1:19. An optional high speed set, which is also the same set as the Victoria uses, provides an extra 1:27 ratio and make it easier to treadle the 1:19 on the Julia. A removable insert provides two orifice sizes (12mm and 8mm). All rotating parts run on ball bearings for smooth operation, while the unit itself is constructed out of beech and birch plywood, smoothly lacquered.The best way to describe this wheel is a Victoria version of the S51DT. Bobbins, flyer and the Scotch tension are the same as on the Victoria.The Julia comes standard with a stand-alone 3 bobbin Lazy Kate with an adjustable brake.
Wheels are made of laminated hardwood with a “birch” exterior finish. The base with treadles can be easily disassembled from the upright with the main wheel (unit does not fold) for easy transportation.
|Vital Statistics: Ratios from 6:1 to 13:1, single drive with scotch tension, double treadle, folding and extremely lightweight, three bobbins, lazy kate, and travel bag included.The Victoria is unbelievably light-weight (6 pounds!) and portable, folding into the (optional) travel bag very easily–small enough to be carry-on baggage on airplanes, it even be worn as a backpack! The flyer has a sliding hook for filling your bobbin, instead of messing with changing from hook to hook as you spin. With the optional high-speed flyer, you can get ratios from 6:1 to 25:1, very respectable indeed for a small, portable wheel. This wheel is finished and fully assembled right out of the box.|
|For more info, see http://louet.com/spinning_weaving/wheels.shtml.|
|Ashford Traditional||Ashford Traveller|
|Vital Statistics: Ratios of 7.5:1 to 14:1, lazy kate and 4 bobbins, available in single or double drive, with single or double treadle.A great, stripped-down, performance spinning wheel with traditional styling. With the Lace Flyer (optional) you can have ratios up to 40:1, a real production speed. A quill spindle, distaff, and jumbo flyer are additional options, making this one of the most flexible wheels around. Many spinners start with this wheel, and stay with it!||Vital Statistics: Ratios of 5.5:1 to 14:1, built-in lazy kate and four bobbins, double or single treadle, double drive or single drive with scotch tension.Solid, attractive, with a small footprint, and easily portable, this wheel is well named. The optional Lace Flyer offers speeds of 12, 16, 24, and 32:1 for real production spinning in a small space. The Jumbo offers speeds of 3.5 & 7:1. The simple, yet attractive, castle-wheel styling makes it easy to store in any corner of a house, plus it’s amazingly easy to put in a car.|
|Vital Statistics: Ratios of 6:1 to 14:1, folds, single drive with scotch tension, single or double treadle, three bobbins, built-in lazy kate, optional carry bag.One of the most portable wheels around, the Joy is a joy to own and use. A strikingly modern design doesn’t detract from traditional useability. This wheel folds into a small area, will fit into an optional over-the-shoulder carry bag, and has a handle at the top for ease of movement when the wheel is unfolded.|
|For more info, see http://www.ashford.co.nz/spinning/spinning-frameset.htm.|
|Majacraft Rose||Majacraft Little Gem|
|Vital Statistics: Ratios of 4.2:1 up to 19.5:1 with two different whorls, single drive with scotch tension, double treadle, head adjusts for easy right- or left-handed spinning, four bobbins and bobbin box / lazy kate included.This upright wheel with fairly traditional styling is engraved with a rose motif and two flyers, one with a standard orifice for fine fibers, one a delta orifice for thick or textured yarns. The bobbin box can both store bobbins and function as a lazy kate.||Vital Statistics: Ratios of 4.5:1 up to 12.7:1, single drive with scotch tension, double treadle, folds flat to store with three bobbins and lazy kate in travel bag. Optional folding stool.A neat little folding wheel, the Little Gem is exactly that! The flyer features a sliding guide hook for the yarn going onto the bobbin, for perfectly-filled bobbins. A great wheel for traveling, guild meetings, demonstrations, and just plain old spinning.|
|For more info, see http://www.majacraft.co.nz/wheels.php.|
|Vital Statistics: Wheel diameter – 18″; double treadle, orifice height – 28″; size – 3/8″, 3 bobbins, single drive with Scotch tension with interchangeable whorls, also includes threading hook, attached Lazy Kate, Ratios: 5:1 and 8:1. Additional whorls – 10:1, 14:1, 18:1 and 20:1, weight – 13.5 lbs.The Fantasia is made of European alder and birch and available in several wood and color combinations.||Vital Statistics: Wheel diameter – 18″;orifice height – 33″, size – 3/8″; Ratios: 6.5:1, 8.5:1, 12:1 and 16:1; 2 whorls includedThe Minstrel from the Kromskis of Poland, is setting a new standard for castle style wheels. It features a wide, steady base for the double treadle operation and the wheel, which is larger than many upright wheels – 18″. The wheel is easy to mount on the two support posts. The third post will mount an optional distaff.|
|For more info, see http://www.newvoyager.com|
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