Effective Fall 2010 the S17 is now a NEW version of the time-tested affordable kit wheel! It is no longer a kit, but will comes partially assembled, comparable to other classic Louet wheels, and the final assembly is quick and easy. The bobbins will also come assembled. The wood will be sanded and the edges rounded. The wheel will only require a finishing with lacquer, stain or wax.
Since the backpost on the new wheel is 32mm thick, the original S17 skeinwinder will not fit the new version, however, our stand alone skeinwinder will add skeining capability to your studio.
A great wheel at a great price! A Mondaes Top pick for intro wheels with no muss, fuss, or maintenance needed. This wheel is great for beginners who do not have access to a spinning instructor or group, and it will prove to hold it's value over time.
We've also found that this wheel is very compact though full-size, has a small footprint, and is easy to carry with its turned hand-hold dowel under the maidens. At 11 pounds, it weighs less than many "Travelling" wheels! For these reasons and its low maintenance adjustments and bearings, we've included the S17 in our "Travelling Wheels" list.
The first generation Louet spinning wheels, like the S10 and S17, all have a single belt bobbin drive with an adjustable flyer brake to regulate tension. This results in spinning wheels that are very easy to learn how to spin on, and also very suitable to spin thicker yarns.
The bobbins have three pulleys (gears/settings) that can be used to obtain three spinning speeds or ratios. By using different types of bobbins and flyers, Louet spinning wheels can be used to produce every kind of yarn, from coarse wool to fine silks.
A High Speed Set is also available for this wheel for easier spinning of very fine yarns.
Finally, an excellent spinning wheel must turn freely and quietly. Accordingly Louet uses maintenance-free ball bearings in the main hub and at the footman connection. (No lubrication is required). The wheels are made of a laminated hardwood with a "birch" exterior finish.
- Fly wheel: Circumference 50 cm (19 3/4")
- Ratios: 1:5.5, 1:7.5, 1:10.5
- Orifice Diameter: 12 mm (1/2"), height 70 cm (27 5/8")
- Weight: 11lb (5kg)
- Unfinished Tulip Wood
Comes with 3 Bobbins & 2-Pole On-Board Lazy Kate
- Extra bobbins high speed bobbin and matching flyer (clear lacquered)
- High speed fat core bobbin (clear lacquered)
- Bulky bobbin and matching flyer (clear lacquered)
- Stand alone skeinwinder lazy kate with adjustable brake for four bobbins (clear lacquered)