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#224719 12/24/05 01:42 PM
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My flyer on this really old spinning wheel just broke it's metal rod. Where can I look for a replacement? It's got a small orifice--3/8" plus the other end is very small, just past the screw on (that screw-on is what broke)---perhaps 1/2"---hard to find? I'm just absolutely heart-broken. I wonder if a machinist could do something with it without damaging the wood. Anyone have any ideas?

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#224720 12/26/05 06:41 AM
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What is the brand name of the wheel? Is it an antique? If you know the brand name you can find many of the web sites here at http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/3614.asp and contact them about replacements. Also there is a list of vendors here at http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/3611.asp who may have parts for even more types of wheels.

If it is an antique, you're going to have to find a machinist or even better, someone who restores antique wheels. Try a google search for that.

Another option may be to see if a modern flyer unit will fit on and work with your old wheel. Sometimes a clever handyman/woodworker can adapt them to fit.

Good luck!
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#224721 12/27/05 02:39 PM
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Such helpful information--thanks. It is an antigue, I believe, it's a John A Salzer Seed Co brand. I'm told they were made in Germany between 1900 to 1940. It actually still works very well except I tried to change the bobbin and the threads broke the rod instead of turning---dah! I have it at the machine shop right now---hoping, maybe. Since it has such a small orifice, the Ashford flyer that I have won't fit into the holding brackets, but as you said, those COULD be adapted, if I have to do that. I just want to spin on this old wheel---who can explain that? Thanks.

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There's a fellow near Harrisburg, PA (Arthur Bert or Burt) who restores wheels and makes bobbins. He may make flyers too. He restored my antique wheel beautifully. If the machine shop can't help, it's possible that someone who restores wheels can.

Good luck!
Sarah


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