Spinning Wheel Tool Box

Alden Amos says, “Every time you use your wheel, oil it.”


Alden Amos says, “Every time you use your wheel, oil it.”

How is your wheel holding up? Are you giving it the love and attention it needs to work at its peak? Keeping your spinning wheel maintained will help you build a long lasting and happy relationship.

One of the keys to a well maintained wheel is keeping it oiled. “Oil always comes first,” said the late Alden Amos. He goes on to explain, “Where do you oil it? Everything that moves.” Even if a manufacturer claims that the wheel does not need oil, Alden said you should oil it. What do you use? He recommends 30-weight motor oil with no detergent.

Oil is número uno, but what else is good to have on hand? A few key tools to keep handy:

All wheels need drive cords, be they plastic or cotton cord, and sometimes they break. Keep an extra one or two on hand.

Other tools will vary by brand. Some wheels go together with Allen wrenches, and others use a regular wrench; make sure you know which one yours uses and keep it in your tool kit. Amos also suggests keeping beeswax to wax drive bands, a pair of pliers, a couple of different screwdrivers appropriate to your wheel, a small hammer, and a pair of scissors in your spinner’s tool box.

Alden Amos explains to Linda Ligon the different tools every spinner should have in their tool box.

Alden Amos explains to Linda Ligon the different tools every spinner should have in their tool box.

Oiling your wheel will keep it running smoothly, and having the tool you need when spinning wheel disaster strikes can make all of the difference. Don’t get caught without these essentials, especially when your wheel is under the pressure of a spinning endurance test such as Spinzilla.

Happy spinning!
Elizabeth

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