Travelling Wheels


[This comparison is intended to give a table where some of the travelling wheels, both folding and very small, can be compared without having to flip between resources. That is it's only intention. Thanks to Dave Paul who collected a lot of this data and sent it to me. This table is not intended to promote any one wheel above any other, each buyer has his/her own criteria about which wheel would be better for his/her purposes. It is not intended to promote any one seller or wheel-maker above any other. It is not complete, and as info is subject to constant change, will become incorrect almost as soon is it is completed. If you have info to add, corrections to make, or additional wheels that you would like to suggest be added, please email me at cenabrown AT yahoo DOT com. And please don't yell at me for any reason, I'm sensitive, dang it.]


Ashford Joy Kromski Sonata Lendrum Louet Victoria Merlin Kiwi*** HitchHiker# Majacraft LG2 Journey Wheel Babe's Pinkie# Fricke
Weight 11.2 lbs. 11.5 lbs. 13.6 lbs.* 7.4 lbs.* 12.0 lbs 9.6 lbs 10 lbs* 14-14.5 lbs 4 lbs ~13 lbs
Height 25" 32.5" 34" 23" 29.75" 22" 29.5-30.5" 32 22 1/2" 30"
Height of Orifice 22.25" 30-32" 30", adjustable 23" 27.75 17.25** 26 to 28" 29 20-1/2" 28"
Wheel Diameter 15.75" 19" 19" 14" 17.5" 14" 8.25 ? 12 17"
Number of bobbins 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 4
Size of Bobbins ~19 cu. in. ~29 cu in. ~20 cu. in. ~22 cu. in. ~19 cu. in. ~19 cu. in. ~38 cu. in. ~19 cu. in.

Lazy Kate 2 bobbin, on wheel 2 bobbin, on wheel 3 bobbin, separate 2 bobbin, separate 2 bobbin, on wheel 2 bobbin, on wheel 2 bobbins, separate 2 bobbins, on wheel 2 bobbins, on wheel included
Ratios - standard flyer 6, 8, 11 & 14 6.7, 12.5 & 14 6, 8 & 10 6 to 12 [25 optional] 5.5 & 7.25 7,9 & 13 4.5, 6, 8.5, 10.5 & 12.75 8,10,14 & 16 3.25 5.7,6.8,8.7,12, & 19.4
Accessories None Jumbo Flyer, Fast Flyer Jumbo/plying head and flyer, Fast Flyer, Very fast head and flyer, & quill head Fast Flyer Jumbo Flyer, Fast Flyer Jumbo Flyer All accessories & options available with the Rose & Suzie. Scotch Tension Kit, Horizontal Distaff Arm, Padded Travel Case Plying Bobbin, 2-spd Bobbin with 4.25 & 11.75 ratios Jumbo flyer, Level-Wind flyer
Carry Bag, source Optional, padded, Ashford & Woolery Optional, padded, Kromski Optional, padded, Woolery & BagLady Optional, not padded, Louet None Optional, Canvas Tote, Merlin Tree & Woolery Included Self-contained with carrying strap. Padded Travel Case available from Journey Wheel ? ?
Material Ply & MDF laminated Alder & Birch Maple Ply & MDF laminated Beech & MDF Ply, ash, butternut & cherry MDF & rimu Cherry and Maple PVC & wood Frame ash, white or red oak. Wheel MDF
How it folds 1.remove flyer, put bobbins, flyer in place,
2.remove footman from wheel
3.release two hinges,
4.fold & lock
1.remove flyer head,
2.remove locking screw,
3.fold then screw/lock,
1.remove flyer head,
2.remove locking screw,
3.fold then screw/lock,
[You don't have to remove the flyer to fold it, but you do to fit it into either bag]
1.remove flyer/bobbin,
2.remove footman from wheel,
3.release locking pin,
4.fold & lock
1.lift treadlesm
2.attach tie loop
1.remove flyer 1.Remove head,
2.Fold
1. Release lock pins.
2.Release treadle brackets; fold treadle(s) up.
3.Fold top down; replace lock pins
n/a
Open Time 29 36 30 35 5 0 15-60 15 0
Close Time 35 28 20 24 7 0 4 15 0
Threading Hook Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes N/A, delta orifice N/A, U orifice ? Yes, at extra cost
Scotch Tension Adjusting peg up front; spring Adjusting peg up front, spring Adjusting peg at rear, rubber band Adjusting peg up front, spring adjusting peg in rear, springs Adjusting peg on top, spring Adjusting peg in front Adjusting knob in front; rubber band ?
Footprint (depth x width) 17" x 15" 17" x 14" 18" x 15" 13" x 15.5" 17.5" x 13" 14" x 7.25" 14"x15" 14"x16" 15 X 22
How it sits sits on 6 soft rubber feet sits on 4 soft feet sits on 3 soft rubber feet sits on 4 hard plastic feet sits on wooden corners & 4 soft plastic feet sits on 4 soft plastic feet Sits on small treadle base closed, on 4 rubber feet, open, on 2 rubber feet & treadle base ? ?
Treadle size 5.25" x 12" 4" x 12" 5" x 9.75" 3.75" x 9.75" 5" x12.5" 4" x 10.75" 4"x13" for each treadle 14" x 9.5" 4" X 9"
Size of wheel folded (height x width x depth) 25" x 15" x 6" 22" x 19" x 6.75 28.75" x 19" x 7" 21.25" x 14" x 5.25 29.75" x 17.5" x 9.25" 22" x 7.25" x 14" 21" x 15" x 5.5" 14"x16"x7 15" X 10-1/2" X 22-1/2"
Other Notes Optional single or double treadle.
Optional single or double treadle, sealed bearings, and may be purchased as a basic model or complete


Accelerated drive, boilable bobbins, adjustable head Single or double treadle, double drive, accelerated drive, sealed bearings, heal-toe treadle
Double ball bearings on wheel and flyer axels; single ball bearing at footman connection to axle lever
Price $495-$550 $460-$480 $340-$565 $600-620 $290.00 $259.00 $580.00 $725-840 $149.65 $314-$487

* without lazy kate & additional bobbins
** set at 45 degrees
*** conversion to Ashfrod Kiwi
# not a folding wheel, but a very small portable one.



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