Wheel Comparison Table
RPM Comparison Table
The above stats were recorded from the personal wheels of Rebecca Giles. The RPM (rotations per minute) can vary slightly from one wheel to the next. The speeds listed on our wheel pages for each wheel is what we would consider a conservatively rated speed however after the initial break-in in shop and after being fully broken in wheels may see an increase in speed performance. Please use the above information as a general guideline for comparison to help you ballpark your speed from one wheel to another.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I learn more about your manufacturing process?
I (Dave) am the designer and Rebecca and I are the fabricators of Daedalus Spinning Wheels. Each wheel is assembled, quality checked, broken in, and tuned before being shipped. Every part has been adjusted and fitted by hand. Only the highest quality components have been chosen. All questions are welcome via email.
What accessories are currently available?
What custom colors are available?
What will the surface finish be like?
Our finish is textured due to the nature of 3d printing. 3D printed parts are created line by line, layer by layer, over the course of many hours. Because of this, they will have a bit of surface texture as "layer lines” rather than be completely smooth. In addition to the line texture, the tops and bottoms of each 3D printed part have unique textures. The bottom of the part is textured based on the texture of the 3D Printer bed and will vary depending on which printer it was printed on. The top of the part will feature the 3d printed lines of the last layer. The 3D printing process isn't perfect and there may be very small defects in the finish, usually as a very tiny bump here or there. However, any parts that have unusual defects are culled and reprinted.
I've heard that 3D Printed things will melt in your car on a summer day. Is this true?
What is the Warranty?
At this time, our wheels come with a one-year warranty to the original registered purchaser that covers any manufacturer's defects. Damage resulting from accidental drops cannot be covered, but most cases have been simple and cheap to repair.
Where can I learn more?
How stable are Daedalus Wheels?
Are Starling bobbins cross compatible?
V1 and V2 Mini
V1 and V2 XL
Can I take my Daedalus Wheel and Battery on an airplane?
According to TSA regulations as of July 2021, our Battery is okay but must be carried on. It can NOT be taken in checked baggage. The Wheel is okay either way (remember that Magpies can be flat-packed) though we highly recommend carry on for your wheel to ensure safest travel.
When flying with your bird we recommend keeping all cords nice and tidy and ensure that you have everything you need to operate your wheel in one place. Having fiber on the bobbin and fiber ready to spin is also advisable. We have heard sometimes TSA agents may request you to dmonstrate how the machine works so having everything ready to go can expedite the process. Usually questions and demonstrations are due to curiousity rather than concern.
What’s so special about the aluminum brake drums?
How can I buy one?
Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan - August 18th-22nd (no longer attending due to personal reasons)
SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair) in Fletcher, North Carolina - October 22nd-24th
PLY Away in Kansas City, Missouri
Maryland Sheep and Wool in West Friendship, Maryland
SSK (Super Summer Knit Together) in Nashville, Tennessee.
Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan
SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair) in Fletcher, North Carolina
How long does it take to ship after payment?
After an order for a wheel body is received, your trim parts will be placed in a queue to be printed. Once printed the trim will be added to the wheel and it should ship within 10-14 days of purchase. Orders for accessories like bobbin sets etc can take as long as 45 days, but is usually much faster. You are welcome to email me for the most up-to-date information.
Why when I click to buy, am I taken to the Spotted Ewe Fiber's Webstore?
Do you ship internationally?
Help! I don’t know which wheel to pick!?
My wheel is running slower/faster than I remember for this speed
Is there a break-in period?
What sort of maintenance and cleaning is required?
Daedalus Wheels are designed to never need oil or grease of any kind, anywhere. It may be necessary to clean the drive belt if it becomes soiled or darkened, as this can cause a bit of a squeak to develop. Use rubbing alcohol to clean the belt by hand, and clean the pinion pulley by running it without the belt at full speed, and holding an alcohol swab/patch deep into the groove. Repeat until the patch stays clean. Do not feel compelled to clean the drive belt just because it became dark, but only if it develops a squeak.
What is Soft Start/Stop?
This is a programmable delay time built into the speed controller menu, which allows you to adjust the Start Delay and Stop Delays separately, from 0 to 10 seconds. A full bobbin may want to keep spinning and “backlash” some yarn off of the bobbin when you stop. By adjusting the Stop Delay time, you can fine tune how quickly your wheel stops, and eliminate backlash completely.
Can I spin short staple length fibers like cotton and cashmere on a Daedalus?
Yes! Although Sparrow has been optimized for the lightest gauges of 200+ wraps per inch, both Starling V3 and Magpie Standard are capable of both the high speed and light tension that are required for the higher twist needed for these short stapled fibers.
Can I spin long draw on a Daedalus Wheel?
Absolutely! The only caveat would be limiting the rate you feed the yarn in (depending on how much tension you are using) to avoid any ballooning at very high speeds. Otherwise, it is easy to long draw and reverse the feed to equalize twist.
How do I change settings on the Speed Controller?
How easy is it to switch from Scotch to Irish Tension?
It’s as simple as removing the motor drive belt and tension belt, popping off the motor mount, and turning to face rearward. Then reinstall the motor drive belt onto the rear of the bobbin, and the tension system up front onto the flyer.
Video shows how to swap from Scotch to Irish for the Starling V3.
My wheel started making a sound and I don’t know why
Is the motor belt and tension belt properly aligned?
Try swapping the rear flyer axle bearing to the spare one.
Remove motor belt - is sound still there?
Switch motor direction - does sound change?
Do I need to be concerned about the motor overheating?
I noticed the bearing is leaking. Should I be concerned?
A new bearing will “weep” or discharge a small amount of its factory grease charge during initial break in. This is perfectly normal. Clean with a dry q-tip or cloth.
My bobbin is backlashing. How do I fix this?
If you notice that when you wheel stops it spits some yarn out to the side you’ll need to adjust your Soft Stop Delay Time in the controller menu. This extra yarn is sometimes referred to as backlash or pigtails. In order to alleviate this issue you will need to Increase your soft stop time. By increasing the time, you allow the bobbin to come to a gentle and slow stop. The default Soft Stop is shown as “2.030” in the Speed Controller Menu, which represents a 3.0 second delay. Simply increase this value until you are pleased with how the wheel slows down.
Can I charge the battery and use it to power my Daedalus wheel at the same time?
No. You cannot charge the battery and use it at the same time. If you need to charge your battery please either use a different battery or use the power supply that came with your wheel.
Which power supply came with my wheel?
Starling V1 - 15vDC, 2amp
Starling V2 - 15vDC, 2amp
Starling V3 - 15vDC, 5amp
Magpie - 15vDC, 5amp
Sparrow - 15vDC, 2 or 3amp
Daedalus Battery - 18vDC, 2 or 3amp
While using the Daedalus Battery it randomly powers off, why?
If you notice that your battery times out while in use this is due to the wheel not drawing enough power. This happens with the Sparrow if the speed is set too low, and sometimes with the Starling too. To compensate for this, you can use a USB-powered light while your battery is in use or simply charge your phone using the USB port.
If I’m not using my Daedalus Battery how should I store it?
To ensure the longest possible life for your Daedalus Battery, please do not store it fully charged for extended periods of time. The proper storage charge is between 50% and 75%.