Made from carbon fiber and 3D printed ABS plastic, the Sparrow is a light Scotch or Irish tensioned electric spinning wheel that is optimized for finer weights and higher speeds. Capable of over 2,000 rpm, yet Sparrow is just as comfortable walking and jogging from 300-900 rpm. Swap from Scotch to Irish quickly, when your project needs the extra take up that Irish offers... or use Scotch to keep tension low for the finest yarns. Its petite size is perfect for travel.
Our design aspects are focused around low noise, high performance, light action, and smart ergonomics. The bobbin can be changed very quickly without removing the flyer or drive band because of the pivoting maiden. Take up can be very light because of features like aerodynamic coupling – the flyer channels air into the bobbin to help keep it better synchronized to the flyer. This makes Sparrow capable of high speed, light take up jobs like 200-300 wraps per inch achievable. As of July 2021, bobbins are now outfitted with aluminum brake drums as standard equipment, so you never need to worry about overheating or wearing out your tension system.
As is our standard, each and every component of this wheel was chosen for its quiet operation and endurance. Wear components, including the motor and maiden bearing, are designed to be user-replaceable. Features common to all Daedalus wheels include a hardened tool-steel axle, precision bearings, and a high-quality, ball-bearing, whisper-quiet motor.
DIGITAL SPEED CONTROLLER
THE MOST ADVANCED SPEED CONTROL ON THE MARKET
As with all Daedalus e-spinner models, the Sparrow is compatible for use with both the Daedalus Speed Controller and the Magpie Speed Controller. The only difference between the two controllers is the housing. You can adjust the speed at 1% increments as well as program custom slow-start and slow-stop delay times, for fine-tuning that high-speed project with gentle startup and zero-backlash stops. The Sparrow is offered for purchase without the Speed Controller, in case you already own one of our e-spinners. If you do not have one, you must purchase the Speed Controller (available separately from the wheel itself. Please see prices, below).
*Sparrow (without the speed controller) - $500
Speed Controller (required to operate) - $125
Sparrow Bobbin 3 pack (black only) - $90
*Sparrow price includes 3 all-black bobbins.
What’s Included with Sparrow
3 bobbins with aluminum brake drums
Spares Kit (1 rear bearing, 1 rubber grommet, 1 cinch, 1 spring, and rat tail tension cord)
15V DC Power Supply
*Speed Controller is required but must be purchased separately if you do not already have one for a Daedalus E-Spinner. Speed Controllers are $125.
Materials: Carbon Fiber and 3D printed ABS plastic
Dimension: 8" L x 6" W x 7" H (20x15x18 cm)
Weight: 1.5 lbs (650g)
Tension: Scotch or Irish
Bobbin: 5+ oz Capacity of 30 WPI singles
Speed: 240-2,040 RPM (Rotations Per Minute)
Power Requirements: 15V
Speed Controller: Uses either the Daedalus Speed Controller or Magpie Speed Controller.
The above stats were recorded from Rebecca Giles's Sparrow, Una with a Aluminum Drum bobbin. The RPM (rotations per minute) can vary slightly from one wheel to the next, so please use this as a general guideline.
HOW TO PURCHASE
Sparrows are sold in ready-made batches approximately every eight weeks, in a shop update format. This is the only wheel we sell in this fashion. Due to extremely high demand a queue is not possible, as it would bog down production of the other models as well.
We highly recommend familiarizing yourself with our shop. The Sparrows will appear under a listing that will only be available on the Sparrow collection page. To access this page, simply click this link.
You'll want to ensure that you add any additional items you'd like to purchase to your cart before the shop update. This could include things like a Speed Controller, which is required to operate our wheels. If you already have one of our wheels, you don't need to purchase another controller. You can also add a battery pack and an extra packs of bobbins.
For the fastest checkout, you'll want to ensure that you are logged into your PayPal account in advance on the device you’ll be using, so you'll be all ready to go. Anything you can do or prepare in advance to help you get through checkout as quickly as possible will improve your chances of scoring a wheel.
Sparrows are in high demand so they do sell quickly, but we encourage everyone who would like a Sparrow to try to buy one, and if you don't succeed in this batch, don't worry! There will be another batch soon.