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« on: March 02, 2007 09:52:44 PM »

OK, I've had my lovely Fricke 160-F (the folding single treadle) for a few weeks now.  I've been spinning up some wool blends and merino.  When spinning (which I do clock-wise), I've had no troubles at all - everything is smooth and lovely.

But, when I go to ply (counterclockwise), the problems set in.  My treadling is a little rough (but I'm practicing), but the big problem is that the drive band keeps jumping out of its groove in the pulley.  I've been doing it on some of the larger gears (smaller ratios), so I think the drive band is taut enough. 

Has anyone else had this problem?  Does anybody have any advice?

« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2007 07:40:06 PM »

I had the problem with spinning, not with plying. It was solved by lubricating the metal parts of the wheel with the oil provided.

Has it been awhile since you've oiled up?


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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2007 10:03:00 PM »

I haven't had the wheel that long, and I oiled it at the beginning, but it probably could use another dose.  I'll try that and see if it works.  Thanks!

« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2007 05:49:22 AM »

I just had this problem!  Oiling helped a little bit, but what it really turned out to be was misalignment of the wheel.  I took it on a long car trip at Christmas and it got bumped around enough that the wheel and the flyer weren't really lined up correctly anymore.  My husband adjusted/tightened it up, and now it works much better.
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