Thursday, January 13, 2011
Schacht SideKick! A Sneak Peek
IS THIS CUTE OR WHAT???
The rumors are true! Schacht has been working on a folding wheel for over a year. Finally we got the announcement - the SideKick is due to start shipping in May!
As soon as I have prices I will offer the wheel for pre-sale orders.
Here are some of the Sidekick’s features:
Folds to 21 1/2" x 15" x 8 1/4".
Integrated storage of bobbins, flyer, and whorls for transport.
Lightweight at 13 pounds.
13 3/4" drive wheel allows for ratios from 4.25 to 15.25.
Long, comfortable treadles.
Uses the same bobbins, whorls, and flyer as the Schacht Matchless and Ladybug wheels.
The Sidekick can be purchased without the bobbin-flyer assembly.
25" orifice height for comfortable spinning.
Employs Scotch tension with precise control knob.
The drive wheel spins on ball bearings. The flyer turns on self-aligning bearings.
Drive band tension adjuster allows for all whorls to be used with one drive band.
The Sidekick comes with 3 bobbins, 2 whorls, threading hook, and adjustable carrying strap.
Also available: The Sidekick Bulky Plyer Flyer Package can be added at any time.
This wheel will have all the Schacht features that discriminating spinners have come to expect - solid construction, precision engineering, and good looks to boot!
For comparison, the LadyBug weighs 13.5 pounds too, so this wheel isn't lighter. Its advantage is that it can be packed up into a smaller package. And, unlike the LadyBug, it does not have the option of double drive.