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Old 01-18-2013, 04:33 PM   #12
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I asked my girlfriend if she could remember the manufacturer of the winder she just junked and she couldn't, but she DID suggest that wooden models usually have better gears (less prone to breakage) and that that was what was wrong with hers. She also mentioned checking the spokes on the swift to be sure they were solid, but you hadn't said anything about getting one of those.

If this is a one-off and you don't figure to need the winder again then you can probably go with whatever the cheapest model is you can find. If you're planning on using it a lot over the long term, it's probably worth spending extra to get one with brass gears. (Easy for me to say -- it's not my money and I don't have the foggiest idea how much such a thing would cost. But my guess is "more".)
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