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#127674 - 05/14/10 10:45 AM Re: Ball Spinner / Where to get used / Home Built any good [Re: BowlerBob]
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Nick, one thing to consider is that just because you find the center of the bowl does not mean that the ball is going to spin perfectly. This is because the ball has its internal weights which make the ball unbalanced, thus creating the hook. You will find certain ways the ball sits on the spinner it will spin very true to center, then on other directions it will spin and wobble.
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#145108 - 01/26/11 07:40 PM Re: Ball Spinner / Where to get used / Home Built any good [Re: getting old]
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Building a variable speed one right now...Will let yall know how it comes out when I finish it...

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#145894 - 02/05/11 04:56 PM Re: Ball Spinner / Where to get used / Home Built any good [Re: getting old]
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Got the base modified and everything set up like I want it...Now just need to get a bowl and weatherstripping.

5 Speed Variable from 520rpm to 1960rpm...Got it set on the lowest setting right now but I will try lowest 3 speeds out and give my results and pictures after.

Total investment so far....$15 smile

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#145913 - 02/05/11 07:13 PM Re: Ball Spinner / Where to get used / Home Built any good [Re: Blacklight]
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I bought a bowl from Donkee, Its the bowl they use on their spinner.

http://www.donkee.com/work_station.htm

It has a molded circular indent on the bottom of the bowl which I took a piece of 1/2" plastic and turned it down to fit the hole which perfectly centered the bowl on the shaft.

You cannot add what you call a dimmer to a 120 volt AC motor, it will not work and you will either kill yourself wiring it or start the motor on fire.

The only way you adjust the speed of a motor and it has to be a 3 phase motor, is with a frequency drive.(can be done with a DC motor, but that's a bit more complicated)

I did build mine with a 5 to 1 ratio constant torque 3 phase motor, meaning a 1800 rpm motor can be slowed down to 360 rpm.
I then bought a 240 volt single phase input, 3 phase output frequency drive to control the motor, I have infinite speed adjustment.

I'm a little weird this way, I wanted to prove i could do it, would have cost about 300 bucks with this set-up.
You are way better off buying one, get the 2 speed one if you do.
I have heard of some folks putting a bowl on a adjustable speed drill press, but the lowest spindle speed I found was 650 rpm which is a bit fast for sanding.
Drill presses are cheap on craigslist.
450 rpm for sanding, 650 for polishing
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#159240 - 12/11/11 11:06 AM Re: Ball Spinner / Where to get used / Home Built any good [Re: getting old]
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I am not overly handy so I decided to buy the Vertex 1/2 HP version. I have a ton of older bowling balls that "died" so I can practice on them. I think it'll be money well spent, the few times I've had some bowling balls cleaned up it made a big difference.
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#160209 - 01/04/12 08:37 AM Re: Ball Spinner / Where to get used / Home Built any good [Re: Blacklight]
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Originally Posted By: Blacklight
Got the base modified and everything set up like I want it...Now just need to get a bowl and weatherstripping.

5 Speed Variable from 520rpm to 1960rpm...Got it set on the lowest setting right now but I will try lowest 3 speeds out and give my results and pictures after.

Total investment so far....$15 smile


I don't have the $250+ to spend on those spinners, but I am intrigued by those who can build one for under $100. Is yours still working to this day? Is it heavy, I wonder how much it would cost you to ship one if I bought one from you.
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#160214 - 01/04/12 10:07 AM Re: Ball Spinner / Where to get used / Home Built any good [Re: getting old]
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I was going to do the route of the build your own, but I started thinking about it and just bought an innovative personal spinner.
I ordered it on a wedneday and it was delivered on saturday (new years eve) so in between drinks I practiced resurfacing some older 16lb balls i no longer use. all i can say is wow. the ball track is gone, the tiny nicks and scrapes are gone, i wet sanded from the coarse grit up to 1000 on an old storm trauma, then polished it, and it looks awesome.
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#164054 - 03/03/12 11:55 PM Re: Ball Spinner / Where to get used / Home Built any good [Re: getting old]
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Well I tried it! Bought a 5-speed drill press at Harbor Freight for $65 + tax (free shipping with a coupon code I found online). Add a stainless steel bowl, some pipe insulation, duct tape, and an old nut & bolt I had lying around, and the ball spinner is working perfectly for less than $80. The second lowest speed seems to work best.

Photo here: Ball spinner photo

I guess it remains to be seen how long it'll last. But after resurfacing five balls, it's already paid for itself.

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#166813 - 05/12/12 01:23 AM Re: Ball Spinner / Where to get used / Home Built any good [Re: getting old]
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Here is what I made and use, the cheapest way.
I wish I spend more on a drill, the best way is to use mixer drill cause it has less revs and much more torque.



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#173046 - 11/15/12 10:29 AM Re: Ball Spinner / Where to get used / Home Built any good [Re: getting old]
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Has anyone ever considered breaking down a treadmill to make a ball spinner? I have been thinking that this would work well. The motor should be powerfull enough and with the control panel you can get variable speeds. I have seen them as low as $25 on craigslist. If I see another one this cheap I think I am going to try it.

Any input people would have would be appreciated.
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