Homemade Fly Tying Drying Wheel?

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#1
Anyone have any simple plans for a drying wheel? Where and what kind of used motor or new motor can I find? Even tho I'm a cheap kinda guy, I like fooling around making stuff on occasion. Thanks Pals!
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#2
Larry, I might have an old electric motor that I bought off of ebay for about ten buks. I bought several of them. One is my drying wheel, I have one for turning rod wraps. I'm pretty sure I've got another. If you can mount it to a support, fit it with a chuck and create your wheel you'd be set. I'll try to look later. Otherwise hit that auction site for an electric motor, lots of options there.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#4
Winter is over man...let me look downstaris and I'll send you a PM so Old Man Jim does not bitch about us boring him.
 
#6
Larry, here's a picture of the wheel I made, including info on the parts. It's classic "redneck engineering," but works well. If the picture doesn't show up, I posted it to the member gallery.

Hope this helps.

Tom

 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#7
Thanks Tom. To others, I'm still looking for little motor sources and setups. More help appreciated. Ed's motor was on it's "last leg".
 
#10
My dad uses a BBQ rotisserie motor that he mounted on some wood.
Turns at a decent rpm.
Can get a pic if anyone want to see it.


knotnot
 

cabezon

Sculpin Enterprises
#11
Deja vu. This is a yearly request; it has been covered in the archives if you wish to see (re-see??) some of the current suggestions again and some others as well, including sources for motors, etc.

Steve
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#12
OK. So I just finished making my own. I didn't get too fancy as I was lazy. I got the motor shipped to me including postage for $15.94. Bought a couple of washers, a bolt or two, and glued three pieces of 1/4" foam together and used a plastic lid cover for the backing. Maybe I should have bought one for $39.95, but it was fun to tinker. The motor turns at 3 RPM.
 

1morecast

Active Member
#13
Looks great and it is fun to tinker. Just an FYI with the wheel mounted over the base make sure you have enough clearence for some monster flies if you tie them. I had my dryer set up like yours worked great untill i tied up some larger salt wter patterns on 2/0 -4/0 hooks. They would hang up on the base while turning. Easy fix just reversed the wheel.
 

Jerry Daschofsky

Moderator
Staff member
#14
My dad uses a BBQ rotisserie motor that he mounted on some wood.
Turns at a decent rpm.
Can get a pic if anyone want to see it.


knotnot
that's what I did. If I can find mine, I'll dig it out. I just mounted my rotisserie to a piece of 2x4 and put a simple piece of foam (hard foam) mounted to the shaft. Works like a charm.
 

Jerry Daschofsky

Moderator
Staff member
#15
Oh, BTW. I think I have about $1 into mine. Bought the motor at a garage sale for a quarter. Took a leftover piece of 2x4 and was given the foam years ago. Pretty easy.