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    Default What is a good rpm speed to furl?

    I can purchase small reversible motors of differing speeds. What speed in rpm is a good speed for furling?

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    My motor runs at 6000rpm. I think Jack Hise furls a little faster than that. It really is up to the individual and what he/she can handle.

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    i follow the Kathy Scott rule: about a 10% reduction in length when furling each leg. This makes the rpm factor less relevant. I've even seen some use a hand drill mounted with a cup hook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fritz View Post
    i follow the Kathy Scott rule: about a 10% reduction in length when furling each leg. This makes the rpm factor less relevant. I've even seen some use a hand drill mounted with a cup hook.
    Agreed, but the original question was about motor speed, not percent of reduction. Jack uses a Dremel with a cup hook and does a 10%reduction, one leg at a time. My machine furls both legs at once and my reduction is somewhere in the 12% range. I have tried more reduction, but the leaders are just too stiff and unruly. The bottom line is make a few, give them a test and decide if what you made will work for you. If not change something and try again until you make something that works for YOU!

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    Thank you Kaboom. exackery what I wanted to know.

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    Mike here from Streamside Furled Leaders Here.
    I make about 8,000 leaders / tenkara lines a year.
    My motor runs at 20,000 rpm but has a variable speed control like the pedal on a sewing machine. I don't think I have ever had it over 5,000-6,000 rpm while furling. I have had it almost wide open when re-spooling bobbins. The furler that Michael Hackney made for me has a gear ratio of 1 to 1. I like the added control it gives me.

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