Your Rotablade Performance Guide

The Rotablade Range of Spinners are designed very differently and will differ in experience and performance. This guide will help you understand what your Rotablade should perform like and how to keep it at its best. The design details are listed below but there are also many other factors that will affect spin times and feel.

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Temperature – As materials expand differently with temperature the compression on the bearing will change and spin time can be affected.

Environment – Dust particles, different chemical composition in the atmosphere all can affect the bearing. Dust being the worst one will over time reduce performance of the bearing. This can be resolved with cleaning.

Storage – How you store your Rotablade will affect performance if you keep in your pocket lint and dust will easily gather in the bearing.

Gyroscopic effect and weight shift –  There is intended play in the bearings and gaps between grips and body. This is part of the design and critical to achieving lowest friction possible. As you move the Rotablade even slightly the gyroscopic effect will cause vibration and affect spin times. This is perfectly normal.

Position – Vertical position is best for spin times, horizontal spins will not perform as well due to side load and increased friction.

 

Technique – Each user will spin differently which will have the most effect on length of spin and smoothness. Technique needs to be developed, strength and conditioning all will improve results. Please note if you spin not entirely in the same plane the Rotablade will display vibration as you are imparting additional side load.

Maintenance – Most important to maintaining the best performance is to clean your spinner on a regular basis, please follow the guides provided in your delivery and on this website.

Storage – When not in use please store your Rotablade in a safe place and covered so it does not gather dust and dirt.

Damage – Impacts and any form of damage can effect your spinners performance please take care of your Rotablade’s as they are precision items.

Rotablade Stubby

Performance information for the Rotablade Stubby

The Rotablade Stubby is a highly engineered, accurate machined and balanced spinner. The bearing is set to 0.1mm flatness tolerance and the body machined to greater tolerances. These are critical to performing a smooth long spin that appears to never slow down. This can easily be affected by damage or dropping so take care with your Stubby to keep it performing to its best. We recommend cleaning and maintaining your Stubby once per week minimum and storing in a protective case. Please follow cleaning instructions here

The bearing itself has some play in it to facilitate maximum spin performance. You will see this as some wobble when you flex the body of the spinner up and down while it is stationary. This is perfectly normal and an intentional part of the design to reduce friction. In addition to that, on a two arm Spinner such as the original Stubby you will always feel a certain bearing feedback/lash/wobble when moving it while spinning.  This is an inherent quality of the physics involved called the gyroscopic effect or resistance to the shift in planes.  This is lessened considerably in designs with 3 or more arms due to the more even weight distribution.  However, it is a feature of all two arm spinners.

When held still balanced on one finger you should not feel a wobble.

Rotablade

Performance information for the original Rotablade

The original Rotablade Spinning Every Day Carry Tool is made from a water jet complicated shape with a wider manufacturing tolerance and therefore may display slight imperfections in spin. The shapes more complicated and size much larger than the stubby. It is not intended to be a performance spinner but a multi purpose everyday carry spinner which gives a mesmerising spin and a varying choice of spin positions. Offering unique shape and functionality.

The bearing itself has some play in it to facilitate maximum spin performance. You will see this as some wobble when you flex the body of the spinner up and down while it is stationary. This is perfectly normal and an intentional part of the design to reduce friction. In addition to that, on a two arm Spinner such as the original Stubby you will always feel a certain bearing feedback/lash/wobble when moving it while spinning.  This is an inherent quality of the physics involved called the gyroscopic effect or resistance to the shift in planes.  This is lessened considerably in designs with 3 or more arms due to the more even weight distribution.  However, it is a feature of all two arm spinners.

With all the above information followed you can achieve great results. Already people have clocked up over 9 min two handed spins with the Stubby, 7 min single handed spins with the stubby and the Rotablade has hit 5 min spin times. All these can be seen on the facebook group.