I received my Saori WX60 new loom order from Japan this week.You can order the WX60 either broken down , assembly required, or almost completely assembled.( the latter costing twice as much or more in shipping.)
I took photos and timed my self assembling. Simple tools required, a screw driver, wrench, hammer .
ok I got intreupted with a phone call so subtract 7 mins.
The directions were clear the parts numbered to corresponding small stickers.
I was running out of time so when i got to the harness assembly and heddles I saved it for the next day, and put a inside set on that I had ready.
TOTAL ASSEMBLY TIME INCLUDIND A PHONE CALL I needed to take, ABOUT 2 1/2 HOURS.
Next day doing the Harness and heddle assembly
easy method, tie the string threaded in the heddles to the harness bars and slip the heddles right on, smooth.
ok got intruuped , had to talk to our letter carrier, and sign for a parcel, then make a phone call
so the total time is only about 30 mins. for the harness assembly.
side by side comparisom
right the sx60 metal frame loom folded right next to the wx60 . both looms are the same width folded, same height, same length . weight of the new wx60 27.1 lbs weight of the sx60 32.4 lbs. when I picked them both up I could barely discern a weight difference between the two but the wx60 is about 5 lbs lighter..
This is the differnt braking system. If you have woven on the non folding saori 60 looms this is the same braking system that is on those looms. It is a friction brake and I truly love it. no cables to fuss with. I found that I needed to release the tension at the cloth beam before I touched the foot pedal to advance with out releasing too much warp, but I have woven on it 5 mins at the most. This may change.
the total assembly time is about 3 hours give or take a bit. not bad at all it was kind of fun!
The WX60 is really a lovey all wood folding loom with the excellent quality and options that that are compatabile with unique accessories only found with Saori looms.
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