What Are Spinner Knobs and How Do They Work?

Spinner knob by Monroe

Industrial knobs come in a variety of styles, one of which is spinner. Spinner knobs aren’t ordinarily T-shaped handles. Rather, they feature a unique design that allows them to spin during use. When shopping for industrial knobs to use in your business’s workplace, you may want to choose spinner knobs. What are spinner knobs, and how do they work exactly?

Spinner Knobs Explained

Spinner knobs are ball-shaped knobs that are designed to spin. You can use them for torque adjustment applications. Machines and equipment often require a turning action to control. With a spinner knob, you can easily make these adjustments.

There are different types of spinner knobs, but they all feature a ball-shaped knob. Once installed, you can turn them. Turning a spinner knob will engage the machine or equipment to which it’s connected.

Benefits of using spinner knobs include:

  • Easy to install (as well as remove)
  • Ambidextrous operation
  • Available in strong, corrosion-resistant materials
  • Long-lasting

How Spinner Knobs Work

You can connect spinner knobs to machines and equipment via a threaded rod. As shown in the photo above, they have a built-in threaded rod. The threaded rod will accommodate a threaded hole in a machine or piece or equipment.

Turning a spinner knob, of course, will engage the machine or equipment to which it’s connected. You can make adjustments to the machine or equipment by turning the spinner knob.

What to Look for When Choosing Spinner Knobs

You should look for an ergonomic grip when choosing spinner knobs. Like all industrial knobs and handles, spinner knobs are manually operated. You’ll have to grip and turn them to use them. While some of them have a smooth surface that’s difficult to grip, others have a more ergonomic textured surface. A textured surface will prevent your hand from slipping when using the spinner knobs.

All spinner knobs have a cap. The cap is the ball-shaped covering that you grip. Caps are available in different colors. You can find them in standard colors like gray, and you can find them in bold colors like red and yellow.

Don’t forget to consider the size when choosing spinner knobs. All spinner knobs may feature a similar design consisting of a ball-shaped knob with a cap, but they are available in different sizes. You’ll need to choose a size that matches the application for which you intend to use it.

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