Machine Guide-Base Winder

Tend bench machines that wind threads around fishing rod blanks.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Machine Guide-Base Winders do?

Tends bench machine that winds thread around specified areas of fishing rod blanks to form base for line guides: Clamps rod end in chuck and adjusts rod supporting fixtures by loosening setscrews and moving fixtures until rod is level. Feeds thread through playout device and needle eye. Turns setscrew to adjust tension on playout device to specified pressure. Slides playout devices along track until needles are adjacent to markings on rod, indicating where base winds start, and tightens setscrew. Pulls length of thread through needle and clamps or tapes end to rod. Depresses lever causing rod to rotate and playout devices to traverse along track as thread is wound around rod. Stops machine and cuts thread as each area is wound to specified length. Cements thread end to rod. Inspects rods to verify that they are wound to specification. Adjusts setup of machine to correct faulty winding.


Should I be a Machine Guide-Base Winder?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Guide-Base Winder, Machine, Machine Guide Base Winder

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    Machine Guide-Base Winder

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