SlikStik Tornado: It Keeps Going, and Going, and Going...
2" x 2" x 2.5" depth
A very fast, smooth spinner that keeps going, and going, and going…
The SlikStik Tornado is already famous for one thing – incredibly long spin times. Give it a little flick, and the thing just keeps on spinning, and spinning, and…well, you get the idea. But does this mean it’s a better spinner? This has actually been the subject of some heated discussions on the BYOAC (Build Your Own Arcade Controls) forums. My take? Longer spin times = less friction = smoother spins. In fact, it spins so easily that it’s sometimes a bit hard to stop it accurately, as merely lifting your fingers off the spinner will sometimes get it spinning again. Tracking is highly accurate, however, and just keeping your fingers on the knob will solve the stopping problem. The smooth spin of the Tornado is very quiet, almost as silent as the Model 3.
Installation of the Tornado is one of the simplest in the group – drill a hole, insert the spinner, screw into place, and put the knob on top. There are no adjustments needed and nothing else to do but plug it in and get playing. The Tornado has a very small installation footprint (2" x 2" x 2.5" deep), which is great for crowded control panels. The shaft is also adjustable on the Tornado if you wish to use it with a metal control panel – you need to loosen the flyweight and locking collar, slide the shaft to where you want it, then tighten the set screws again.