Originally Posted by F-Clef-Jef
I don't see where the ratio has anything to do with the weight (except in a very very tiny micro-ounce sort of way)
I prefer finer tuning ratio also, but I have much more important things to
worry think about.
Also, my Steinberger is 40:1...
I agree, the ratio doesn't necessarily have anything to do weight, but it appears that is a big part of how Hipshot and others have cut the weight. 50% Smaller wheel(larger of two gears that meet), courser ratio of both wheel and worm which means less metal, single screw body. I wonder if the aircraft aluminum is that big a factor in the weight difference at all.
I have a Steinberger too - the linear action of a Steinberger tuner is nice but not everyone wants to deal with a Steiny.
For those interested..
Steinberger pulls/tightens a string .025" per turn.
One turn of a 20:1 tuner with a 3/8" post pulls string .059"
One turn of 27:1 tuner with 3/8 post " " .037.
One turn of 20:1 with 1/2" post pulls string - .078"
" : 27:1 with 1/2" post " " .058"
Math:Post diameter X Pi(3.1416) divided by larger number of ratio. So the coarsest tuner is a 20:1 with a 1/2" post. Buy those lower ratio lightweights with the smaller post for higher/finer ratios.