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The Motorized Rotating Christmas Tree Stand

This rotating platform, designed to fit the base of an artificial tree, rotates 3 times per hour and brings power to the tree through a slip ring. Made from wood, 3D printed gears and motor mounts, a gear motor and skate bearings.

Jeremy Elson, December 2018


A timelapse of our tree, sped up 60x

Why bother decorating an entire tree if people can only see one side of it? The Motorized Rotating Christmas Tree Stand is a ridiculously over-engineered solution to this non-problem. It’s a platform for our artificial tree that rotates very slowly—about three times per hour. It rotates slowly enough that you can’t really see it moving unless you stare at it intently, but every time you look at the tree, there are a different set of ornaments visible.

This was a pretty fun project for me because it was the first time I’d ever built something mechanical. I didn’t really know much what I was doing, so I got a lot of help from my more mechanically-inclined friends, Jon and JD.

The tree sits on a 1/2” thick circular plywood platform. It’s 2’ in diameter, chosen to match the footprint of our artificial tree’s base. The rotating disk sits on a base which is an identically sized plywood disk. The two disks are separated by 5x1.5” casters mounted around the perimeter of the base.

There’s a slip ring in the center of the top disk—that’s a device that can transmit electrical power into something that rotates without any wires getting tangled. It allows us to bring wall power up to the tree for all its lights.

One tricky part of the design was how to keep the top disk centered above the base while it’s rotating. Typically one would just drill a couple of holes in the disks’ centers and put an axle through them. The slip ring makes this more complicated since it needs to be at the axis of rotation, and virtually none of the slip rings I found (for under $100, anyway) were hollow. Jon suggested an alternative approach: a flange mounted to the top disk that mates with skate bearings mounted to the bottom disk. This ended up working perfectly.

The rotating top platform is powered by a small gearmotor, which is a DC motor with a set of gears built in to give it higher torque and lower speed. The motor is mounted to the base with a custom, 3D-printed bracket. A 3D-printed cog mates with the motor’s drive shaft and a ring gear attached to the bottom of the rotating part of the platform.

Cutting the wood

The first step was getting two wood disks the right size. Our tree’s base is about 22” wide, so I appealed to my friend JD to cut me two wood disks 24” in diameter. He has a home wood shop and did a fantastic job cutting the disks precisely. He has a multipurpose tool called a Shopsmith that can rotate the work piece around a point. This made a near-perfect circle while conveniently also leaving a little divot showing its exact center.

JD cutting the wood on his Shopsmith

My original plan was for the platform to be belt-driven, using a “drive disk” attached to the bottom of the tree platform. After a lot of research on belts, which I’d never used before, I decided on “2L”-sized V-belts. I also asked JD to cut me a second disk, 12” in diameter, with a groove in it of the right size to fit a 2L belt. JD used his router to cut a groove that fit the belt perfectly.

Routing the groove for the belt

JD's routing skills are top-notch! (Or should I say top-groove?)

The belt sitting on the pulley I bought at McMaster-Carr. Even though it's meant for 2L belts it seemed like JD's routed groove fit better.

Unfortunately, 2L belts ended up being a bad choice for several reasons. One is that the when the platform was under load, the belt kept slipping on the little pulley once I added load to the platform; a 3L belt might have made better contact and would have worked. 2L was also a bad choice because there just aren’t that many 2L-sized belts and belt accessories sold, making it hard to find exactly what I wanted online. The next size up, 3L, has a much better selection, and in retrospect that would have been a better choice.

Assembling the Top Platform

At the core of the top platform was a slip ring, which is a device that lets you create an electrical connection into something that rotates. Ideally, I wanted a hollow slip ring, allowing me to put an axle through the center to keep the top and bottom platforms aligned.

Unfortunately, at the time, the only hollow slip rings I could find were quite expensive. The only one I could find for under $100 was a pretty cheesy one; when it arrived from China via AliExpress, I realized the wires were only 22AWG. Although the manufacturer claimed it was rated for 120VAC at up to 20 amps, I really didn’t want to burn my house down. Instead, I went for a pretty heavy duty slip ring I found on Amazon. It’s meant for building windmills, I think, and is rated for 30 amps at 600 volts. Much better!

The hollow slip ring would have let me use an axle, which would have been easy. But when Jon saw this he said, "I am not letting you put that in your home. "

The beefier slip ring would be less likely to burn my house down, but it wasn't hollow. How do we keep the two disks centered as they rotate?

I went to Jon’s wood shop and he helped me to drill a centered hole in both the top platform and the grooved drive disk that would accept the drive belt. The hole was sized to fit the slip ring I’d picked out, and we attached the top platform to the drive disk with wood screws.

Drilling a hole for the slip ring through the drive disk and top platform

The top platform with the drive disk and slip ring both attached

A non-hollow slip ring presented a problem: how do we keep the two disks centered on top of each other? Jon came to the rescue with an excellent suggestion: a third disk with a flange. Originally we were going to have that flange mate with casters mounted horizontally, but that seemed complicated; later, we realized we could probably just use skate bearings mounted on bolts with some nylon spacers.

At this point, I’d never really used a 3D printer for anything. Jon had experience with FreeCAD and modeled the flange before we started the woodworking. By the time we were done drilling holes, I was holding the flange in my hand!

The 3D model of the flange made in FreeCAD

Printing in progress.

Printing finished in just a couple of hours!

The flange fit perfectly over the slip ring.

The bottom platform was easy. All it needed was some feet on the bottom so it wouldn’t scratch up the floor, and some casters on the top to let the top platform rotate on top of it. I found some 1.5 inch casters on Amazon. We drilled 3 holes for the bearings to be mounted.

That first time I put the top platform onto the bottom and felt the flange settle into place, mating with the bearings, was pure magic. Jon did an amazing job on the 3D model. There was maybe 1/16” of play laterally on the platform.

The bottom platform with 5 1.5" casters to support the weight of the tree and 3 skate bearings to mate with the flange and prevent lateral movement of the upper platform.

A closeup of the bearings. Each is on a 5/16" bolt and supported by nylon spacers. It took a lot of trips to the hardware store to get this right.

Seeing the top and bottom mate for the first time was so great!

The top and bottom platforms mated, seen from above.

Motor Mounts, Versions 1 and 2

The next step—and, at the time, what I thought would be the final step—was to mount the motor to the bottom platform. I designed a motor mount using my new FreeCAD skills I’d learned from Jon. The mount had four counterbored holes for attaching to the motor with bolts; the motor had four threaded through-holes built in. The mount also had two additional holes for attaching it to the bottom platform. One hole was actually a slot so that I’d be able to tighten the belt after installation, using the other hole as a pivot.

Motor mount v1 printing at my work's makerspace

Mount v1 done!

I took the motor mount home, drilled a couple of mounting holes in the base, and after a bunch of tinkering was finally rewarded with this amazing view: the platform rotating under its own power for the first time!

The platform finally rotating! Unfortunately, it only rotated if there was nothing on it. ...

My excitement was short-lived. When I placed any weight on the platform, the motor immediately stalled. Nooooooo!

I’d bought a pretty wide selection of little motors, hoping at least one would work. I had another motor that had a much higher gear ratio, but its form factor was completely different, so I had to design a new mount from scratch.

Motor mount v2 for a different gear motor with a much higher gear ratio.

This motor worked better; it didn’t stall, at least. But when I applied any significant weight to the platform, the V-belt started slipping around that little pulley. I just couldn’t tension the belt enough to make it work.

Starting from Scratch with Gears

By that point, it was already the day before Christmas (2017) and I was feeling pretty defeated. I put the project away for several months, frustrated that I hadn’t been able to get it to work right. In the spring, I was ready to pick it up again, and Jon once again came to my rescue. At first, we thought about a little idler pulley to try and tension the belt from the center, but that seemed tricky.

Finally, he suggested that a nice big 3D-printed gear ring might be a better design; there’d be no opportunity for the belt to slip. Making gears out of plastic is usually not the best idea, but in this case we thought we might get away with it. Everything was going to run at low speed, so there wasn’t much chance of anything melting. Plus, making the teeth huge would both ensure generous tolerances for the teeth to mate as well as providing a huge amount of plastic to increase the strength.

The first prototype gear ring segment and mating cog. FreeCAD has a module that generates involute gears automatically, so the design didn't take too long.

After the first prototype seemed to work, it was time to print more!

My 3D printer's bed wasn't big enough to print the entire gear ring, so Jon had a clever idea of cutting the ring into quarters and designing the ends to be interlocking.

All four gear segments carefully positioned at a constant distance from the now-defunct drive disk and screwed into the upper platform.

I printed a special version of the cog with a big enough hole that it would spin freely on the motor's shaft. I used this to test that everything fit and mated properly.

The gears looked great, but I wasn’t too happy with the motor mount. The entire cog might need to move forward and backward to mate properly with the gears, unlike the mount for the old belt system where it was fine to simply move the mount further away from the center in order to tighten it. I created a third motor mount, this one with a slide on each side. I also made it bigger, so it would mate with all four mounting screws on the motor.

At long last I was able to put a significant weight on the platform … and it turned!! It’s hard to overstate just how exciting this was. Here’s a timelapse of the first morning the whole thing worked, in which I now must also admit what I was using as a tree mass simulator: myself.

The platform successfully rotating a significant mass! Time lapse sped up 30x.

Final electrical connections

The hard part was now done; all that was left was to make some final electrical connections. The slip ring just had bare wires coming out of it. I converted this into a standard North American power plug using a 6-foot extension cord. I cut the cord in half, spliced the socket half onto the top of the stand, and the plug portion onto the bottom half of the stand. That made it easy to simply plug the stand in to the wall, then plug the tree into the socket on the platform.

The DC gearmotor was powered separately, using a 5 volt wall wart plugged into the wall.

After this, it was all done. Liesl decorated our tree with gusto, plugged it in, added a skirt, and… voila!

All finished! Time lapse sped up 30x.

There are lots of ways to make a system like this work. The one I chose worked, but there are plenty of alternatives. Here are a few:

  • A hollow slip ring. Spending a little more money on a hollow slip ring would have made it possible to use an axle instead of 3D printing a custom flange and using skate bearings.

  • Rotating back and forth. Since the tree rotates so slowly, and the goal is just to ensure different parts of the tree are visible at different times, it probably would have been fine to have it rotate once clockwise, then reverse. This would obviate the need for a slip ring at all and make it even easier to use an axle.

  • A bigger belt. If I’d used a larger belt, such as a 3L or 4L, the original belt-driven design might have worked.

  • Just buy the thing. There are rotating stands you can buy, but I wanted to learn how to build mechanical things!

I certainly learned a lot, and by the end I owned my own 3D printer. I leave you with the image below: the graveyard of discarded plastic pieces that didn’t quite work. Good thing PLA is cheap!

The plastic graveyard.

Do-It-Yourself Resources

Mini-Stand

The easiest way to get a similar stand is to just print one! Two years after the full-sized stand described here, I made a mini-stand that can be completely 3D-printed!

Full-Sized Stand

If you want to try to reproduce the full-sized stand, here are some rough instructions and links to the 3D printable parts. Be warned that I’ve only built a single platform, and it was built incrementally as I found what worked and what didn’t. The instructions below may not work; they haven’t been tested because they skip over some of the dead ends in my original design!

Top (Rotating) Platform
  • Cut two plywood disks with 2’ diameter. The top one is the rotating platform, the bottom one is the stationary platform.

  • Buy this slip ring or one of the many clones on Amazon/eBay/AliExpress. Drill a hole in the center of the top (rotating) platform. Insert the slip ring through the hole with the screw heads on the bottom surface. Attach with wood screws.

  • Print the centering flange. Fit it over the slip ring and use 3 more screws to attach it to the bottom surface of the rotating platform.

  • Print 4 copies of the ring gear. It’s split into interlocking quarters to fit the print area of my Prusa I3 MK3. Print it with supports due to the overhang. Attach all four to each other and to the bottom surface of the top platform using #8 wood screws. Take care to keep the ring centered with respect to the flange.

Bottom (Stationary) Platform
  • Attach 1.5” casters around the top perimeter of the bottom platform, wheels up, to bear the weight of the rotating platform.

  • The centering flange will mate with 3 skate bearings on the bottom platform. Use standard 608ZZ skate bearings and a 5/16” bolt as each bearing’s axle. Drill 3 holes in the bottom platform in a radial pattern using a printout of this SVG as a drill guide. Insert each bolt through from the bottom. Add a nylon spacer (or a lot of washers) to raise the bearing to a height where it mates securely with the centering flange. Then add the bearing, and finally a nut to keep everything in place.

  • Drill a 2” hole through the center of the bottom platform for the slip ring’s wires to emerge out the bottom of the entire assembly and onto the floor.

  • Test the position of the holes by placing the rotating platform on the bottom platform, resting on the casters. The centering flange should mate with the skate bearings and should not touch the bottom platform.

  • Buy one of these uxcell gear motors. Uxcell sells about 15 variations of that gearmotor with identical form factor, but different gear ratios and voltages; buy any one you like, depending on how fast you want the platform to rotate. The 0.5 RPM motor variant ends up rotating the entire platform about 3 times per hour. Solder wires onto the motor and attach it to a power supply or PWM motor controller such as this one.

  • Print the motor mount and the cog. Attach the cog to the motor axle using a small set screw and the motor to the motor mount using 4xM3 machine screws.

  • Place the motor mount on the bottom platform such that it engages with the ring gear from the top platform. Remove the top platform, and, without moving the motor mount, mark the center point of the two side rails of the motor mount. Remove the motor mount and drill two holes for a 10-32 bolt.

  • Buy a few 2” high furniture feet (e.g. something like this) and attach to the bottom side of the bottom platform in a radial pattern that does not interfere with the motor.

  • Attach the motor to the bottom platform with the bolt heads at the top and threads emerging through the bottom and secure with butterfly nuts. The slides in the motor mount allow you to attach the motor to the bottom platform in the “retracted” position, put the top platform on, push the motor forward until it engages, then tighten the butterfly nuts with your fingers from below.

  • Turn on the motor controller, hopefully everything works!

If you try to build one based on these instructions, please contact me! I’d love to know if it works!

The Best Rotating Christmas Tree Stands of 2022

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Many holiday decorators try to expand the “wow” factor of their festive displays from one year to the next. If you’re one of these enthusiastic revelers, it might be time to amp up your decorating scheme with the best rotating Christmas tree stand for your indoor exhibition of yuletide cheer.

Ahead, discover ideas and options for revolving tree stands that accommodate either live or artificial trees in large or small sizes. Some of them even play music as they rotate, and one model offers the convenience of remote control operation. Read on to learn more.

  1. BEST OVERALL: Best Choice Products 360-Degree Rotating Stand
  2. BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: Puleo International Rotating Tree Stand
  3. UPGRADE PICK: Elf Logic – Rotating Christmas Tree Stand
  4. BEST FOR LARGE TREES: Home Accents Gold Metal Rotating Tree Stand
  5. BEST FOR SMALL TREES: Christmas 8. 0″ Rotating Christmas Tree Stand
  6. BEST FOR A LOT OF LIGHTS: Vickerman 24-Inch Electric Rotating Tree Stand

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What to Consider When Choosing the Best Rotating Christmas Tree Stands

Before purchasing a rotating Christmas tree stand, consider several factors. First, determine whether the stand will support a live tree or an artificial tree in a large or small size as well as whether a plastic or metal stand is best suited for the tree. Once those decisions are made, it’s fun to choose additional features for the revolving Christmas tree stand, such as music-playing capacity, remote control, and electrical receptacles for ornamental tree lights.

Material

Rotating Christmas tree stands are generally constructed of either metal or plastic, and in most cases, metal is seen as a more durable material than plastic. If a large, heavy tree is to be displayed, a heavy-duty Christmas tree stand made of metal may be a wise choice.

For users who plan to celebrate the season with live trees, it’s important to select a revolving tree stand that is specially designed to accommodate the trunk of a live tree and that also provides a water reservoir. When displaying a live tree, a metal stand may be the wise choice, but there are many well-made, plastic revolving tree stands on the market that hold either live or artificial trees.

Tree Size

Before selecting the most suitable rotating Christmas tree stand, shoppers should consider the size of the tree they intend to display. Product descriptions include information about the maximum height and weight of trees that each Christmas tree stand will support. Be aware that the calculated weight of the tree includes all the ornaments and decorations that adorn it. In addition to weight, it’s important to observe height limitations to ensure that the Christmas tree stand can safely support the tree.

In addition, consider the diameter of the tree trunk before purchasing an appropriate Christmas tree stand. Artificial trees have center poles that measure approximately 1 inch to 1.5 inches in diameter. On the other hand, live tree trunks may be around 5 inches in diameter. Check out the center opening of a rotating Christmas tree stand before purchasing it to ensure it will accommodate the tree of choice.

Ease of Use and Settings

Some revolving tree stands require minimal setup, and many are ready to use straight out of the box. If setup is required, it usually takes only a couple of minutes and a screwdriver. Once it’s set up, the stand is ready to plug in and operate.

Many rotating Christmas tree stands offer versatile operating modes at the touch of a switch, including “on,” “off,” “rotation with lights,” “rotation with music,” and “rotation only.” For ultimate convenience, a few revolving tree stands operate via remote control. On some revolving stands, the operational switches are located directly on the stand. Other models provide toggle switches on the electrical cords. The second option offers greater convenience, as a simple push of the toggle switch with a toe operates the revolving tree stand, and users can avoid bending over and reaching under the tree.

Most rotating Christmas tree stands feature electrical outlets for the tree lights. With these receptacles at the base of the tree, users eliminate the hassle of multiple entangled cords snaking across the floor.

Tips for Using Rotating Christmas Tree Stands

As with all Christmas decorations, safety is a priority when selecting and using a rotating Christmas tree stand. Shoppers can ensure safe and satisfactory performance by choosing an appropriate revolving tree stand to suit the type, height, and weight of their tree. Select the right type of stand for artificial or live trees and avoid exceeding the height and weight limitations stated by the manufacturer.

  • Use indoors only
  • Place on a stable and even surface
  • Place decorations evenly all around the tree
  • Use two tree skirts to cover the tree stand fully
  • Observe electrical capacity limitations when connecting tree lights to the revolving stand
  • Most effective when placed where the tree can be viewed from all sides
  • May not be a wise option for homes with toddlers or small children

Our Top Picks

The rotating Christmas tree stands on our list of top picks include viable options from reputable brands. Selections for live and artificial trees in a variety of sizes made the list, and the choices include revolving tree stands that play cheerful holiday music as they turn. Read on to discover the best rotating Christmas tree stand for your holiday celebration.

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Show off your holiday spirit with this Christmas tree stand that rotates 360 degrees and offers ample electrical outlets for multiple strands of lights.

This rotating Christmas tree stand from Best Choice Products claims a 26-inch footprint and stands 7.5 inches tall. When in operation, the stand rotates continuously, making a full 360-degree revolution every 70 seconds. The tree stand has three easy-to-operate settings, so users may choose to operate with lights and rotation, with lights only, or to shut off both lights and rotation.

Constructed from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic, the stand provides a durable base for artificial trees up to 7.5 feet tall and 80 pounds (with decorations). Three built-in, two-pronged electrical outlets offer ample capacity for plugging in Christmas lights without entangling multiple cords. This rotating stand is also available at Amazon.

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 26 inches long by 26 inches wide by 7.5 inches tall
  • Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Tree-Support Capacity: Artificial tree up to 7.5 feet tall and 80 pounds

Pros

  • 360-degree rotation
  • Three built-in, two-pronged electrical outlets for lights
  • Sturdy construction

Cons

  • Does not accommodate live trees
  • Does not play music

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Available at an economical price, this rotating tree stand features a reverse-direction function.

Puleo International is known for its beautiful Christmas trees and wreaths for all seasons. This rotating Christmas tree stand is available at a budget-friendly price, and it highlights the beauty of a glimmering artificial tree by showing it from all sides.

The stand operates at one rotational speed, and users can reverse the direction by turning the tree slightly in the opposite direction. A toggle switch on the electrical cord lies flat on the floor, allowing users to modulate from “on” to “off” with a gentle press of the toe. This feature eliminates the need to bend over and reach under the tree. For safety, the Puleo International tree stand is both flame-retardant and nonallergenic.

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 26 inches long by 26 inches wide by 7.5 inches tall
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Tree-Support Capacity: 7- to 7.5-foot-tall artificial tree

Pros

  • Reverse-direction function
  • Built-in electrical outlet for lights
  • Flame retardant
  • Nonallergenic

Cons

  • Does not play music
  • Does not accommodate live trees

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Relax on the sofa and use the remote control to operate this rotating Christmas tree stand.

Many people who love the appearance and fragrance of live Christmas trees find that they must sacrifice their preferred option in order to get revolving motion because rotating stands are generally designed for artificial trees. This model from Elf Logic is the exception, as it’s designed and constructed specifically for live Christmas trees.

With its heavy-duty metal construction, this stand expands to hold a tree with a diameter up to 5.5 inches. Live trees up to 7.5 feet tall and 100 pounds when fully adorned will fit securely in this stand. To keep a live tree fresh, the stand includes a built-in water receptacle.

A cord for decorative lights plugs directly into the built-in outlet on the stand, eliminating the hassle and mess of tangled cords. For top-of-the-line convenience, the Elf Logic rotating stand offers a remote control, so users can operate the lights and rotation from the comfort of a favorite chair or sofa.

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 17. 5 inches long by 17.5 inches wide by 10.3 inches tall
  • Weight: 18.16 pounds
  • Tree-Support Capacity: Live tree, up to 5.5 inches in diameter, 7.5 feet tall, 100 pounds

Pros

  • Operates with a remote control
  • Strong and durable
  • Accommodates live trees

Cons

  • Artificial trees do not fit
  • Heavy weight
  • Does not play music

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Fill the room with holiday joy when a Christmas tree up to 9 feet tall revolves on this rotating tree stand.

Most rotating Christmas tree stands accommodate trees up to 7.5 feet tall. But for revelers who like to go big with their decorations, this heavy-duty metal Christmas tree stand fills the bill. It’s designed to hold artificial trees up to 9 feet tall and weighing up to 120 pounds with decorations. Additionally, its gold metallic finish exudes a festive, seasonal vibe.

The easy initial setup procedure requires only a screwdriver. A built-in power switch facilitates the user’s choice of either clockwise or counterclockwise rotation. Two built-in electrical sockets provide ample power for lights. Home Accents recommends that users should not exceed 8 amps and 960 watts total combined load for the two power receptacles.

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 26 inches in diameter by 12 inches tall
  • Trunk Diameter Capacity: Accommodates 1-inch to 1.5-inch artificial tree trunk diameter
  • Tree-Support Capacity: Artificial trees up to 9 feet tall and 120 pounds

Pros

  • Rotates in either clockwise or counterclockwise direction
  • Two built-in electrical sockets for lights
  • Heavy duty

Cons

  • Does not play music
  • Does not operate with a remote

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Enjoy the twinkling of up to 1,000 mini lights as a small tree revolves 360 degrees in this rotating Christmas tree stand.

For safety and efficiency, the manufacturers of rotating Christmas tree stands set height and weight limits for the trees that their stands can successfully support. Here’s an attractive choice for a stand that will support a small-to-medium tree while it rotates 360 degrees. The revolving stand from Target is intended for artificial trees weighing no more than 80 pounds when fully adorned with Christmas ornaments.

The manufacturer specifies that the opening in this stand accommodates an artificial tree pole of either 1 inch or 1.25 inches in diameter. An included adapter modifies the opening to accommodate either of these two sizes.

The electrical cord for up to 1,000 mini lights can be plugged directly into the Christmas tree stand, eliminating the need for multiple cords stretching across the floor. The maximum electrical load should not exceed 3.4 amps. A switch located on the base of the stand allows users to choose from three operational modes, including “lights and rotation,” “lights only with no rotation,” and “off.

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 26 inches long by 26 inches wide by 8 inches tall
  • Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Tree-Support Capacity: Artificial trunk diameter of 1 inch or 1.25 inches; weight up to 80 pounds

Pros

  • Decorative tree lights plug directly into the stand
  • No tools required for setup
  • Legs detach for compact storage

Cons

  • Switch located on the base, not on the cord
  • Plastic construction, not metal

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Light the night at Christmas with this rotating Christmas tree stand that supports up to 1,500 lights.

Escalate the brilliance of the Christmas season by showing off a myriad of lights on a decorated tree that revolves 360 degrees every 70 seconds. The operating switch on this rotating tree stand allows users to choose from two modes of operation: “rotation with lights” or “lights only” without rotation.

This tree stand holds an artificial tree with a trunk diameter of 0.75 or 1.25 inches and a maximum height and weight of 7.5 feet and 80 pounds. For an extra-festive atmosphere, the Vickerman stand supports 1,500 lights that bring out the beauty of any embellished tree.

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 24 inches long by 24 inches wide
  • Trunk Diameter Capacity: Accommodates 0.75-inch or 1.25-inch trunk diameters
  • Tree-Support Capacity: Up to 7.5 feet tall and 80 pounds

Pros

  • Full 360-degree rotation
  • Supports more lights than most revolving tree stands
  • Brand reputation
  • Versatile operating modes

Cons

  • Does not play music
  • Not for large trees
  • Does not operate via remote control

Our Verdict

For artificial trees, the Best Choice Products Rotating Stand rotates 360 degrees and includes multiple outlets for displaying lots of lights. Display a live Christmas tree in the Elf Logic – Rotating Christmas Tree Stand to enjoy the convenience of remote control operation along with heavy-duty security for trees up to 100 pounds.

How We Chose the Best Rotating Christmas Tree Stands

We chose the rotating Christmas tree stands in our Top Picks list after investigating more than 20 products available from several retail outlets. Searching for sturdy stands to support varying sizes and types of Christmas trees, we looked for usable and enjoyable characteristics. Primary differences among our choices include stands for live or artificial trees and those for large or small trees.

Revolving tree stands with ample accommodations for decorations made the cut as did those with toggle switches for selection of operational modes. We included tree stands that play music while they rotate as well as one model that functions via remote control. Rotating stands made of both metal and plastic made the list, with metal stands filling the need for heavy-duty support of larger trees.

FAQs

As you make exciting plans for the upcoming holiday season, you may have questions about purchasing a revolving tree stand. Rotating Christmas tree stands represent a creative option to enhance the stunning effects of festively adorned trees. Whether you’re searching for a rotating stand to accommodate a live tree or a stand that’s suitable for a large or small artificial tree, you may find inspiration in the following answers to frequently asked questions.

Q. Who sells rotating Christmas tree stands?

Rotating Christmas tree stands are available from Walmart, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and Amazon.

Q. Can I use a rotating tree stand with a real tree?

Yes. Be sure to purchase a rotating tree stand designed especially for live trees. It will have a large opening for the tree trunk along with a water reservoir to keep the tree fresh.

Q. What can I use instead of a tree stand?

Purchase a live, potted tree that can be transplanted into the yard after the holidays. Alternatively, you can place the tree in the center of a galvanized tub and hold it upright with gravel and cinder blocks.

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How to choose a rotating tree stand?

The symbol of the New Year holidays, the Christmas tree, appears in all apartments and shops at the end of December. Usually it stands static, but it will be much more beautiful if it starts to rotate smoothly around its axis. For this, there are special rotating stands for the Christmas tree. And how to choose them, read the article.

The Christmas tree is the main symbol of the New Year, and the process of its installation and decoration in every home turns into a real holiday. Have you paid attention to the fact that in many city squares and in shopping centers, Christmas trees often rotate around their axis? At home, as a rule, green beauties are static. Today, there are a lot of special devices on sale, thanks to which the Christmas tree in any apartment can start to rotate. While they remain not very popular and widespread, therefore few people know how to choose a rotating Christmas tree stand.

The benefits of the swivel stand are clear. It allows you to view the Christmas tree from all sides, gives the apartment a truly fabulous and New Year's look. Such a device is inexpensive, and real craftsmen can easily make such a supply on their own.

How it works

How the rotating tree stand works is very simple. The stand is a frame inside which the bearing is placed. In its inner ring there is a non-conductive cartridge, on the outer surface of which copper rings and current collectors are installed, as well as an electric motor, which is directly connected to the cartridge. To install and fix the Christmas tree in such devices, a tube is provided, fixed in the cartridge. Thanks to the fixing screw, the Christmas tree can be securely and firmly fixed in the stand. There are models on which the Christmas tree is installed directly on the stand along with a bucket for it or special stands. The appearance of the case may differ, be of different colors and slightly different configurations, it all depends on the manufacturer's idea.

Basic selection parameters

When choosing a rotating Christmas tree stand, pay attention to the following points:

  • base diameter . This parameter is best selected depending on which tree will be installed in the apartment, as well as based on the area of ​​​​the room itself. Remember that a rotating Christmas tree will require significantly more space than a stationary one. Firstly, it will not be possible to put it in a corner or near a wall, pressing some of the branches, because you will need a place for free rotation, which means that the New Year tree will have to be moved to the center of the room or closer to it. Secondly, during rotation, there is a high probability of touching the branches of the spruce, hooking the decorations on it and overturning the entire structure. That is why the rotating stand must be selected depending on the area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe room, and leave enough space around it for a consolidated movement;
  • The height of the stand can be completely different, because it all depends on the configuration of the elements in the device. A lower stand will look good, as it will hide as much as possible under the branches of the Christmas tree. There are also high stands on sale, and self-made devices often also turn out to be not low. Many people like this option even more, because in this case the small tree rises and becomes clearly visible from anywhere in the room. The choice should be based on your own preferences;
  • rotation speed. It is better to choose a stand with the ability to adjust the rotation speed. As a rule, it can vary in the range from 0.5 to 2 revolutions per minute, which is completely enough to see the Christmas tree well from all sides. If the speed is too high, then the balance may be disturbed, and some toys may even fall;
  • maximum load per stand . Before choosing a device, you need to decide what size tree you will install, and how many toys will be on it, which are often not at all light. The simplest stands are designed for a Christmas tree weighing up to 15-20 kg, and there are more powerful devices that can withstand loads up to 90 kg;
  • the length of the wire must be sufficient to connect the device to the socket, but at least 1. 5-2 m;
  • the presence of sockets on the stand itself for connecting garlands is an additional bonus and a plus for convenience. In this case, you can connect a New Year's garland, turn on a rotating stand and not worry that the wire will wrap around the Christmas tree, get tangled, and the tree itself or the entire structure will tip over.

Before buying, it is better to turn on the stand and listen, how noisy it is . If the output sound is too loud, then it will be impossible to endure the operation of such a device for a long time.


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Popular models

Today, rotating Christmas tree stands are mainly available from Chinese manufacturers, but there are also domestic devices. Some of the most popular are the following models.

Rotating base from Studia 12

  • diameter 40, 50, 60 cm;
  • height 9 cm;
  • current collector, which allows the use of garlands with a power of up to 600 W;
  • rotation speed 0. 75 rpm;
  • motor power 4W;
  • maximum load - 30 kg;
  • price from $100.

Studia 12 is located in the city of Yoshkar-Ola and independently produces rotating stands, podiums and bases that can be used for various purposes, incl. and for the installation of Christmas trees. The range of the manufacturer is quite wide, so everyone can choose what he likes.

This stand is made of metal and plastic and has all quality and fire safety certificates. A Christmas tree on such a stand can be decorated with a garland without fear that it will get confused.

Rotating stand from Studia 12

  • diameter 60, 70, 80 cm;
  • height 13 cm;
  • current collector, which allows the use of garlands with a power of up to 600 W;
  • weight 10-14 kg;
  • rotation speed 0.75 rpm;
  • motor power 4 W;
  • maximum load - 100 kg;
  • price from $150.

This device is suitable for large apartments or even shops where a rotating Christmas tree is a great way to attract the attention of customers. This stand is designed for a rather heavy and tall tree, and its additional bonus is the presence of a backlight that will make the decorations on the Christmas trees sparkle with different lights, thereby creating a truly festive atmosphere.

Rotating podium from Studia 12

  • diameter 60, 70, 80 cm;
  • height 15 cm;
  • current collector, which allows the use of garlands with a power of up to 600 W;
  • weight 18-24 kg;
  • rotation speed 0.75 rpm;
  • motor power 4 W;
  • maximum load - 100 kg;
  • price from $200.

This device is so impressive in size and excellent stability that it is simply impossible to call it a stand. This is a real podium, which can be useful for decorating shop windows or trading floors. Moreover, this model is also equipped with a backlight, and its frame is as attractive as possible.

Mister Christmas stand

  • current collector;
  • weight 18-24 kg;
  • 300 degree rotation;
  • maximum load - 20 kg;
  • price from $20.

A device made in China, which is in the form of a conventional Christmas tree stand with four legs. But when connected to the network, the stand, together with the tree fixed in it, begins to rotate. Please note that here the tree does not rotate around its axis, but first rotates 300 degrees in one direction, and then in the other. As a result, you see the Christmas tree from all sides, and the garland does not wrap around it. The stand is designed for Christmas trees with a height of no more than 2.4 m.

Stand-podium "Dance"

  • diameter 45 cm;
  • height 8 cm;
  • current collector, which allows the use of garlands with a power of up to 500 W;
  • weight 6 kg;
  • rotation speed 4-4.5 rpm;
  • motor power 6 W;
  • maximum load - 50 kg;
  • price from $80.

An excellent device, the advantages of which include lightness and appearance. The design of this stand is such that it does not distract the eye from the Christmas tree, allowing you to admire the New Year's beauty. The power and stability of the device is enough to place almost any Christmas tree on it.

Be very careful when using the stand at home. When installing a Christmas tree, it is necessary to ensure maximum stability for it so that it does not fall, decorations are not damaged, and one of the household members is not injured. It is better not to leave a working stand unattended for a long time. When buying, check all safety certificates so that the desire to admire the New Year tree from all sides does not turn into terrible consequences.

Polygroup 8542007745 Rotating tree stand. User manual

Polygroup 8542007745 Rotating Tree Stand Instruction Manual

ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS FOR

ROTATING TREE STAND Congratulations on your purchase of a new Poly® rotating tree stand! Carefully follow the instructions below to quickly and easily install your new stand.

  1. Before assembling your Christmas tree with turntable, choose a suitable location near a power outlet.
  2. Carefully inspect the product before use or reuse. Throw away any products with cut, damaged, or frayed wire or cord insulation, cracked holders or housings, loose connections, or exposed copper wire.
  3. Insert the four legs of the stand up into the slots in the base of the stand until they stop. ( Fig. A )
  4. Place the assembled turntable on a level surface.
  5. Measure your tree post. If the pole is less than 1.5 inches in diameter, use the included adapter. Choose a small hole adapter for a 1" rack and choose a large hole adapter for a 1.25" rack. Insert the stand adapter into the top of the tree stand by aligning the tabs on the stand adapter with the slots on the top of the tree stand. ( Fig. B ) Insert it all the way and turn it clockwise until the arrows on the adapter align with the arrow marked with the lock symbol on the stand. If your pole is 1.5" in diameter, insert the pole directly into the stand without a pole adapter.

    NOTE: This tree stand only works with 1″, 1.25″ or 1.5″ artificial tree poles. If the wood becomes loose or wobbly during installation, do not use this stand. Other sized racks may cause the swivel stand to not work properly.
    HINT: To minimize heavy lifting, insert only the bottom of the tree into the turntable first. Once the bottom section is secured to the tree stand, continue to install the rest of the sections.
  6. Plug the Christmas tree lights into the yellow marked socket on the rotating Christmas tree stand. ( Fig. C )
  7. Plug the turntable tree stand with green marking into the wall socket. ( Fig. D )
  8. Turn on the motor on the tree stand when you want the tree to rotate. To prevent the tree from moving, turn off the engine.
  9. Turn on the power switch on the turntable. Your entire tree should now be lit up and rotate. ( Fig. E ) If some lights do not light up or flash, refer to your Christmas tree's user manual.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

Basic safety precautions should always be followed when using electrical products, including the following:

  1. READ AND FOLLOW ALL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.
  2. FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY. USE ONLY WITH ARTIFICIAL WOOD. THIS STAND DOES NOT CONTAIN A WATER WELL.
  3. Do not use seasonal products outdoors unless they are labeled as suitable for indoor and outdoor use. If the products are used outdoors, plug them into a ground-fault-circuit-breaking (GFCI) outlet. If not provided, contact a qualified electrician for proper installation.
  4. This seasonal product is not intended for permanent installation or use.
  5. Do not install or place near gas or electric heaters, fireplaces, candles or other similar heat sources.
  6. Do not fix the electrical wiring of the product with staples or nails, and do not place it on sharp hooks or nails.
  7. Do not let me lean on the power cord or any wire.
  8. Unplug the product when you leave the house, go to bed at night or if left unattended.
  9. This is an electrical product, not a TOY! To prevent fire, burns, injury, and electric shock, do not play with or place within the reach of small children.
  10. Do not misuse this product. The stand is for the Christmas tree only.
  11. Do not hang jewelry or other objects on cord, wire or light rope.
  12. Do not close doors or windows on the product or extension cords as this may damage the wire insulation.
  13. Do not cover the product with cloth, paper or other materials that are not part of the product.
  14. This product is equipped with a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the other), which reduces the risk of electric shock. This plug fits into a polarized outlet in only one way. If the plug does not fully fit into the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician. Do not use an extension cord if the plug cannot be fully inserted. Do not modify or replace the plug.
  15. This product uses overload protection (fuse). A blown fuse indicates an overload or short circuit. If the fuse is blown, unplug the product from the outlet. Also remove any additional strings or products that may be attached to the product. Replace the fuse in accordance with the user's maintenance instructions. Follow the product label to determine the correct fuse rating and check the product. If the replacement fuse blows, there may be a short circuit and the product should be discarded.
  16. Maximum load current / power: 3.4 A / 408 W. Stand electrical specifications: 120 VAC, 60 Hz, max. 0.045 A.
  17. Wood load: Max. 90 pounds Tree height: Max. 9.0 ft.
  18. Use only with artificial trees with a 1″, 1.25″ or 1.5″ center post diameter.
  19. Read and follow all instructions that come with or accompany the product.
  20. SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
USE AND CARE INSTRUCTIONS
  1. When storing the tree stand, carefully remove all other food, including the tree, branches or bushes, to avoid undue strain or stress on the conductors, connections and wires of the product.
  2. When not in use, store carefully in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
  3. Carefully inspect the product before use or reuse. Dispose of any product that has cut, damaged, or frayed wire insulation or cords, loose connections, or exposed copper wires.
SERVICE INSTRUCTIONS

FUSE REPLACEMENT

  1. Grasp the plug and remove it from the socket or other outlet. Do not pull on the cord when unplugging.
  2. Open the fuse cover, slide the fuse access cover on the top of the plug towards the blades.
  3. Carefully remove the fuse, turn the fuse holder over and remove the fuse.
  4. Fire hazard. Replace fuse with 5 or 8 only. Amp, 125 Volt fuse for power cord. The correct fuse current value is written on the plug hose.
  5. Close the fuse cover. Slide the closed fuse access cover at the top of the yoke.
  6. Fire hazard. Do not replace the connecting plug. Contains a fuse (fuse) that must not be removed.

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