Spiral Potato | Twisted chips on a stick


Spiral Potato Chips

This is an ideal unit to start a small business with. A Potato Spiral chips cutter will only ask for an investment amount of R999 during 2016 (Bonus: Including 25 x 20cm bamboo skewers to get you started and insured postage also included - only in South Africa). For some extra bamboo skewers, see our prices below the invoices. Where else can you get a business opportunity like this? A ROI (Return On Investment) after only selling 99 potatoes at R10 profit each. Think about it...1 day....1 event....fully paid.

INVOICE: South African invoice - insured orders -> via the South African Post Office - INVOICE here

From others you could always buy a franchised Chip cutting business for a huge amount ... OR, try to prevent someone from investing only R999 to start a spiral business next door to your franchise(We DON'T sell franchises).. Or buy a fully kitted food trailer and add the spiral to make it a twisted potato chip trailer - see our trailers at The 'trailer' page. (Please talk to us to confirm investment amount for the trailer first - thanks). Only real bamboo skewered Spirals sold(unless you sell chipdogs without any skewers - ask us about it, same machine), with top quality skewers, like the ones you find in South Africa. (SA - for ordering an extra 250x20cm bamboo skewers = R75(postage included) with your machine order, just include the extra funds.). You can use ANY LENGTH of skewer in our cutters, as long as the skewer is 5mm in diameter. (South Africa have up to 40cm skewers available - 5mm).

November 2016 - Currently we have no stock. Send us an email, and we'll let you know when we have units ready for shipping - which will only be in December.
(Reason: The guy that made them for us during the last 10 years is taking a break and we ran out of inventory.)


- For inside South Africa ------ Binne Suid Afrika
-> one Spiral potato cutter & 25x20cm bamboo skewers ONLY R999 (Postage and Insurance included)
INVOICE: South African invoice - insured orders -> via the South African Post Office - INVOICE here

FAKTUUR: Suid Afrika faktuur - versekerde bestellings -> mbv die Suid Afrikaanse Poskantoor - FAKTUUR hier

Please Email: Spirals@CateringEquipment4All.co.za - Spirals@CateringEquipment4All.co.za
Johan Welgemoed
Since 2003

Please remember, we post the spirals the next working day after the funds clear into the account. Also forward full address, name and tel.


For international orders, you can pay via PayPal.
-> TO CONFIRM STOCK PRE-ORDER WITH JOHAN 1ST for international orders we'll accept PayPal or TeleTransfer via your bank. Just Google "exchange USD to ZAR"to get an idea what the cutter will cost(that is excluding postage and PayPal/exchange fees. You can also USE YOUR OWN COURIER TO COLLECT.
Make contact and we'll give you the details.


To order a spiral cutter: (Called a tornado potato in the far east - for tornado chips)
Johan : +27 83 571-2699
Email: Spirals@CateringEquipment4All.co.za
Currently all spirals are distributed from Burgersdorp, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

How to start a potato chip business:
Let's make a spiral, step-by-step. From potato to ready for the deep fryer - "Chips on a stick" as a twisted potato. Cut a curl potato with our Potato Cutter. These curly fries are not the ribbon fry chips you cut with a potato ribbon slicer, which you get overseas. (Where the ribbon fries look like spaghetti, these are solid spiral slices of potato - ie. you can ALSO use our stainless steel blade as a Mandoline, by slicing the potato by hand.)

Step 1:
Choose a medium sized potato. Get rid of any dirt and bad spots. Take the blunt end of the skewer, NOT the sharp end, and push it through the middle of the potato.

Photo: Potato on a 40cm bamboo skewer

The link to our home page, find and view all our products from here.

  • The 'Catering Equipment 4 All' home page.

  • Spiral potato facts.

    • Investment Amount: R999
    • Stainless Steel/Aliminium
    • Manual - No powercuts
    • Easy to clean
    • 25 x 20cm bamboo skewers - Bonus in South Africa
    • Cost per potato +-R1 - Rest is profit
    • ROI = Sell only 99 potatoes at R10 profit (How long will it take You??)
    Potato on skewer - chip twisted in the making
    Step 2.
    • Skewer must go into the blade hole
    Photo: Skewer into hole of Spiral Fry Potato Cutter
    Step 3.
    • Potato on skewer into potato spiral cutter..
    Photo: Potato on skewer into tornado cutting machine
    Step 4.
    • Potato on skewer into potato spiral cutter
    Photo: Skewer in potato cutter
    Step 5.
    • Potato in position
    Photo: Potato in position
    Step 6.
    • Potato halfway done
    Potato halfway done
    Step 7.
    • Spiral Potato on skewer
    • Show Tornado potatoes in the making
    • Chipdogs - Russians inside tornado - same machine
    Potato Spiral - chip dogs
    Step 8.
    • Potato spiral / Twisted Chip done
    Photo: Potato Spiral done
    Step 9.
    • Potato Spiral ready for the oil
    • Tornado potato - deep fry at 180/200 degree Celcius
    Photo: Twisted Chip / Spiral ready for oil
    Step 10.
    • Take the next potato, next skewer, smile, and start again
    • 20cm Skewers about 25c each.
    • Profit: 500% plus.
    • ROI: Sell less than 100 potato skewers

    Quality: Our machines also work for the 40cm x 5mm skewers you find in South Africa - compared to the standard short 20cm x 4mm skewers from the other Chip Traders, make money by selling for the same price or even less? Don't say 'Chips on a stick', but 'Chips on a STICK' or 'Chips on a SKEWER'

    Ever heard someone say: 'Keep it simple'? Now this is a simple business. Opportunities like this should be grabbed with both hands, but anyway, I think you know that already.

    This is just one of our products, please have a look at the other products by following this link to The 'Catering Equipment 4 All' home page.

    Only for Spirals machines - phone now to order:
    Johan Welgemoed : +27 (0)83 571-2699 - anytime - try me first
    (for TEL/FAX: +27 (0)51 653-1733 - only during working hours - GMT +2 - 09H00 to 13H00 and 14H00 to 17H00)
    Email: Spirals@CateringEquipment4All.co.za


    Spiral Potato Cutter Price:

    INTERNATIONAL: For visitors NOT from our beautiful South Africa - (International):

    The South African Post Office only can take insured parcels to the following countries - South African Post Office can insure parcels to these countries only - and to ORDER

    We include 2 short sample skewers. You'll need to find some 5mm in diameter skewers locally, the longer the better. Use bamboo skewers or even wooden dowels.

    Investment amount of a twisted Potato Spiral cutter:

    R799 - Only the spiral cutter(+ 2 short skewers as a sample)
    R390 - Overseas Postage (Air Mail and Insurance)
    R1,189 = Total amount

    Selling stainless steel/aluminium spirals since 2003.
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    International SPECIAL - Ignore the above - pay with PayPal at this link: International PayPal orders.

    Postage via Insured Air Mail will usually take about 3 weeks to our friends abroad.

    The tracking number will be emailed to you, and it should reflect within 24 hours on the South African Post Office system. See:

  • www.sapo.co.za - then look under
  • "online tools" at "Track and Trace".

    For South Africa Post Office speed services(Domestic/National only) for our chip cutters, see:
  • www.speedservices.co.za and click on
  • "Track an item".
  • Then enter the tracking number.
    (If the SAPO speed services is used for international parcels, see www.skynetwwe.com with the tracking number)

    We use FEDEX Express for international speed courier services:
  • www.fedex.com
  • Under Track go to "Track by Tracking Number"

    We don't use DHL anymore, but if you have an account and want to use them, just let us know:
    For DHL Express - Last option, very expensive - DHL promise 4 working days to your doorstep, but it can take up to 6(six) days before they collect from us. (Collections in my hometown only Tuesdays and Thursdays - so if I contact them on Thursday, they'll only collect on Tuesday. Then it'll take another day or 2 to get to Johannesburg, and only THEN will it be 4 working days.)
  • www.dhl.co.za
  • Replace "DHL air Waybill" with the tracking number suplied by me and press go.
    (This is on the top left of the page - under 'Fast Track')

    South Africa - Local postage = When you order the Spiral cutter add an extra R75 for first 250 skewers. For an Extra 250 x 20cm skewers add R13 extra postage to the above.
    (250x20cm bamboo skewers/sticks = R62)

    Photo: Deep fryer and spirals

    Spirals as a business, with so many spices to choose from, you can cater for everyone's tastes.
    Low initial costs, can bring a good return on investment. Why not have a business asking: Spicy spirals or just a salted spiral potato?

    Photo: Potato Spiral on a stick - deepfrying in the oil Photo: Potato Spiral sticks next to potato cutter

    Hierdie aartappel op 'n stokkie is baie gewild. As mens kyk na die Rittelfeees 2006, dan is die geadverteerde spiral stalletjies:
  • Chip Stick - Aartappel op Sosatie stok (stokke) - Chipsticks
  • Chip Twister - Aartappel gedraai op stokkie - ChipTwister
  • ChipDog or Tater Dog - ook met ons spiraal aartappel snyer
  • Chipstix trailer - With Chipstix or Chip stix on chip skewers - potato chip skewers that is. There are chipstix trailers going all over the country and they are owned by independant people/business owners. Their home bases could be anywhere and since the franchise went belly-up, you might even be able to buy some of these chipstix trailers second hand. Since most people know the original round Chipstix trailer, these are quite popular business opportunities - but you can easily create your own franchise by just adding one of our potato chip cutters.
  • Fast food business opportunities without franchise fees - make and keep your own money.
  • Chip & Dip bought from us, so they also see the potential of an affordable product for their chip trailers. So perhaps Australia will have a Chip 'n Dip franchise in the future - if not, buy the cutters directly from us...
  • I saw a Chip King selling twisters at the Burgersdorp summer festival during October 2006, so what does all these people know that you 'might' not know yet? These chiptwisters were as popular as always.
  • If you can dip a chip then you can also dip a spiral - and make money.
  • Also called Espiropapa or patata tornado. These espiropapas you'll find in places like Spain/Mexico/Brazil.
  • For a Spring potato, this is not a season bound potato - sell anywhere at anytime.
  • Rotato Potato Peeler - NO our cutters do not peel the potatoes. (Note, some Rotato peelers use plastic gears anyway - no good).

    And at the Cherry Festival 2006(Ficksburg): I know Stephen went there with his Chip Stix trailer. He is selling his chipstix potatoes at most of the bigger festivals in South Africa(and he even traveled Namibia, doing festivities there for a few months).
    Another popular product I see is some mushrooms on a skewer, so just imagine some mushrooms combined with a skewered chip - family size.

    In Holland/the Netherlands, they describe a spiral like this: (Spiraal aardappel snijer) --> (aartappel snyer in Afrikaans - aartappel spiraalsnyer)
    - ongeschilde aardappel aan een stokje te rijgen en door middel van een spiraal snijer machine de aardappel aan stokje te spiraliseren.
    Ever heard of Tornado Kartoffel or Twist Potato and the very old Tornado Potato? All easy cuts with our ALL metal cutters. Buy units with plastic in it at your own discretion. We DO NOT SELL PLASTIC UNITS, so don't contact us to fix broken units. Neither do we fix or sell units with springs or wires in the cutters. Our 2 years part replacement warranty/guarantee tell you that we stand behind our own product for the last 7 years.

    You can use any length of skewer, but it must be with a 5mm diameter.
    Spiral Apples can NOT be cut, no Appletwisters or applestix yet. Our units can double as potato slicers or mandolines though.

    -------------------------- Becoming popular is the potato on a sausage or potato on a russian(not vienna) - Chip Dog or Sausage Potato.
    Take one of the spiralled potatoes, as in the pictures above, remove the stick from the cut potato before opening it. Then take a potato peeler or 'apple core remover' and enlarge the hole in the middle to the size of the russian or sausage. Insert the sausage/russian into the spiral potato and open as if on a stick. These Chip Dogs will take some practise, you don't want the sausage too thin as it will burn to a crisp before the potato.
    a Straight foot long Smoked sausage or russian works well. Remember to cut the skin of the sausage/vienna/russian before putting it into the oil. The fun is in the tasting of your new products, so have fun and have a business with this new business idea.
  • The bamboo skewer is not re-inserted after the sausage was inserted.
  • When I say potato peeler, it is to enlarge the inside of the spiral, so NO potato peeling on the outside is done. 'Apple corer' works easiest.

    -------------------------- Created by one of our clients in the Far East: Coloured spirals
    Which fits nicely with The Rainbow nation(South Africa). These rainbow coloured chips can be done in 2 ways.
  • Easiest is to spray the deep fried chip with food colourant. Be original and create mixed colours or have just 1 color per potato. You can have the flavour of the colorant as an added bonus, or sell your spiral potatoes with the flavours as the selling point.
  • Dip the cut potato in a coloured batter, when it is still raw. Then deep fry as normal, this one you'll need to play with to get the colours right.

    -------------------------- My favourite - Dip the spiral potato in Chocolate
    Again, you have options.
  • only dip about 1cm or almost half an inch of the deep fried spiraled potato in chocolate and spice as normal. Do this by simply rolling the chip horizontally in a plat pan filled with heated sweetness.
  • or dip the whole thing.
  • and the arty people can have different coloured chocolate that is added as stripes with squeeze bottles.
    The trick is to get the chocolate to not run after you give it to your client. So use the hot spiral to your advantage before it cools down.

    Typical spice flavours in South Africa would be:
  • Salt and Vinegar spice
  • Sour Cream spice
  • BBQ spice
  • Chaka-laka spice (hot)
  • Biltong flavoured spices - if you don't know what biltong is, bypass this spice.
    Visit your local cinema, and see which popcorn spices they use. Get the same, they spent tons of money on market research.

    Maintenance: Our stainless steel chip slicer, does not rust, no plastic to break and no springs to go soft. This is a commercial unit, and our Warranty/Guarantee can be seen here. We DO NOT SELL plastic, electric or electronic units - so don't phone us to fix it, and as a business owner, think for yourself, IN ADVANCE, what will you do when your event is paid for and no one can help you with some broken plastic or broken electronic unit.

  • When you want to buy 2 of our cutters, our suggestion is, just get 1. Only get more cutters when you expand your business opportunity, or when factors outside of the 'mechanics' of our cutters must be considered.

    Warranty/Guarantee: I, the manufacturer, will replace any part that prevents the potato cutting machine from cutting potatoes onto a 5mm skewer in a spiral shape. This potato chip machine don't have problems, so before putting a screwdriver to it, Contact me first, as it can save you the postage. We have 100's of satisfied clients, so we can extend this warranty to YOU, for 2 years. Normal maintenance of course: clean and oil after every event, and tighten nuts when needed.
    (If you've destroyed the unit with a chainsaw while cutting your own hair(i know - i know), we can replace that part for you).
    Why Guarantee the potato cutter for 2 years, and not just 1 year? - After 2 years you've either never used the unit, so it will outlive you - or you've made so much money from this little business opportunity, that you are retiring and never want to see a pototao again in you whole live.)


    On the CE rating: The British Standards Institution stated that NO CE rating is required for our Stainless Steel/Aluminium cutter, since it hold no threat. "CE ratings are apparently required for any item of machinery or product that may inherently pose a risk or danger to the user....."
    - Research done by Kevin Watson (Hutton Lodge Scotland - go and eat a spiral potato there Hutton Lodge B&B, Bankend, DUMFRIES, Dumfriesshire, Scotland).
    Please go and eat a spiral or 2 at this traditional 100 year old sandstone ex-schoolhouse near Caerlaverock Castle and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in the quiet hamlet of Bankend. Or have a sleep-over and have some more potato chipsticks the next day also.

  • Please keep in mind that the blade is sharp, and can cut any body parts you stick into it: rather cut the potatoes.
  • With no electric components, the potato twist is NOT hazardous and is easy to clean in water.

    Disclaimer: We reserve the right to change anything at 'Catering Equipment 4 All' at any time. Always improving our twisted chips / potato spirals / chips stix(chipsticks) / curly chip / Chipdog / twister shaped sticks / Tornado potatoes / Chip twista / curley chip maker as a fast food business opportunity without franchise fees. . . .
    -- E & OE
    Page last updated:

    01 Nov 2016