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Drum Carder - The Finest is a top of the line model is unique and comes complete with all available features including the Brush Attachment.

Having a chain as the drive mechanism provides a constant positive non-slipping action while carding and is far superior to belt drives.

The wood frame is ash with a warm honey-oak finish. It has a 7" diameter x 7-3/4" wide working drum and a 2" diameter x 8" wide licker drum producing a batt approximately 7" wide x 22" long. The overall length of the machine is 24" and 11-1/2" wide with a 6" high frame. An important feature: Since the swing of the handle clears the table surface, the carder can be placed anywhere on the work surface.

This unit is equipped with the #05 (128 psi) card cloth and "Slicker-Licker" (SL). The 6" high frame permits a larger sprocket on the small drum. This makes a 5:1 ratio between the drums, which allows more carding action per revolution. This 5:1 ratio allows for minimal turning of the large drum to produce an excellent, well blended batt; 2-3 passes are sufficient.

Special tools included with each "Finest" are:

  • The popular Knuckle-Saving-Batt-Pick, an invaluable tool for removing the batt without damage to the equipment or the user.
  • Doffer/Cleaner Brush to thoroughly and easily clean any residual fibers from the carding drum.
  • A small cleaner/dabber brush for use on the licker drum.
  • The new Teasing Tool to open locks and tease fiber prior to carding.
  • Table clamps to secure the carder to the work surface. Will fit tables up to 1-3/4" thick.

Price: $815.00-$1,115.00 (based upon accessories)


Drum Carder - The Petite is a manual drum carder with a polyurethane drive belt. This carder is part of our product line specifically for fiber artists who have budget or space considerations but want Strauch quality.

The Petite is an excellent choice for a mid-sized carder with full sized features. The Petite is slightly smaller (6" wide drums) than the standard chain drive (8" wide) models. The Petite is 16" long, 9" wide and 10" tall. As with the chain drive models, the 05 fine cloth on the large drum and "Slicker-Licker" on the small drum is standard.

Special tools included with each Petite are:

  • The popular Knuckle-Saving-Batt-Pick, an invaluable tool for removing the batt without damage to the equipment or the user.
  • Doffer/Cleaner Brush to thoroughly and easily clean any residual fibers from the carding drum.
  • A small cleaner/dabber brush for use on the licker drum.
  • Table clamps to secure the carder to the work surface. Will fit tables up to 1-1/2" thick.

The fabulous Brush Attachment is available separately and can be installed at time of purchase or be added later. It can be easily installed by the customer. Instructions included.

Price: $540.00


Hand Carders - Manufactured by Schacht Spindle. Come in Curved Medium (72 PSI), Curved Fine (112 PSI), and Curved Mini (72 PSI). They have a small lip milled into the rear edge of the paddle to protect the card clothing from becoming worn and the handles have been precisely tenoned into the paddles for superior strength. The mini carders are a pint-sized version of the curved wool cards. At about half the weight, they are an easy size to take to a class or on a road trip, or just out and about with your drop spindle.

Price: $85.00


Louet Carders: The Standard & Roving
We offer two Louët drumcarders: the Standard and Junior (or Roving). They are made of laminated birch and have a hard white coating. The drums of the carders are 19 cm (7 1/2") wide, except for the drum of the Junior (10 cm (4") wide). In order to ensure a long life, the teeth on all Louët carders are made of high grade plated steel wire. All gearboxes are enclosed to prevent fibers entering the gear system.

The Standard and Junior drumcarders have an extra fine cloth (72 teeth per square inch). The advantage of this extra fine cloth is that you also can perfectly card very fine fibers.
All drumcarders are equipped with a doffer brush, doffer pin and two table clamps to clamp it onto a sturdy table. An instruction manual written by well known author and fiber artist Deb Menz is included with all drumcarders.
For drumcarders it is common to mention the gear ratio that drives the licker-in when you rotate the large drum. For the Roving carder the ratio is 3.8:1. However, what really counts for carding is the ratio of the surface speed of both drums. You get this by multiplying the gear ratio with the ratio of the diameters of the large drum and the licker-in. This surface speed ratio is 12:1 for the Standard and Junior drumcarder.

The Standard Price: $650.00

The Roving Price: $455.00


NOTE: ALL PRICES INCLUDE SHIPPING

 

 

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