This carder was designed for the spinners who want to be able to perform a range of techniques on their carder. There are many new features – The carding cloth for one. The teeth are made with finer wire and the spacing is closer than the Classic Drumcarder. The licker-in drum has a short needle carding cloth that is spirally attached to it so it can efficiently feed a variety of fibers onto the large drum. The licker-in drum can be adjusted closer to or further from the swift drum depending on the fibers you are carding using the adjusting knobs. There are two in feed speeds so you can blend different fibers with ease without fibers gulping on or getting damaged. There is also an in feed tray that you use to stage the order that you feed the fibers and colors on. The carder is designed to do a range of tasks – it can perform basic carding tasks, blending colors and it can also easily blend a variety of fibers into batts. If you want a versatile drumcarder – this is the one.
– Drum is 7«” (19 cm) wide and 10″ (25 cm) in diameter
– Slower surface speed ratios: 23:1 and 34:1
– Lighter gauge wire for the carding teeth
– Teeth are spaced at 72 teeth/sq inch
– Universal licker-in cloth
– Large and foldable in feed tray
– Card approximately « ounce (15 grams) per batt
– Weight 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg)
– Adjustable drums
– Table Clamps, Doffer Brush and Doffer Pin included
An instruction manual written by well known author and fiber artist Deb Menz is included with all drumcarders.
The Louet Drumcarders are made of laminated birch and have a hard white coating. In order to ensure a long life, the teeth on all Louet carders are made of high grade plated steel wire. All gearboxes (except on the Elite) are enclosed to prevent fibers entering the gear system.
For drumcarders it is common to mention the gear ratio that drives the licker-in when you rotate the large drum. However, what really counts for carding is the ratio of the surface speed of both drums, because the difference of surface speed does the carding. You get this surface speed ratio by multiplying the gear ratio with the ratio of the diameters of the large drum and the licker-in.