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The original standby for chunky art batts, the Louet Classic, with 46 tpi and extra-deep carding cloth, is the go-to carder for many art yarn spinners. It's also got a very nice price!
The Louet Classic is a gear-driven carder and it is a workhorse, surviving years of heavy abuse at Yarn School, Camp Pluckyfluff, etc.!
19 cm (7 1/2") wide drum, 10" diameter (big!)
5/8" deep carding cloth
enclosed gear box
Doffer brush and doffer pin and clamps are included
You also get a pound of mixed bonus fibers for your carding pleasure!
The Classic Drumcarder used to be called the Standard Drumcarder and has been with us for over 20 years. The diameter of the drum is 10" and the width is 7½". Compared to the new Standard Drumcarder the cloth has less and higher teeth (46 teeth/sq inch, 5/8" long) and the teeth were designed to intertwine. This makes the Classic Drumcarder more suitable for medium to long fibers. It is the perfect carder if your needs include carding lots of thick batts fast. It is great to card batts for layers for felt making and color blending can be done with success as well. The carder clamps to a table and comes already permanently adjusted for you.
- Drum is 7½" (19 cm) wide and 10" (25 cm) in diameter
- Surface speed ratio is 9:1
- Teeth are spaced at 46 teeth/sq inch
- Teeth are 5/8" deep (14 mm)
- Card approximately 1½ ounces (45 grams) per batt
- Weight 16 pounds (7 kg)
- Carding teeth flexible
- No pre-teasing needed
-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 Louët 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.