If you card fibers occasionally or card for small projects, this is the carder for you. It has the same carding cloth and solid construction as the Standard Drumcarder, but is only 4″ wide. It is perfect to use to card fibers for small projects like for socks, hats and scarves. You can produce a 4″ wide batt that can be spun from when you remove the batt from the carder. The batt that is created is the size of a commercial roving. You can also thoroughly blend colors on this model. It is a great introduction to the world of drum carding.
– Drum is 4″ wide and 10.5″ in diameter
– Surface speed ratio is 12:1
– Teeth are spaced at 72 teeth/sq inch
– Teeth are 3/8″ deep
– Card approximately 0.5 ounce (15 grams) per batt
– Weight 13 pounds
– 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.
All 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.
The Classic Drumcarder has a cloth of 46 teeth per square inch and the Standard has a cloth of 72 teeth per square inch.
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.