The XL Standard Drumcarder is a Clydesdale! The diameter of the drum is 10.5″ and the width is 11.5″. The carder clamps to a table and comes already permanently adjusted for you. The carder is designed to accommodate fine to medium fiber lengths. The teeth on the carder are 3/8″ deep and a batt of about an ounce can be produced. Color blending can be done with success as well.
– Drum is 11.5″ 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 1 ounce (30 grams) per batt
– Weight 20 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.
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.
The Classic Drumcarder has a cloth of 46 teeth per square inch and the Standard has a cloth of 72 teeth per square inch. Louet refers to these as fine and extra fine. But compared to other drum carders out there, the extra fine equals the standard of other brands.
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.