If you ordered your chain driven Mad Batt’r with a HIGH FRAME, you can use this motorizing upgrade to motorize it. Also works to upgrade 400 series “Finest” Strauch drum carders. The motor and electronic controller have a one-year warranty. It is recommended that you plug the carder into a surge protector, as you would with any electronic device.
NOTE: These upgrades CANNOT be installed on existing 200 series carders (there is not enough room within the frame for the motor and electronics).
- Strauch Motorizing Upgrade for Single Wide HIGH FRAME Mad Batt’r or Finest
- Strauch Motorizing Upgrade for Double Wide HIGH FRAME Mad Batt’r or Finest
Upgrading your manual drive Drum Carder to a motorized version:
All Mad Batt’r series carders manufactured after Jan 1, 2016, are built on the tall, 6-inch, frame and can also be upgraded. Any Mad Batt’r carders, produced in prior years, but, ordered with the tall frame option, are upgradeable.
Because of the complexity of the upgrade, these machines need to be returned to Strauch for the upgrade to be installed.
If you do decide on an upgrade, remember to remove the existing handle so it won’t get broken. In fact, whenever you box up the carder for shipment, or if you’re putting it in your car to go to a show, remove the handle!
Naturally, the motorized carder will no longer have a crank.
Some folks have asked whether the carder can be made to function both manual and motorized.
The motor drives the chain which in turn drives the drums. It’s all connected together so the drums won’t slip. The motorized version cannot be made to hand crank.
Putting an overriding clutch mechanism on the carder would make the machine VERY expensive. Secondly, Strauch uses an extremely high quality gear motor. Turning the drums by using a crank would be quite difficult because of the motor’s internal gearing.