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Calvadnack

  • Joined Jun 2009
Which drum carder ?
« on: August 19, 2010, 11:47:57 am »
Looking at the number of fleeces piled up in my hall I really need to speed up the processing of them. Rather than hand carding I think I need a drum carder (is this just an excuse??) - but which one ?

Can anyone advise between the various makes (Ashford/Louet etc) and what accessories do I need (packer brush, cleaning brush etc).  The fleeces are Shetland so are variable with some fine and 4" long to a bit coarser and a shorter staple. 

I'm on a budget, but don't want to make a mistake and buy an Ashford just because I've already had a go with this brand.
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Which drum carder ?
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2010, 11:48:42 am »
I bought a drum carder (Ashford) some years ago, but I don't find it particularly speeds things up, or at least not as much as I had hoped.  I also tried sending off some fleeces to be commercially carded, in the hope that that would speed up matters, but I wasn't happy with the result - the carded fleece (Shetland) was full of noils.  Can you spin any of your fleeces without carding?  Do you have a flick carder to separate the tips and butts.  Often Shetland can be spun without carding.
With the Ashford carder, I have to put the fleece through at least twice, then I tear the batt up into little pieces and make rolags - maybe I'm not using it efficiently.  I don't have any extras with it, just the doffing spike, which I also use to clean the tines.
I will be interested to hear what others think of other makes of carder - I bought the Ashford because that was what was available at the time.
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