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Posted - 12/05/2005 :  02:19:40 AM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
Hubby just landed a new job (He`s a lecturer in Media Studies)with a very healthy payrise, and we were discussing a few extra treats at Christmas to celebrate. During this discussion he said "Would you like one of these spikey wool mangles you`ve been wishing for as a Christmas present?"

After a moment of thought I realised he meant a drum carder, lol! And yes, I do want one. I`ve been looking at the Louet ones because I have two Louet spinning wheels and I`m pretty brand loyal when I find a brand I like. I don`t process lots of raw fleece...probably three or four a year...and I`ll be using it for blending fine fibres in smaller quantities as much as anything else. The fleeces I will be carding will likely be Shetland mostly, because it costs buttons here and I like it.

So I like the look of the 4" wide Louet Junior drum carder.....

.... because you can make narrow batts of smaller quantities of fibre if you wish, but because of the longer wire tines it will still hold a considerable quantity of fibre if required. 46wpi cloth. And it`s one of the cheaper ones, at 175 over here as opposed to the 265 Ashford. And it looks a simple design, like my wheels, and simpler usually means less problems in my experience!

So...has anyone got a Louet Junior? Opinions? Horror stories? Or any othe recommedations, given that I do live in the UK and some USA brands are not availible here. (And I ain`t paying international postage on a 6kg carder!)



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Posted - 12/07/2005 :  9:38:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shemac's Homepage Send Shemac a Private Message
I had a Louet Roving carder and loved it. I sold it to buy a bigger electric carder for production carding for my business, but I regret selling it because sometimes I want to card a smaller amount of fiber for my personal use.
You'll still have to break or attenuate it into thinner strips for carding because it doesn't actually produce "roving", just a more narrow batt.
It is simple to use and easy to care for. I'm like you, I like simple things that have fewer fussy parts that can go bad. When I first met DH I had a Toyota Corolla that needed oil changes and not much other maintenace, DH had an Audi that was always having a window motor or computer chip or fuse or something replaced, and so he was always needing a ride in the trusty Corolla.

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Posted - 12/08/2005 :  09:35:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
I've tried several drum carders, and the winner by a wide margin, IMO is the Fricke. NAYY. Just no comparison.


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