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Ashford Vs Louet Drum Carder..

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 by in Fiber preperation | 0 comments

I’ve had a chance to think about things over the past few months, mainly about how I can help new spinners with their questions, in particular which wheel? or which Drum Carder?

When I was a new  spinner I was blown away by the amount of choice that was available, and when I got my first wheel I didn’t really know what to expect or what questions to ask.

So considering I’m now the proud owner of four spinning wheels, limitless spindles and 2 drum carders (although my Ashford carder has now been sold) I thought I’d write down my thoughts about spinning equipment that I either own or have previously owned  so that hopefully new spinners can make informed decisions when they decide to purchase a piece of equipment.

I had my Ashford carder for two years and I’ve had my Louet for just over a year so now that I’ve gotten to know them both I Thought I would start by sharing my thoughts on them and explaining why I decided to trade in my Ashford for a Louet.

Now I can go into every little detail about what I did and didn’t like, but we may be here a while and If like me you just want to know good and bad points well please read on.

Ashford 2 speed drum carder 72 pt(fine)

 Likes:

  1. It’s well made.
  2. It’s two ratio’s are handy, one for blending and one for preparing scoured fleece.
  3. Smooth groove to run doffer pin across to remove your batt.
  4. You have to buy the cleaning brush seperately.

Dislikes:

  1. The gears can get clogged up with fiber.
  2. Teeth bend really easily.
  3. Pre-drafting fiber takes up time, but its necessary to ensure the fiber doesn’t end up on the licker-in drum.

Louet Classic Carder 46 pt

 Likes:

  1. You get a cleaning brush with it.
  2. You can card in textural items such as silk ribbon and fabric.
  3. You can hold onto the fiber and draft it as you card without it all ending up on the licker in drum.
  4. You can fit a lot of fiber onto the drum.
  5. Its gears are enclosed so theres no worry about fibers getting caught up in them.

Dislikes

  1. The mashing of the teeth creates nupps in the batt when carding finer fibers like merino.
  2. The two screws which hold the groove  on the big drum to run the doffer pin across, its not  a fluid movement with a screw in the way.
  3. The wooden handle has a slight movement in it which is just enough to pinch your hand.

It’s important to remember that these likes and dislikes are only my observations and thoughts, I do however hope that you find them useful, especially if your thinking of getting a drum carder.

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