Ashford Vs Louet Drum Carder..
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)
- It’s well made.
- It’s two ratio’s are handy, one for blending and one for preparing scoured fleece.
- Smooth groove to run doffer pin across to remove your batt.
- You have to buy the cleaning brush seperately.
- The gears can get clogged up with fiber.
- Teeth bend really easily.
- 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
- You get a cleaning brush with it.
- You can card in textural items such as silk ribbon and fabric.
- You can hold onto the fiber and draft it as you card without it all ending up on the licker in drum.
- You can fit a lot of fiber onto the drum.
- Its gears are enclosed so theres no worry about fibers getting caught up in them.
- The mashing of the teeth creates nupps in the batt when carding finer fibers like merino.
- 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.
- 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.