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Carding is a pre-spinning treatment to align the fibers which enables you to spin fibers more easily. For the technique of felting or making woolen blankets, carding is essential.

handcards

   You have to use handcards the two.
Louët handcards are made of tulip wood, a Dutch Poplar variety. These light weighted handcards have a curved back and ergonomic handles that fit comfortably in your hands.
The 19 x 10 cm (7 1/2” x 4”) handcards are available in fine (46 teeth per inch) and extra fine cloth (cotton carders, 110 teeth per inch). In order to ensure a long life, the teeth on all Louët carders are made of high grade plated steel wire.

handcards Louët, fine cloth     € 68.00 the two
handcards Louët, extra fine cloth, to order     € 68.00 the two

drumcarders

Louët has five different drumcarders: the Classic, Standard, Junior (or Roving), Elite and Electric drumcarder.
They are made of laminated birch and have a hard white coating. The drums of the carders are 19 cm (7 1/2”) wide, except for the drum of the Junior who is 10 cm (4”) wide.
In order to ensure a long life, the teeth on all Louët carders are made of high grade plated steel wire.
All gearboxes, except for the Elite drumcarder, are enclosed to prevent fibers entering the gear system.
The Classic and Electric drumcarder have a fine cloth of 46 teeth per square inch, so you can easily card wool and other coarse fibers. The Standard and Junior drumcarders have an extra fine cloth (72 teeth per square inch). The advantage of this extra fine cloth is that you also can perfectly card very fine fibers.
The Elite drumcarder has been developed with the new blending techniques in mind. The large drum has an extra fine cloth (72 teeth per square inch) and the small drum, or licker-in, has a special cloth that avoids the build-up of costly fibers. It has two different gear ratios (1:6 and 1:9) and the large feed-tray makes it easier to blend the fibers.
For drumcarders it is common to mention the gear ratio that drives the licker-in when you rotate the large drum. For the Elite drumcarder the ratio is 6:1 or 9:1, for the other drumcarders it is 3.8:1.
However, what really counts for carding is the ratio of the surface speed of both drums. You get this by multiplying the gear ratio with the ratio of the diameters of the large drum and the licker-in. This surface speed ratio is 9:1 for the Classic and Electric drumcarder and 12:1 for the Standard and Junior drumcarder. The Elite drumcarder has two surface speed ratios; 23:1 and 34:1.

The drumcarders come with a doffer brush, a doffer pin and two table clamps, attaching them to the corner of a table.
The Classic and the Standard drumcarder weighs 7 kg, the Junior 5 kg.
drumcarder Classic, fine cloth     € 435.00    see photo
drumcarder Standard, extra fine cloth     € 545.00
drumcarder Junior, extra fine cloth, to order     € 333.00    see photo
drumcarder Elite, to order     € 641.00    see photo

The Electric drumcarder is available with a 115 V or a 230 V motor. The motor drives the large drum with V-belt system, coupled to the enclosed gear system, at approximately 90 r.p.m. The motor has a thermal safety and the drums are covered with a transparent plastic protection cover for extra safety while carding. The electric carder stands on buffers and because of its weight of approximately 21 kg (46 lb), it doesn’t need to be clamped to a table.
Electric drumcarder, fine cloth, to order     € 1220.00    see photo