You know, I didn't count cleaning time since I haven't done that yet.
I'm a multicolored batt girl. I've been thinking about this some more and in talking with my bf (who's also watched the youtube vids) we kinda decided that I'm just really anal about the whole thing. Like I'll sit there and pull off a staple of wool or bamboo or whatever and tease it apart to thin it out, and then I don't really use the infeed tray at all. I just like to feet it from the top or just lay it on the drum. That way I can control every little thing.
From watching the youtube videos, she just kinda throws crap at the carder and crosses her fingers. It's a nice carder and I wish I had a burnishing tool (though the brush helps a lot), but it's just a little too haphazard for me.
I also thing that even though some rovings are already "carded" a lot of times it's combed instead and may benefit from another carding before throwing the colors all together. I have yet to card a batt more than once. (like nicolassa).
Keep the discussion going! this is great info for the newbies out there! (of which I am one when it comes to the drum carder fascination.)
knowledge is power!!