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« on: December 19, 2007 02:03:48 PM »

I am thinking about purchasing a new (or used if possible) carder.  I am really torn right now, because I have enough money for either of my final 2 choices, but one is drastically less expensive than the other, and it is so DIFFICULT to choose. Undecided

The top 2 on my list are:  The Strauch Doublewide Standard (no brush cause I can't quite afford that), and The Louet Roving Carder.

Does anyone out there that owns or has tried one or both of these have any input for me, opinions? 

I will be doing just about every kind of fiber you can imagine, but I have heard that both of these carders can do them all very well.  So this is SO tough! 

It would be great to have the Strauch, but the Louet would leave me more money for other stuff.  But I want to make a smart choice, as I probably won't have the money to do it again for some time. 

Any suggestions??? Huh
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2007 03:11:42 PM »

I have a Strauch Finest. I love it! It came with the brush attatchment, which is super helpful. It's technically my boyfriends, since he bought it (but hasn't touched it!) - if I had to buy my own, I'd go with the Strauch Standard. I did a ton of research & shopping when I was considering buying one, and that was my final choice (due to price - if I had the money I'd have gone with the Finest).

Although I haven't gotten to use any other carders, I have seen the Louet roving carder in person and wasn't impressed. But I think there are a few people on crafster who own them, so hopefully someone will chime in.

I've got a question, though - how come you want the doublewide Standard? The doublewide is way more expensive than the normal Strauch Standard carder, and the Louet roving carder is really thin (4", right?) while the doublewide is like 16" wide, so I was just wondering.
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2007 04:32:40 PM »

Well, to start with, I really like the fact that the roving carder makes kind-of a "pre" roving, and I LOVE to dye roving.  However, the doublewide can just get SO much more done at a time, but then the downfall being that I have to pull all the roving from the batt.  So more or less I am lazy. Wink

I just wondered, being that the teeth seem so short, if the doublewide can actually hold alot of fiber....(I think I am stalling on the "big point" here)........

Ok, I can't lie...I have approximately 900 pounds of raw wool coming to me.  Yes, that is quite alot!  And that is why I was leaving out that little fact, because being that it is so much I already knew people would say the doublewide.  But then again they would probably be right, at least with the quantity in consideration.  From all that I hear, Strauch Carders are just THE BOMB!  Everybody that owns one is just absolutely THRILLED with it.  But with the cost being so much less, and the fact that I like to dye roving, I thought I should at least mention that I was thinking about the Louet.

So yeah, wow.   I really need to get in touch with reality...right?

But everybody, please tell me what you think of your carders, the pros and cons, and why you love it!  I am eager to hear your thoughts and opinions, and then take my education from your answers and purchase the carder that will help me most.

Thanks ahead and Happppppy Holidays,  Fiberwish
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2007 07:11:55 AM »

900 lbs!!! That's...I can't even... *speechless*

Okay, if I had 900 lbs of raw wool lumbering towards me, I would definitely go for the Strauch Finest. The Finest has a chain drive rather than a belt drive, which is better if you're going to be carding a LOT. I've read that belt driven carders are more for 'occasional' carding. Plus, it comes with the brush attachment and all sorts of little tools, and it's cheaper than the doublewide. Another thing I like about it is that it doesn't need to be clamped to a table or anything - you can set it down anywhere and it's ready to go.

My drum carder came from here:

http://bountifulspinweave.com/drumcarders.htm

Here are some drum carder threads from the knitty forums (I think you have to sign up/be a member in order to read them):

http://www.knittyboard.com/viewtopic.php?t=42475
http://www.knittyboard.com/viewtopic.php?t=59981
http://www.knittyboard.com/viewtopic.php?t=65734
http://www.knittyboard.com/viewtopic.php?t=56299
http://www.knittyboard.com/viewtopic.php?t=50982

Some craftster threads:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=183791.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=175233.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=31065.0

One more thing to keep in mind is that most carders can't handle straight raw wool. Before I put any raw wool/locks in my carder, I wash them several times and then pick through them and tease them open by hand. You don't want to stress the teeth on the carding cloth, because bent teeth will mess everything up. You can get a picker, which is a big crazy-looking machine with huge spikes that does this for you, but it's expensive.
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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2007 12:05:42 PM »

I've got a PG Deb's Deluxe which is belt driven.  I put a couple pounds of fiber on it a week and the belts hold up fine

With the amount of fiber you'll be dealing with, I agree with feralfeminine - go with a chain drive, and the largest drum you can find.  The brush is nice, but really only needed for more hair type fiber.  What type of fiber will you be processing?

Do you have a picker?  Needed if doing large quantities of fiber - also how will you be washing all this fiber??

900 lb - I couldn't imagine!
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2007 04:53:09 PM »

Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of ALLLLLL Ages.......

I GOT MY STRAUCH FINEST DOUBLEWIDE TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And OMG, it is a thing of beauty! (a tear falls from my eye)

I will be using this carder tonight and tomorrow, and I will get pics AND video so you all can see it.

If there is any certain thing you want me to show you, let me know and I will get a pic or video made up for you.

HAPPIEST HOLIDAYS!!!
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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2007 02:59:34 PM »

As for the washing...well...eh...it has been a real "trip" so far.  I do my "in lock" washing in my kitchen sink, and the "whole fleece" washing in the bath tub.  And OMG it is a LOT of work!  I actually had to go buy these special heat resisant thick black rubbery gloves because I am having my hands in the water so much that they started to get all red and ouchie.

I really like dish soap for my first wash, and then I use Softsoap hand soap for the second wash.  I don't like to over scour, it just takes the life out of the wool, and the Softsoap is really gentle.  I used to wash in a TON of dish soap and I would do 2-3 washes before I even started rinsing.  Now, I do it with just the one dish soap wash, then the Softsoap wash, then start the rinsing, and it is turning out WAY softer and not so darn dry and brittle.  I love it!
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2008 01:12:03 AM »

I put a couple pics on this:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=216889.0

Will have more soon! 

Fibers AWAY!!!!
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