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« on: March 04, 2008 08:53:04 AM »

I'm so excited!  I have about $900 that I can spend on spinning and dyeing supplies (I do love to dye as well).  I'm planning to get a babe production wheel, and would also like to get a drum carder, and a bunch of fiber, and some yarn to dye.  that way I could go back and forth between spinning, dyeing, making bats, whatever suits my mood.  doesn't that sound great!?  BUT I'm trying to figure out the best place to get a drum carder.  after I find my drum carder I'll split what's left between fiber and yarn and more dye. 

so, what should I look for in a drum carder?  do I need one with the comb attachment (or could I just get a dog brush in its place? I'm not really sure what this comb attachement is for)?  I still want to be at least a little thrifty because the less the wheel and carder cost the more $ I'll have for fiber, dye and yarn.  but at the same time I do want to be happy with my purchase in the end. 

any input, advice, or sugguestions would be greatly appreciated!

« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2008 09:03:32 AM »

I got my Louet drum carder on ebay and I LOVE it. No brush attachement for it and most of the time I don't need it but I use a wall paper brush to brush some fibers down when need be. Never used any other kind of drum carder, all I know is I am very happy with my purchase...I was between the louet and the stauch petite, happy with my choice! I went to the manufacturer's sites to read all about them, I looked at the ashford, stauch, and louet models and then shopped price after I decided. I'd plan on spending half your $$ on the DC...more if you were thinking electric...

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2008 09:16:56 AM »

I have a Patrick Green "Deb's Deluxe" that I love!!  I do not have a brush attachment - thanks for the idea about the wallpaper brush!


It is a very versatile carder.  I've had it about 4 years and now need to replace the pulley...



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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2008 10:02:29 AM »

You might also want to check out the thread above on Drum Carders Smiley

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