A belt-driven 6.5" drum carder, perfect for the handspinner who does not card large amounts. Carder has an MDF frame with oak grain and maple cross-members. Small drum is adjustable and sports "slicker-licker" cloth. Carding cloth is extra fine (128 tpi) to handle fine, medium and coarse fibers. Comes with a sliding in-feed tray. Complete with Knuckle-Saver-Batt-Picker, doffer brush, dabber brush and table clamp.
Note: this model cannot be motorized because it is a light duty machine and not constructed to withstand the stresses imparted by a motor.
All Strauch Drum Carders come standard with a packer brush. The packer brush attachment is positioned over the top of the large drum just after the space where the two drums are the closest. It is placed in the most efficient location, where the fiber enters the carder.
The function of the brush is to:
- Keep fiber from flying away (as happens with angora)
- Push the fiber down into the teeth of the large drum (hence producing a fuller, loftier batt)
- Assist in the carding operation by firmly brushing the fiber after it has been initially carded by the counter rotating in feed and take up drums. It almost acts like a "third drum".
- Overall Dimensions
- Length: 16"
- Width: 10"
- Height: 11"
- Large Drum - 7" in diameter x 6.75" wide
- Small Drum - 2" in diameter x 6.75" wide
- Batt Produced - Approximately 6.5" wide x 22" long
- Batt Picker
- Doffer Brush
- Dabber Brush
- Table Clamp
- Packer Brush Attachment
Product Review By: Taevia Magee
The Petite is the perfect carder for a hobby Fiber Arts Enthusiast. It is very sturdy and compact making it easy to store when not in use. It has a generously sized drum for the size of the carder to make a nice sized batt. My Petite has handled every fiber I've thrown at it including; Jacob, Merino, Romney, Corridale, Tunis, bamboo, silk, glitz, and more. IÛªve done processing of fleeces, blending fiber types, and color blending on my Petite. I love how it does not have to sit at the edge of a table because the handle does not swing down lower than the carder so I can use it anywhere at home, just not on a specialized work surface. That flexibility is a must as I need my fiber arts equipment to be portable and versatile!