The Strauch 200 Series carder is well-designed and versatile. You may purchase the 200-series model with 72, 98, or 128 teeth per sq. in. with the 128 toothed-one the most common for all-around carding. The Slicker-Licker (small drum) has broader straight copper-plated teeth which allow less build up on the small drum.
The 200 Series Strauch carders have a solid ash frame finished with tung oil; this chain-driven carder has a drum ratio of 4:1. Here's some information to help you decide which cloth you need:
- Model 205 with the fine 128 tpi cloth designed to handle all fibers, including Merino, llama, alpaca, cashmere blend, dog hair and other exotics
- Model 203 with the medium 98 tpi cloth can be used successfully for coarse to middle range fiber such as Cheviot and Romney as well as adult mohair. Useful for long fibers such as border Leicester to get a deep batt. Not recommended for finer fibers.
- Model 202 with the 72 tpi cloth for very coarse fibers, especially for felting
Whichever carder you select, you'll benefit from these standard features on the Strauch 200 carders:
- a large drum 7" in diameter and 8/14" wide to produce a batt approximately 8" wide and 22" long
- the popular Knuckle-Saving-Batt-Pick, an invaluable tool for removing the batt without damage to the equipment or the user
- a Doffer/Cleaner Brush to thoroughly and easily clean any residual fibers from the carding drum
- a small cleaner/dabber brush for use on the licker drum
- the Brush Attachment to hold fibers down; especially useful for fine fibers
- Optional table clamps are available separately to secure the carder to the table
Note: The low profile of this machine--the frame is 4" high--requires that it be used on the edge of a table to allow for the motion of the crank.
The Strauch carders come with a lifetime guarantee covering all labor should readjustment, repair, replacement, or modification be required. They are made in New Castle, Virginia.
Good deal! Yarn Barn will pay the shipping on this carder by UPS Ground within the 48 contiguous states. If you are outside this geographic area, we will pay a portion of your shipping.