The Wingham Drum carder is designed by us and built right here on site, allowing us to create a piece of equipment that has all the features we consider to be the most important. We think that our carder is excellent value without compromising on either materials or build quality.
The card cloth is 72 points per inch (PPI) stainless steel, the same grade as our Wingham Hand Carders. Coarser and finer grades are available, but the 72 PPI is a good balance for the vast majority of fibres that will be used. It takes very heavy use to wear out card cloth and its not something we see often, though hopefully you'll be using this carder for many years to come, so it may happen. We don't glue the cloth to the drums, making it easy to replace if required.
The main drum measures 20cm (8") in width and has a diameter of 18cm (7"). This means that your final carded batt will be approximately 56cm (22")long.
The frame is hand-made from certified sustainable European birch finished in Danish oil.
All rotating shafts are set in Oilite self lubricating sintered bronze bearings. This ensures not only that you get a smooth action on the carder but also that there is minimal wear leading to misalignment of the drums.