Strauch 200 Series - Single Wide Chain Drive Drum Carder
The mid-range Strauch chain drive drum carder is made from solid ash with a Watco Danish oil finish and as with all Strauch drum carders comes standard with the Brush Attachment. The three working tools (Batt picker, doffer brush, dabber brush) are included with each carder.
The 200 Series drum carders are the only series that comes with a choice of carding cloth for the large drum: fine, medium, and coarse.
Model DC-205 with the 05 fine-128 tpi.cloth. Designed to handle ALL fibers including merino, llama, alpaca, cashmere, dog hair and other exotics.
For those with specialized carding needs, there are two coarser styles of card cloth available for the carding drum (the large drum). All cloth uses 3/8" long plated steel wire in a tough rubberized cloth backing. The price for either of these two carders is the same as the DC205:
Model DC-203 with the 03 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 DC-202 with the 02 coarse-72 tpi.cloth. For very coarse fibers specifically for felting.
The 200 Series uses a smaller sprocket yielding a turning ratio of 4:1. Because of this the frame height is 4" and therefore this carder has to be at the edge of the work surface, allowing the crank to clear the table.
Also, due the frame height, a motorized version is NOT available. If you are planning in the future on having a motorized carder, consider the Finest. It can be upgraded at a later time.