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  1. Fiber Processing Package- Save when purchased together!

    Starting at
    $997.60
    If you have your own animals, you like to buy fleeces and process them or you just like combing fibers to create your own custom blends then the tools in our Fleece Processing Package are a necessity.
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    David Custom Triple Drum Carder Fine 120 DPI 2 IN STOCK

    David Custom Triple Drum Carder Fine 120 DPI

    $720.00
    SALE $655.00
    Awesome drum carder for the money and only 3 drum carder we carry! 3 Drums will help get rid of left over dirt and powdery debris from fibers after combing...
  3. David Custom Triple Drum Carder Standard 90 DPI

    $695.00
    SALE $635.00
    Awesome drum carder for the money and only 3 drum carder we carry! 3 Drums will help get rid of left over dirt and powdery debris from fibers after combing...
  4. Ashford Superfine Drum Carder 120tpi

    Starting at
    $635.00
    Card and blend fibers and colors quickly and efficiently. This new, improved model has two ratios for even more flexibility and control when carding and blending. Use the 6:1 ratio to prepare your fleece. The controlled intake and carding will produce a smooth even batt ready for blending, spinning or felting...
  5. Ashford Wide Drum Carder - wool fiber processing

    Starting at
    $725.00
    Card and blend fibres and colours quickly and efficiently. This new model has even more flexibility and control when carding and blending...
  6. Ashford Wool Drum Carder - Fine Cloth

    Starting at
    $610.00
    The Ashford Drum Carder is a great little workhorse for general processing of fiber. The Ashford Hand Cards are great but when you need to blend or process large amounts of fiber more efficiently this carder does just the trick.
  7. Ashford Wild Drum Carder

    Starting at
    $510.00
    Are you an Artyarn fanatic? The Wild carder has been specifically designed for today’s fabulous, fun and funky art yarns! The extra long 72ppsi teeth allow you to include differing fibers, fabric, ribbons, feathers, paper and novelties to create unique blends. The packer brush is adjustable and will control fine, low-crimp fibers and increase the size of the batt. The drum clearance is also adjustable which allows you to set the teeth distance for total control of your fiber. This is a great little carder for small batch processing but if you need to do quite a few fleeces...make sure to checkout our larger carders.
  8. Ashford Wool Drum Carder - Coarse Cloth

    Starting at
    $610.00
    The Ashford Coarse Cloth Carder is great for Artyarn batts and processing of coarse fibers types in bulk like Churro for rug yarn. For everyday processing of standard to fine wool look at the fine carder not this one.
  9. Ashford Wool Drum Carder - fiber processing

    Starting at
    $610.00
    Process wool from fleece from your own sheep with this basic economical carder! With the Ashford wool drum carder you can make custom batts and blends just the way you like them...

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Drum Carders

Preparing wool for spinning is a multi-step process that takes time and attention to detail before usable fibers are ready for spinning. A drum carder or wool carder is a tool used to turn sheared wool into batts. You always have the option to use hand cards, however when processing larger amounts of wool, the carder will make the process a lot quicker! The drums work together to quickly and easily blend and card fibers for spinning or felting. The carded fibers are ready to be torn into pieces for spinning your custom yarns or felting in a multitude of projects.

A typical wool carder will be a fine which means is has medium coarse teeth great for nearly any standard or fine wool you throw it.  A course cloth carder generally has fewer points and is used to card coarse fleece or used for novelty or specialty blending. Carders come in various sizes and may be double or triple drum. While most carders are manually operated, there are electrical drum carders that make it easier to process larger amounts of fleece because you are able to use both hands to feed fiber into the machine. Whether you choose a manual or electrical model, drum carders are a great advantage in processing fleece for your specific project applications.

At Paradise fibers, we love discussing the latest products and techniques. Give us a call if you are unsure which carder is best for the fibers you process or applications you have in mind for your fiber batts. We can also recommend other resources, videos, or classes if you are in the Spokane area. We offer in-store classes on a rotating basis and are always willing to answer any questions if you are in the area and just want to stop by and check out our store in person!

While most wool carders include a doffer brush and a doffer pin, check to be sure that they are included in any carder you are considering, if not they should be purchased separately. You may also want to purchase a drum card cleaning brush, or a short awl for doffing a carder brush. Both are sold separately if not included in the carder you select. If you cannot locate the products, or equipment you are searching for online, please give us a call at 1-888-320-7746. It is possible we have what you are looking for in-store. If not we are always ready to help you find specialized equipment that is right for your project!