Dec 2015. This was my 4th year of building Fleece O Matics, and orders are gaining momentum ( 90+ machines are running in 5 different countries). I have shipped Fleece-O-Matics to Great Britain, Australia, Canada, and Nova Scotia. The design was influenced by the need to ship cost effectively around the world.
I also developed the Bean Machine and Bit-O-Fluff simultaneously and the popularity for these tools are also requiring my efforts. So, For those who plan on buying this Spring, please get your orders in as early as possible, so that I can schedule your tumbler as efficiently as possible. Normal turn around time is 2-4 weeks, but delivery schedule can extend up to 6 weeks during busy times. Thanks , Don
....."its tumbulutionary in design"
Important News: A recent industry study was conducted thru a collaboration of 3 different entitys a Fiber Mill, a Retail Store, and a testing laboratory with the goal of finding out what happens to Fleece micron during the fiber milling process!!!
Fleece samples were collected from several stages of the milling process with particular focus on the dehairing machine. Hundreds of histograms were recorded from samples taken before & after different stages of processing. Dehairing machine samples taken from of the "removed hairy fleece" contained much of the Very fine fleece that we Don't want removed!!!...... Results indicated that dehairing can actually INCREASE the overall microns of the final product !!!!! Infact, performing double dehairing exaggerated the negative results.
The researchers concluded that "TUMBLING" the fleece in their
Fleece-O-Matic was more effective at lowering the microns and improving uniformity, than their expensive dehairing machine . Tumbling significantly removes the thicker primaries WITHOUT removing the fine fleece too!........
Our Design looks simple , but don't let its clean looks fool you! Keeping in step with our entire line of custom designed herd maintenance equipment, the Fleece-O-Matic has been engineered for safety and efficiency. Yes, we did the right thing and enclosed all of the dangerous belts and pulleys. We also removed heavy steel fabrication that is unnecessary for the process of tumbling 5lbs of fleece! , ......literally, a box and a basket. But read on and see what Benefits you will find absolutely awesome from our new tumbler design. -Significantly Lower shipping costs - Unlike other tumblers, Our tumbler has no heavy frame to ship, and the tumbler detaches into 2 components requiring 2 shipping boxes that will be delivered to your door. Shipping is generally $280-$350 in the U.S.. Email us for specific cost info. shipping is charged just prior to shipment.
-Eliminate fleece contamination by specifying designated "color baskets" . Example; Use 1 basket for white fleece ONLY,use a different basket for black ONLY, etc.... This is the ONLY tumbler on the market that was designed to accommodate this important facet of the fleece processors' world.
-Ergonomic Design......Mount at any wall height to Prevent YOU from EVER bending over . The large 30" opening allows EASY access to fleece
mount to the desired height for no bending operation!
- The Fleece O Matic was Engineered with a focus on QUALITY craftsmanship and "no fiber-snagging" design. Why does the Fleece O Matic not snag fiber like some other tumblers? We custom order 1/8" diameter wire mesh , which is VERY thick for wire mesh. Since the wire is thick, fiber will not wrap around the chicken wire like some other tumblers Ive seen. The wire is coated with a thick layer of PVC. This heavy gage wire resists any type of collapsing of wire basket.
-No frame, means NO suicide support bar under the spinning fiber cage. This feature always scared the heck out of me and would not pass any State Safety Inspection. A child or pet can be severely injured with those types of tumbler designs. Think Safety !
-The Fleece-O-Matic put SAFETY First: NO wires, NO belts, No Pulleys exposed tooperator. You will need toget a screwdriver and remove 10 screws to get inside the danger zone.
- As users keep pointing out to me, this is the most Quiet tumbler they have ever used, other than our new Bit-O-Fluff tumbler design.
-Hang it on ANY wall. That's right,Folks , the wall is our friend and support frame. Our Gorilla bracket attached to your wall can hold up to 350 lbs, and the Fleece-O-Matic weighs just over 100 lbs.
-Our fiber basket size 36" x 24", an excellent size for one alpaca blanket of 3-5lbs. However, we can produce a variety of custom basket sizes to fit on this machine.
- We designed this tumbler to rotate either direction. Some say it cleans better when changing directions, but a more practical advantage is you can aim your dust to blow one of two directions.
- Im now offering a timer switch to allow you to set it up to an hour, then leave, and comeback when you get around to it.
-Our Tumbler easily fits into All garages or storage sheds, taking up no floor space and requiring only a3'x 4' space to operate. Also, is the only tumbler on the market that 1-person can carry downstairs to the basement.
-Our design allows us to easily Customize baskets for your personal needs. Larger, Smaller, different mesh openings, etc.... As your business grows, we can assist with your new needs. simply add to your basket collection :)
-Lift Fleece-O-Matic from wall and load in SUV within minutes to take to fiber mania events!....... use a Workmate 200 (see photo below) to support the Fleece-O-Matic when no wall is available. These can be purchased on Amazon for $70)
-The Fleece-O-Matic basket mounting system allows ANY basket to fit on ANY Fleece O Matic motor box. Over time, collect different custom baskets.
-lightweight basket 35lbs allows for anyone to quickly attach and detach locks in seconds! -Our custom made thick gage wire (.110") with .500" openings comes standard, is VERY durable product, and prevents fiber snagging.
-mount extra mounting brackets anywhere: garage for rainy days, basementfor winter, barn wall or fence line forsunny summer days. Extra mounting brackets cost only $15. Mount on a folding Workmate 200 bench at shows.
-Space Saving ( AlpacaRosa's entire product line has gained the reputation for space & time efficiency innovativeness to aid the alpaca breeder)
- The Fleece O Matic comes with 14 fiberglass seperators, uniquely designed to penetrate the fleece and open it up during the tumbling process.
-Quiet operation( motor completely enclosed in wooden box). The Mills are loving this NO Sound operation.
-The mobility virtues of this tumbler encourages friends to share the motor box which easily fits in the front seat of any car. We recommend friends buying their own baskets.
If you are interested in this unit for your store, barn, garage ,or mobile venue contact me (Don, 330-618-9768). These are manufactured here on the farm in our factory and sell for only $1400 . Consider buying a Fleece O Matic for your farm, spinning guild, or fiber art group. The portability advantages of this tumbler make it a natural. As you can see from the picture, Im now up in production, and getting nice feedback from users. It has been a few years now since I produced my first prototype Fleece O Matic.....still in use in a fiber mill! I now have 90+ Fleece O Matics in production all over the US , Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. (April 2015)
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