While designing and building approx 100 Fleece-O-Matics ( our PREMIUM tumbler, since 2011 ), I've heard a lot of feedback from customers expressing their pleasure of it's ergonomic features , and handcrafted look..........
.......... But, I met several frugal hobbyists along the way who emphasized they didn't need the frills, nor ruggedness of the commercial grade capacity tumbler. They were more concerned about space, total cost of unit and functionality. Shipping fees are generally a major consideration of any Tumbler costs and was focal point during my design of the lightweight Bit O Fluff with collapsable basket and fold up stand. The Bit O Fluff represents my solution for the fiber hobbyist's budget needs.
The Bit O Fluff was designed as an affordable, functional, portable, lightweight hobbyist tumbler. Material weight and material costs played a key role in this design to keep shipping costs down. The Bit O Fluff was not designed as an attractive PRETTY show piece, but as a bare bones functional tool that can tumble clean 2 lbs of fleece. The basket can collapse along with a fold up stand, for easy travel and storage.
The support stand is made from easy cleaning, laminate shelving material, allowing for fast cleanup after each tumbling.The basket ismade of strong corrugated plastic and plastic wire mesh, which allowedcost reduction design features never before seen in fleece tumblers.
Please keep in mind that the average tumbler on the market weighs approx 200 lbs, this one comes in at 37lbs!!!!!.... but also keep in mind that the fiber you intend to tumble only weighs 2 lbs!!!!!! do you really think a machine weighing 200lbs is required to tumble 2 lbs of fleece?
Stick with my products folks, I get rid of the excess engineering, commonly found in our industry, which adopted existing age old technological designs developed for "other" industries and purposes.
My Premium tumbler, The Fleece O Matic,was a breakthrough in overall machine weight when it came off the assembly line at 110lbs. It tumbles 5 lbs of fleece, and is a beautifully hand crafted machine with many ergonomic features.
Normal Turn around time for this tumbler is between 2-4 weeks, but can get longer during busy times.
........"Yes we have used the Bit-O-Fluff, and it works well. Love the small footprint and the weight of it. Planning on using it outside on the deck of the studio, once I build the deck in the fall. Much to hot at the moment. Its a great little tumbler!"
This tumbler was designed for the small breeder or hobbyist fiber artisan who cares more about budget and space than about productivity. Lightweight construction weighs ONLY 38lbs......inexpensive $1050 (plus shipping)........cheap to ship around the world!!!!.......Simple to use...... and an innovative design that has come to be expected from the products produced at AlpacaRosa Farm.
The basket size is approx 28" diameter and 20" wide. I have tumbled 3lbs of suri fleece and 2 lbs of huacaya fleece at a time. It KNOCKS out those primaries and reduces your fleece micron to help allow you to make more VALUABLE products!
The absolute quietest and compact tumbler on the market today.
The stand folds up into a 12" x16" x8" box. The basket arrives to you in peices that require NO TOOLS for assembly. Just follow the easy directions and spend 30 minutes assembling and tightening the wing nuts!
Bit o Fluffs have been shipped to Australia, Europe, UK, New Zealand, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Canada