Louet has now launched the 3rd generation David loom which encompasses many new unique features and improvements. It now comes with a large sinking shed created from a more precise lam connection. The single set of lams that connecting the treadles and shaft movement only moves downwards.
The shed of the David III has similarities with a counter-march shed where the warp threads are pulled both upwards and downwards creating a large optimal shed (just like a countermarch loom).
With the David III, the spring force transfers through the unique cam discs. During their rotation, the force required to depress a treadle reduces, resulting in their highest position the shafts are pulled up considerably and when you press a treadle, the lighter it is and the weight of your leg is sufficient to keep the shed open which is a fabulous improvement.
The David III has the shed of a counter-march, with a simpler tie-up system. Tie-ups are easy and tie-up cords remain permanently attached to the lams and can then be moved across the lam to the appropriate treadle, at which point you only have to hook the cord to the screw head.
A description of the improvements are as follows:
Sturdier frame It has a sturdier frame: the front posts, the main uprights and the foot rail are 27 mm thick (was 21 mm).
Standing beater Standing beater, with a hinge point close to the floor, the result is smooth movement and a favorable pivot radius to strike the fell line.
Advance lever We have added a new cloth beam advance lever. It has a magnet that holds the pawl in the ratchet wheel, allowing you to advance more fabric with one movement of the handle.
Breast beam The breast beam has countersunk holes to make it easier to mount the beam on the front posts.
Tension brake on the warp beam The tension brake on the warp beam is no longer an accessory, but standard. The brake disc is much larger and is now also a crank handle with which you can wind on your warp. The handle rotates in the disc, not in your hand.
Folding Folding the David is easier and there are no loose parts that can get lost.
Wooden raddle covers We include two wooden raddle covers that you can slide over the raddle. These are useful for inserting the warp threads into the raddle and then they close the raddle when winding on your warp.
Hinge hooks The hinge hooks of the beater are mounted on the loom and not on the beater uprights. This makes it easier to remove and replace the beater.
Warp beam and the cloth beam The warp beam and the cloth beam have a larger diameter. This requires fewer revolutions to wind your warp beam and therefore less tension discrepancies in the warp threads. The sectional warp kit now has space for 4 bars that attach to the warp beam, instead of 3. This improves assembly and function.
Tie-up cords The tie-up cords for the treadles are permanently connected to the lams and can be moved above the treadles where you need them. The screw heads on the treadles are slightly smaller, making it easier to hook on the cords.
Adjust the shaft height You can now adjust the shaft height with a knurled nut and the horizontal adjustment with a screw. Therefore the small texsolv pins in the cords are no longer needed.
Side clamps Two side clamps are included and useful when setting up and threading the warp.
Instructions to dress the loom In addition to the assembly instructions, there are instructions on how to dress the loom.
We welcome any enquiries and orders on the new David III loom, however please note, the next manufacturing schedule is August 2021 so there will be a bit of a wait!!