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Rotary Wool Cleaner (2)

Today I spent the day filing the edges smooth, removing any metal burrs/ribbons, drilling the barrel, cutting hardware cloth to size, riveting it into place, and mounting the 2 x 4 bats inside the wool cleaner.  I still have some strips of metal to install that will cover certain exposed edges of the hardware cloth and not allow the wool to catch when it is being spun…

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Rotary Wool Cleaner

It starts with a steel barrel… DSC00027

…using an angle grinder I opened the barrel to allow the flow of air through the fleece once the installation of hardware cloth on the inside is complete…

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…I predrilled 2″ x 4″ x 32″ bats inside to assist in both making the barrel more rigid, and to cause more agitation of fibre as the drum revolves…

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…the bats will be removed and the mesh will be installed tomorrow and a plywood disc cut to close the other end.