series (both single and doublewide) have always been built with the tall, 6-inch frame so are readily upgradable.
All Mad Batt'r
series carders manufactured after Jan 1, 2016, are built on the tall, 6-inch frame and can also be upgraded. Any Mad Batt'r carders, produced in prior years, but, ordered with the tall frame option, are upgradeable.
Because of the complexity of the upgrade, these machines need to be returned to us.
Upgrading existing Strauch chain drive carders is $1375.00 for the singlewide machine and $1425.00 for the doublewides.
If you do decide on an upgrade, remember to remove the existing handle so it won't get broken. In fact, whenever you box up the carder for shipment, or if you're putting in your car to go to a show, remove the handle!
Naturally the motorized carder will not have a crank but we can use the handle elsewhere. (Waste not......want not!).
The motor drives the chain which in turn drives the drums. It's all connected together so the drums won't slip. The motorized version cannot be made to hand crank.
Putting an overriding clutch mechanism on the carder would make the machine VERY expensive. Secondly, we use an extremely high quality gear motor. Turning the drums by using a crank would be quite difficult because the motor's internal gearing.