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David 3 - NEW 8 Shaft Floor Weaving Loom | Louet

Louet David Compact 8 Shaft Floor Loom

The Louet David 3 is a compact eight-shaft floor weaving loom that looks modest, but in functional quality, it surpasses many other large floors looms. The Louet David 3 is available in 70cm, 90cm and 110cm weaving widths.

Like a standard counterbalance or a jack-style weaving loom, the David has a singular tie-up. The impressive shed, however, gives one the impression of a countermarch. An ingenious spring system lifts all harnesses that are not pulled down by a treadle. The spring system also results in easy treadling: once the treadle is pushed down, the weight of your leg is sufficient to keep the shed open. 

Louet David 3 is a third-generation loom that has been given the following improvements:

  • Sturdier frame: the front posts, the main uprights and the foot rail are 27 mm thick (was 21 mm).
  • Standing beater, with a hinge point close to the floor, the result is smooth movement and a favourable pivot radius to strike the fell line.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The breast beam has countersunk holes to make it easier to mount the beam on the front posts.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Folding the David is easier and there are no loose parts that can get lost.
  • Two wooden raddle covers are included 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.
  • Two side clamps are included and useful when setting up and threading the warp.
  • In addition to the assembly instructions, there are instructions on how to dress the loom.

The Louet David 3 is a beautiful loom that is easy to use, easy to tie up and compact to fit into almost all weaving studio spaces.  To tie up the David you slip the Texsolv cord over a screw corresponding to the treadle of choice, and you are ready to go.  No messing about with anchors/pegs and adjusting heights. 

The Louet David floor loom is made of lacquered beech and comes with the castle section pre-assembled to make the loom set-up a more straightforward process. The Louet David has a built-in raddle and shelf and included are a stainless steel reed 40-10 (metric), 800 Texsolv heddles (280 mm), tie-up and lease sticks and sixteen warp sticks.

The back beam on the David can be folded towards the castle when not in use allowing the loom to be moved to a corner reducing the floor space. It will also fit through most standard doors in the position allowing for ease of movement and flexibility.

A range of optional loom accessories is available for the Louet David 3. These include a second warp beam and sectional warping kit, weaving bench, stainless steel weaving reed and additional heddles.

If you have the original Louet David and would like to change the sliding beater or add a friction brake, please contact us directly to arrange a quote.  

Louet David Dimensions

  • David 70 - 36 1/4 x 33 1/2” x 50”
  • David 90 - 44” x 33 1/2” x 50”
  • David 110 - 52” x 33 1/2” x 50”

Louet David Included Accessories

Louet David Optional Accessories

Louet David weaving bench

Weaving Bench


Louet David Second Warp Beam

Second Warp Beam


Louet sectional warp kit David

Sectional Warp Kit


Louet David Stainless Steel Weaving Reeds

70cm Stainless Steel Reed

90cm Stainless Steel Reed


Texsolv heddles for Louet David

Texsolv Heddles (280mm) 

Louet David Optional Parts

Standing Beater Magic Dobby
Louet Magic Dobby Second Warp Beam

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