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Octado 8 Shaft Mechanical Dobby Loom | Louet

8 Shaft Dobby Loom

The Louet Octado is available in three weaving widths: 70, 90 and 110 cm. The mechanical dobby features easy programming and light treadling of the countermarch shed.

The Octado is made out of lacquered beech hardwood and the most complex castle section is pre-assembled. Included with the loom are a shelf and built-in raddle, a stainless steel reed 40-10 (metric), 600/800/1200 Texsolv heddles (330 mm), lease and tie-up sticks and sixteen warp sticks. This listing is for the mechanical dobby option.


  • Weaving widths

           70-8, 90-8, 110-8

  • Material

           Lacquered solid beech

  • Dimensions (wxdxh)

          Octado 70: 115 x 99 x 127 cm (45 1/4“ x 39“ x 50“)
          Octado 90: 135 x 99 x 127 cm (53” x 39“ x 50“)
          Octado 110: 155 x 99 x 127 cm (61” x 39“ x 50“)

  • Weight

         Octado 70: 45 kg (99 lb)
         Octado 90: 48 kg (106 lb)
         Octado 110: 53 kg (117 lb)

Dobby looms
A dobby loom has a dobby mechanism, which is used to program the harness combinations for the weave pattern. Dobby is short for “draw boy” which refers to the weaver’s helper who was used to control the warp thread by pulling on draw threads. The dobby mechanism replaces the treadle/lam combination of the traditional floor looms. The performance of a multi-harness loom is vastly improved by using a dobby mechanism, as it overcomes the major problems associated with the use of a large number of treadles.

A dobby loom allows you to select the combination of harnesses for every shed opening you wish to make. The great advantage of a dobby loom is that it avoids the necessity and the labour involved in making multiple tie-ups to treadle positioned underneath a loom. An investment in a Louët Dobby ensures many years of comfortable and productive weaving.

The mechanical dobby is a program bar with a pegs system. The numbered holes in the program bars correspond with the harnesses of the loom. If you want a harness to be raised, you place a peg in the corresponding hole of the program bar. Your series of program bars can be as long as you like; however, if the number of program bars becomes very large, you may want to consider the computer dobby option. 

Easy treadling
Both Octado and Megado looms feature a countermarch shed. This is accomplished by raising the back beam at the same time as the shafts are being raised. The beam movement also compensates for changes in warp tension as the shed is made. An innovative construction ensures the action of the well-balanced pedal is very light in operation. This main pedal and also the optional weaving bench are adjustable in height to accommodate the weaver’s physical requirements.

As with our Delta and Spring looms, Octado and Megado have the Louet sprung breast beam, a unique warp tension control system, which allows the weaver to set and check the warp tension each time the warp is advanced.

These innovative design features give our Octado and Megado looms an indisputable advantage over other competitive products. No other multi-harness loom treadles as light and creates as large a shed, even with very high tension on the warp.

In most cases, Louet floor looms are pre-order items, and the turnaround time can be up to 12 weeks, many times it's shorter than this.  We deliver Australia and New Zealand-wide. Please note that delivery in some cases may incur an additional charge.  Please contact us to confirm delivery charges and production times.

Included Accessories

  • Built-in raddle
  • Shelf for storage
  • Stainless Steel Reed 
  • Texsolv Heddles

Octado 8 Shaft Optional Accessories

Louet sectional warp kit David

     Sectional Warp Kit


Texsolv heddles for Louet David

Texsolv Heddles (280mm)