Standard Floor Loom

SCHACHT STANDARD FLOOR LOOM

Our Standard floor loom comes in two styles: The Standard Low Castle and The Standard High Castle. Though both looms take up identical floor space, the lower profile of the Low Castle model appears visually smaller. A High Castle loom includes a storage tray and holes drilled in the top of the castle uprights for the swivel pin of an extension lamp, otherwise the looms function the same. Both the Standard Low Castle and the Standard High Castle looms are availablein 36″ and 46″ wide weaving widths.

All Standard floor looms may be ordered with eight or Four Now-Four Later* shaft options. The number of shafts you choose will depend on the kind of weaving you intend to do. Though most weave structures can be woven on four shafts, additional shafts increase your pattern options extensively. If you have a keen interest in pattern drafting and weave structures, eight shafts will allow you to fully develop this interest.

The Schacht Standard floor loom has an under-slung jack mechanism to raise the shafts. The jacks pivot from two points equidistant from the center and lift the shafts by pushing up on the center point. We employ a parallel lamm system which gives our looms a light treadling action. Because of this parallel lamm, it isn’t necessary to adjust the tie-up cords.

Our tie-up system is quick and easy to use. Pre-measured nylon tie-up cords hang from the lamms and are attached to a treadle by sliding the appropriate cords into the treadle slot. This makes changing tie-ups very fast.

Other special features of our Standard floor looms include: friction reducing aluminum shaft channels, a back beam which folds with or without a warp on the loom, removable back and breast beams, and an adjustable open-sided beater. Our braking system employs a ratchet and dog on the cloth beam and a friction brake on the warp beam. This combination give you precise tension control at all times.

*”Four Now – Four Later” (4N4L) is an eight harness loom shipped with only four harnesses installed, but with the capacity to add an additional four harnesses. You can purchase a kit to add four harnesses at a later time. 4N4L looms are shipped with all the heddles, tie-ups and other items normally included with an eight harness loom.

Accessories


Sectional Beam
Our sectional beams are easily assembled and can be installed on the existing warp beam of your Schacht loom at any time. Sectional beams for Standard floor looms have 2″ sections and a one half yard circumference. They are available in maple or cherry with maple pegs.
Raddles
Raddles help keep a warp spread evenly as it is wound onto the warp beam. Ours have built-in clamps and can be attached to either the loom’s back beam or the shuttle race of the beater. Raddles come with plated pins inserted every inch and with holes drilled every half inch with enough extra pins included should you prefer half-inch spacing.
Double Back Beams
To facilitate different warp tensions for weave structures such as warp pile, supplementary warp, and Bedford cord. A double back beam is a helpful accessory to add to your loom Installation is straight-forward; holes have been predrilled in the loom for easy assembly. Double beams come with a separate brake.
Standard Floor Loom with lamp holder
The Standard Low Castle with lamp holder, shown on low castle loom. The high castle loom has a hole for the lamp in the castle side.
Loom Bench with bench bags

FLOOR LOOM MANUAL (PDF)
MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS and WARRANTY (PDF)

FLOOR LOOM SPECIFICATIONS

Weaving Width

36″

46″

Overall Width 44″ 53″
Height at Breast Beam 32″ 32″
Height Low Castle 37″ 37″
Height High Castle 46″ 46″
Depth Open 38″ 38″
Depth Folded 26″ 26″
Weight 8-Shaft 125lb 141lb
Weight 4Now-4Later 110lb 125lb
Weight High Castle +10lb
Weight Shipping 15lb 16lb
Weight 4Later Kit +27lb
Heddles-8 Shaft 1000 1000
Heddles 4Now-4Later 1000 1000

FLOOR LOOM ACCESSORY SPECIFICATIONS

Name Dimensions Weight
36″ Double Back Beam 19lb
46″ Double Back Beam 22lb
36″ Sectional Beam 9″ x 3″ x 2″ 7lb
46″ Sectional Beam 8″ x 3″ x 2″ 9lb
Raddle for up to 26″ 29.5″ x 3″ x 1″ 1.5lb
Raddle for up to 40″ 44.5″ x 3″ x 1.5″ 1.5lb
Raddle for up to 48″ 52.5″ x 3″ x 1.5″ 3lb
Lamp Holder 4.5″ x 2.5″ x 1.25″ 8oz

 REEDS AND HEDDLES

36″ and 46″ Reeds Total Length: weaving width + 1″
Total Height: 5″
Inserted Eye Heddle 9″ from eye center to center, .25″ eye
Texsolv String Heddle 9.375″ end to end, .5″ eye