This eight-harness dobby loom is available in three weaving widths: 70, 90 and 110 cm (27 3/4″, 35 3/8″ and 43 1/4″).
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 (10 dpi), 600/800/1200 Texsolv heddles (330 mm), lease and tie-up sticks and sixteen warp sticks. You can choose between a mechanical dobby and an electronic interface.
Dobby looms have a dobby system, 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 shafts 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 pegs system. The numbered holes in the program bars correspond with shafts of the loom. If you want a shaft to be liftes, you place a peg in the corresponding hole of the program bar. The number of program bars forming the chain, can be adapted to the weave pattern. However, if the number of program bars becomes very large, you may want to consider an electronic dobby.
The electronic interface will give you almost unlimited shaft combinations using a computer and software from Fiberworks PCW, Patternland, Weavemaker, Weave It, WeavePoint, Winweef or Pro Weave, which all work with the Louët electronic interface.
Both Octado and Megado looms feature a counter march shed. This is accomplished by lifting the back beam at the same time as the shafts are being lifted. 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 to be very light in operation. This main pedal and also the optional weaving bench are adjustable in height to accommodate the weaver’s physical requirements.
Of course the Octado and Megado looms also have the Louët moving breast beam, just like the Spring and Delta looms. This unique warp tension control system 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 looms. No other multi-harness loom treadles as light and creates as large a shed, even with a very high tension on the warp.
70-8, 90-8, 110-8
Lacquered beech hardwood
Octado 70 – 115 x 99 x 127 cm
Octado 70 – 45 kg (99 lb)