Having a minimum of 8 shafts would be great but more is always better! Then there is the size - I would want a weaving width that this wider than the Dorset which is about 20", as I think I would do some rugs, and for that the loom has to be floor loom. Then should it fold or be fixed. Either way the loom can get rather big. I have the space in the house for it but when I retire and if we move, would I have the space for it then?? And then there is the cost - they are not cheap used and finding a used one locally (so I don't have shipping costs) is not easy.
And... if the new loom could be folded, would I sell the Dorset???
Since I have been weaving down at the Barn, I have been on an 8 shaft loom that has about a 3 foot (plus some) weaving width. I have realized that having access to this loom would allow me to weave those rugs...
So I began to rethink my loom requirements. An 8 shaft loom would be nice so it is now down to size. Having portability would be really nice so I set my sights on a Mighty Wolf: 8 shafts, 10 treadles, 36" wide. I could do scarves, small rugs, table sets, fabric for my sewing.....
ohhhh, be still my palpitating heart.
I started to stalk eBay, Craig's List, Weaving Store websites, used equipment sites hoping to snag one.
Then this past Sunday, I found on eBay a used 16-Shaft loom.
YES 16 SHAFTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is a Northwest Loom Pioneer table loom that has a weaving width of 20". So I snagged it for $350 which is half of what it would cost new. I figure if I want to make something more than 20" I can do a double width and still have 8 shafts!
I can pick the loom up as it is within an hour drive of my house. I am now working out when to go get it . I expect to have it in about a week. Here is a picture