What is a high pile machine?

A high-pile tufting machine, like the AK-III, is great for making shaggier rugs, since it can tuft piles in a range of heights up to 60mm. High-pile machines are pneumatic, meaning they use both electricity and compressed air to operate, so if you choose to invest in one, you’ll also need an air compressor. These are powerful, industrial machines best used by intermediate and advanced tufters. 

The AK-III can create both loop and cut piles from .75" (18mm) to 2.36" (60mm) tall and comes with nine pile heights needles in that range. If you’re seeking a pile even higher than 60mm, we recommend hand-tufting.

To learn more about each tufting machine, click here.

Have questions about international electrical compatibility of the AK-III? Click here.

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