Processes are facinating to me. I have enjoyed processing fiber almost as much as spinning it. Don't get me wrong, it's a lot of work but worth it in the end.
Of course fiber artistry is not a cheap hobby or business. Just as any other, you need the right tools for the job. Although I don't have a mill, which would be nice, I have some great equipment that helps get the job done.
I started out with some hand carders, and let me tell you they didn't get much work done. After the first sitting with a bag of wool by my side, I got through about two handfuls of wool and figured out real quick, this ain't gonna work. I like productivity, and I don't have the patience to spend two weeks hand carding a bag of wool.
My electric Brother Drum carder is closer to the level of productivity that I like. Get it done! When you have a big wheel, Country Spinner, it takes a lot of fiber to feed the beast. An electric drum carder get's us closer to feeding time.
Of course picking can be a chore, so a swing picker is in order. I tried hand picking (takes too long), but sometimes necessary when the vm is pretty bad. I tried a medium size box picker, still didn't do the trick. So swing picker is my preference, especially when you need to pick through more than once.
Hand pickers and carders are good for small production, but I like to do more faster. It'a all about the right tool for the job, but it's also about what is affordable to you and practical for your purposes.