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    I use a lot of different clays, including clay I dig, but probably use cone 6 B-Mix, cone 6 Frost, Lizella, and cone 12 B-Mix Woodfire the most. In another thread here a while back, there was an in depth discussion of possible reasons for the problem and possible solutions and I think I'll get around to a solution sooner or later but it's on a back burner. Jim Hi Shirley, I am of course very pleased indeed that you 'really like' your Peter Pugger and please do not apologise for that, in fact more power to you for finding that it suits your needs. For me, if I can't just simply use something successfully and within a reasonable period of time, then I would rather forget it and concentrate my studio time on what I like doing best which is making ware. I am just trying to make my life much simpler or far less complicated and my experience with Peter Pugger has not worked for me sadly in that regard. The fact is I am a one clay studio and to make my life even simpler, I have surrounded myself with three kilns which are, a Geil 16 cubic foot downdraft gas kiln which is run by computer, a Skutt 10 cubic foot top loading electric kiln also run by computer and a small manual Skutt electric sample kiln. I also have a Laguna Pro-v seamless spray booth exhausted by a 10inch in-line fan through aluminum trunking to the outside as I spray or airbrush most of my glazes using a banding wheel. I also have many other studio hardware goodies to speed the process all of which seem to work well for me and all of this is crammed into about 600 square feet of studio space. So you will see from the aforementioned and I am sure you will also appreciate, that I have quite seriously tried to surround myself with no brainer stuff to smooth the path of what I like to spend my time doing the most. Sadly, the actual principle of Peter Pugger, which is indeed quite wonderful, in practice just does not seem to work for me, as much as I would dearly love it to. Michael Lewis
  2. Pugmills

    Hi Jim, YES ME. and I thought that I was alone. I have a PM- 50 deairing pugger and I agree with you. This machine is like the Kings New Clothes! The company that make it sing its praises and all I get is crap clay just like you. Also the de-airing bit keeps clogging and does not work either. I have given up basically and I don't use it any more. Frankly it was a complete waste of money. Right now it will not even pug out the clay any more and I have to take it apart to clear it out. Just a chore at this stage. I would love to sell it but I cant do that with a clear conscience. Sorry I don't have better news or a cure for you. Hi Lewis... The strange thing is that you and I are a very small minority here. Do a poll of people with pugmills or even just Peter Puggers and the majority would say they like their pugmill. I got an email from someone at Peter Pugger a few weeks ago after he saw this thread and he shocked me by starting off with admitting that the bad clay was the fault of the pugmill. He even put up a video on Utube showing how to correct this fault in the machine but then took the video down a few days later. Jim Dear Jim, I tried very hard to make my Peter Pugger work for me. Sadly it never really worked and I believe that it is a flawed concept. It is a perfect way to turn good clay into bad. My base studio clay is B-Mix and that is hard to ruin but this Pugger is really good at screwing it up. I personally have met rather few people who are really happy with theirs and there are several in my neck of the woods that do have them. All I need to do now is clean it out completely and leave it as an expensive relic, or maybe one of those who love it would like to find someone to buy mine, its has really low mileage! Michael Lewis
  3. Pugmills

    Hi Jim, YES ME. and I thought that I was alone. I have a PM- 50 deairing pugger and I agree with you. This machine is like the Kings New Clothes! The company that make it sing its praises and all I get is crap clay just like you. Also the de-airing bit keeps clogging and does not work either. I have given up basically and I don't use it any more. Frankly it was a complete waste of money. Right now it will not even pug out the clay any more and I have to take it apart to clear it out. Just a chore at this stage. I would love to sell it but I cant do that with a clear conscience. Sorry I don't have better news or a cure for you.
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