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#1 Biglou13

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 08:21 AM

its an older  model

any ideas on dates of mfgr

any one have any info on

i have lead on one that is somewhat geographically desireable.

 maybe photos of manuals

any opinions welcome


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#2 SmartsyArtsy

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 12:03 PM

Email shimpo. I was just presented with an opp to purchase an old model and emailed them. They replied within a day giving me very valuable info and probably saved me money. Just go to their website and hit contact us

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 10:30 AM

shimpo never emailed me back


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Posted 04 May 2014 - 12:34 PM

Do you have a mixer already?

 

My research has lead me to believe that if your going to buy a pug mill.  get one that has a mixing function.

 

I mean if its a screamin deal (5-800) it may be hard to pass up just to have one.   But if its not ($1500 +-) then i would just save a few more dolla bills for a mixing version.

 

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#5 Biglou13

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:21 PM

No mixer
I slurry mix my clay then dry down to throwable body.
I've hand wedged 80# it was a bit of a workout
Doesn't sweat improve clay.

Good drill and mortar/paint stirrer

It's really not that hard.

Maybe I have pottery equipment lust.
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#6 Mark C.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 01:35 AM

I cannot answer any of your shimpo concerns other than check on parts and service

I can say that a petter mixer pugger is a great machine that is well thought out and has great parts and service.

I was around two more (other than mine) on molokai and they worked well in a community art setting.One for white one for brown clays.

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 07:56 PM

Ok I found another one of these.

Shimpo nra -03

Good price. Well taken care off
Shimpo says no parts available here or japan.... (Except for motor)
We have a machinist cousin

Any reason not to get this.

Anyone here still have one?
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Posted 05 August 2014 - 09:52 AM

So you willing to share what  "good price"  means for you?



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 03:31 PM

$500 ish
Owner has known this kiln from original purchase date last used in small garage classroom
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Posted 05 August 2014 - 07:43 PM

Anyone ..... Anyone.......
Beuhler.......
Anyone..............
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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:18 PM

Ok since I didn't hear from anyone.
And against advice from shimpo. I bought it. Well me and a friend bought it. ($500)
But.........

It may have issues. This came from a school the teacher bought it from surplus school,sale for privates home teaching studio.
I tried to pug prepared clay when I got it home and it bogged out ...... Pretty much froze. .....prepared clay!!

Since. Pugs are not coming out perfectly round im assuming it needs a good cleaning. I'll post a report after disassembly and cleaning on Saturday. I'll call shimpo tomorrow and get some advice.

Any advice here is greatly appreciated.!
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Posted 07 August 2014 - 01:23 PM

I would have advised the cleaning before you tossed clay in it.   Its my understanding that dryed clay inside the bore is a recipe for disaster,  but its a bit late for that tidbit  ;)

 

Take some pics and show us the process.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 09:24 PM

Chamber and auger are pitted
I'm going to try and return
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Posted 09 August 2014 - 01:32 PM

im going to check belt tommorow


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#15 Mark C.

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 03:19 PM

small pits will not matter-lack of parts will.

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