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Biglou13    202

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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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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schmism    21

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.

 

my .02 

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Biglou13    202

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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Mark C.    1,800

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.

Mark

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Biglou13    202

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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Biglou13    202

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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schmism    21

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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