Hello fellow potters!
I am now in the market for buying a clay extruder gun. I have looked into the clay extruders sold at ceramic supply stores online, but found with shipping added it was cheaper to get a premium sausage caulking gun from Amazon with my Prime membership. This interest in replacing the clay extruder with a full barrel , aluminum, caulking gun is what brings me here!
I have been eyeing two guns in particular, but I wanted to hear from other potters on if a sausage caulking gun is a viable tool for ceramics. I was looking into the20oz 18x1 thrust ratio of the Albion engineering B18S20 B-line manual drive sausage caulking gun. I figured that with the added benefit of a higher thrust ratio it would make for a less strenuous time when pushing out coils from the gun, especially if I plan on using it frequently. The other gun is similar, but of a different brand. I have included the link below to both guns I am considering.
I want to add, that I do not have a home studio and therefor need the convenience of a mobile handheld extruder. I have used many extruders in the past, but due to recent projects am in the need of getting my own personal extruder. I have a range of clay from very soft porcelain, to mid-fire stoneware.
What are your experiences using a sausage caulking gun for an extruder, is it superior? Which of the two listed would you pick? Do you have another product suggestion? Do you feel the 26x1 ratio would be more worth it in the long run?
Albion Engineering B18S20 B-Line Manual Drive Sausage Caulking Gun, 20 oz, 18:1 Drive: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EKJVYLQ/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza?th=1
Caulk Gun, Bulk/Sausage Packs, Blk, 24 oz.: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013WAXI9Y/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza