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  1. Has anyone used a pugmill to mix and extrude concrete before? I know pug mills are used in both ceramics and concrete industrial to make RCC and permeable concrete utilizing a paddle pugmill (at a much larger scale). But I didnt know if running a premix low slump through the pug would act as an ad hoc tybe extrusion for a unique concrete delivery experiment.
  2. I took pottery in college as a hobby while completing my degree. I loved it so much that I have slowly been trying to put together a home studio. I would like to get a pug mill/mixer so that I can mix my clay from scratch (dry components), reclaim used clay, and use the de-airing features to save time and work. I am looking into the Peter Puggers, specifically the VPM-9SS and the VPM-20. Is the stainless steal worth the extra money (in the case of these two it would be $100 extra) and a smaller hopper? Or should I go for the bigger hopper and $100 cheaper with the VPM-20. Though I have thrown on a wheel and sculpted for years I am somewhat new to this piece of equipment and any information would be appreciated!!
  3. As found groove crack after firing , Attachment :-Top view of Groove with crack in shell Item
  4. Hello. Does anyone in Los Angles have a Peter Pugger (hopefully a 20 or 30) I can come try out? I would just use clay you already have... chat a bit... bring you lunch or a coffee. I am desperate to try one to resolve my purchasing issue. I teach high school, and my last 2 pug mills (Bailey and Shampoo) had big issues. Peter Pugger does not have a single business in LA to test out a unit.
  5. My Shimpo pugmill NVA 07 manual has gone walkabout. I have googled trying to locate help but no luck. Wondering if anyone can give me some leads on this. My oil pressure gauge is playing up and as it is a vintage piece, don' want to spend $ on it. I am finding it way too heavy to dismantle it these days. would rather invest in a slab roller maybe
  6. OK, I've read most of the pugmill/mixer comments on why get one (or not), what size, and uses. I am retired, am not a production potter, and could do without a pugmill/mixer (at least until my hand/arm strength begins to fade). But, at my stage in life, I enjoy using fine equipment in my hobbies and would like to get a small to medium pugmill - not necessarily the smallest size. Now - I need to decide on the manufacturer - Bailey vs Peter Pugger. I know both manufacturers make good equipment but would appreciate hearing pros and cons on these two manufacturers including features, cost, and customer service. Comments from long time owners and recent purchasers would be greatly appreciated!
  7. Have an old 2nd hand Rathcliffe pugmill made in Stoke in Trent in the uk. Started to get rust spots around the grate so removed it totally. Now sadly just below the grate area is more rusty spots and the large nut inside the main cylinder. Wondering if there's any product out there to combat this or has anyone found an inventive way around this problem? Thanks a lot
  8. Hi, does anyone know the process for changing the oil in a walker pug mill. I think I have an idea but I'm not sure of the right fill plug. Thanks for any advice. It is the model without the reverse switch (early model). I did find a spec sheet from the manufacturer of the motor but no instructions on changing the gear oil.
  9. Hi, I have a question regarding mixing of large quantities of porcelain into colour. Like 10 kg of each colour. Would you recommend a pug mill for doing this job?
  10. My new Bailey MSV25T mixer pugmill arrived, has had its electrical needs met and I tested it for the first time this afternoon.... OMP! (Oh My Pug!) I am never never never wedging clay again! No more back pain no more wrist pain no more pain in the rump wedging! I am attaching a photo, please excuse the mess I had to move stuff all over the place to get it to fit, then had a festival, orders, etc so haven't mopped this week. I still need to add a shelf or 2 underneath and get the studio reset up in it new configuration as well. Once the studio is back in shape I'll take pictures of the whole place so you all can see and post them in my gallery. T
  11. I have a de-airing pugmill that requires 3-phase power. Does anyone know if it is possible to convert it to something more common like 220?
  12. I have and old Bluebird de-airing pugmill. It was old when I bought it, but worked well. Lately it has stopped de-airing and I am getting lots of bubbles in the processed clay. It is still trying to de-air as the pressure on the vacuum gauge varies. I am hoping I don't have to disassemble it to solve this problem. Insight would be very much appreciated. Thank you!
  13. Dear colleagues, I have to make a decision as I could have a Venco Super Twin in a few days here in my studio what would normally take months to be delivered and I have a big order of lots of plates to throw. In my research about pugmills I have come as far as that I think I have to decide between buying a Peter Pugger vpmss20 and a Venco Super Twin, both stainless steel and de-airing. I throw porcelain and run a studio production, means around 2 tons a year, getting more (sorry, I'm not a native speaker)... I'll need it in the first place for replacing the wedging of new porcelain clay as I find this extremely power- and timeconsuming for production. I let the wet material dry a little bit down to have a stiffer clay for throwing thin bigger pots. That means the clay has stiffer parts outside from the drying and softer ones inside even if I dry it slowly under a soft fabric to avoid too fast drying. I hope such a machine could mix and de-air it for having a homogen porcelain body ready for throwing. That's what I intend mainly. To reclaim crap is also an idea but not really important as I can sell trimming crap for a small money to someone who re-uses it for small sculptures. i know in stoneware de-aired clay is a gorgeous thing for throwing, but porcelain is different and it seems to absorb air whenever possible so the vacuum effect might be a problem? What I have heard about the Peter Puggers: Some potters have problems with porcelain coming out with no plasticity. Also heard a rumour that the pugging chamber of the PP is too short for good de-airing. The advantage of PP seems to be that the clay can be stiffened or dried down easily and that any stiffness doesn't seem to be a problem at all as the mill is very strong so it won't stop with stiffer clay. About the Venco: the twin spiral shall have a quite well mixing effect but the de-airing pump shall also not be so good. Another disadvantage of the Venco is that I heard it stands still if the clay is too stiff and you have to open it to pull the clay out before going on with softer clay. I'm afraid I will have spent so much money to have small air bubbles in my fired ware what must be quite horrifying and / or that I have a machine that stops when i put a bit stiffer clay for bigger pots into it. It would be SO GREAT if anyone working with porcelain with these machines could share his/her experiences... thanks so much, claude
  14. I'm about to convert my non-de-airing pug mill to de-airing. all of the designs that I have seen use wire mesh across the path of the clay to shredded into spaghetti. Is anyone aware of any other design for a de-airing pugmill?
  15. After several months of searching , I located a used Venco 3" pugmill. Haven't picked it up yet but it was left full of clay. I want to clean it out rather than cross contaminate a bunch of clay but my first cousin Murphy tells me I'll probably mess up the gaskets in the process. I want to have new gaskets on hand before I open it up. Venco says you can use two layers of "electrical tape" for a gasket but they don't spec which electrical tape. I'm sure 3M makes at least a hundred types of electrical tape. My question is, what do you use or do you buy factory spares? Any help would really be appreciated. Thanks in advance. .
  16. I looking at the Shimpo PM-071 pugmill as a possible addition to my hobby studio. I already have a vacuum pump and wanted to confirm that the Shimpo PM-071 "Standard" comes complete with the correct auger and shredding screens for vacuum de-airing. In fact, I have even had a problem proving to myself that Shimpo even uses shredding screens in this pugmill- no mention of it on their website or in any of the literature I've found.. I was told it does by Shimpo but they had no documentation to back that up. Could someone familiar with the PM-071 please give me a hand? Thanks
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