Stainless Steel: Shaft, augers and paddles
of stainless steel, along with Stainless Steel mixing/pugging chamber, ensures
rust-free clay processing.
Large Hopper: The oversized hopper door allows for easy loading
of up to 25 lbs. of clay per batch.
Batch Mixing Capability: Full batch mixing and blending capability
allows for moisture adjustment before pugging.
Pugmill Output: Switch to PUG after a batch is completely mixed,
and the Power Wedger unloads itself in the form of 3" diameter deaired
Vacuum Deaired: Each batch can be deaired by starting the vacuum
pump when the load is mixed. Air is removed during the last stage of
mixing, leaving an air-free product when pugged out.
Our patented vacuum design allows us to deair
the clay without the use of cumbersome vacuum screens!
Sealed Chamber: Leaving moist clay in the Power Wedger is not
a problem. All the openings are sealed so clay will stay moist indefinitely.
Intellectual Mixing Technology: Real-time monitoring of clay
consistency can be accomplished while mixing. Similar to an automatic
transmission, the Pugger-Mixer can automatically speed up or slow down
based on the hardness of the clay being processed. The operator can
also control the speed by controlling the variable speed knob.
Variable Speed Control: This allows the operator the ability
to speed up or slow down the pugmill. This is especially useful when
extruding through dies. Because of the back pressure generated by a
large amount of clay being forced through a small orifice, the speed
control allows the operator to slow the pugging as required. In turn,
perfect deaired configurations are easily extruded through the Pugger-Mixer.
There are additional advantages if you are a "single potter studio".
The ability to slow the pugging allows for time to place pugged clay
into containers or bags.
Stainless Work Surface: The stainless steel work surface creates
a durable work surface for convenience of the operator while loading.
The work surface is 12" x 14".
CAPABILITIESThe Power Wedger is the most versatile studio clay processing machine
on the market today. It can perform a variety of functions efficiently,
transforming clay in any form to a usable product.
-Mix moist clay from powder and water.
-reclaim scrap - wet or dry.
-Blend two or more different bodies.
-Add materials (wet or dry) to an already moist body.
-Adjust moisture of an already wet body.
-OR just mix a 25 lb. bag of clay - literally warm the clay by mixing it.
When the clay is adequately mixed, it can be deaired with vacuum and
pugged out in the form of logs ready for use.
It is not necessary to continuously hand-feed the Power Wedger as
with standard pugmills. Load a full batch, close the lid and turn it
on - this eliminates exposure to moving paddles. The Power Wedger shuts
off automatically when the lid is opened. All machines are equipped
with a thermal overload for protection against overheating.
Vacuum is provided by a 1/16 HP double-headed rocking piston type diaphragm
pump. These new technology pumps are the simplest and quietest vacuum
source available. They are maintenance-free and long lasting.
The VPM-9 Power Wedger does not require a large
vacuum pump because the clay is continuously exposed to vacuum in the
sealed mixing chamber. Once the clay chamber is evacuated,
the vacuum pump can be turned off.
With the removal of four bolts, the entire mixing/pugging chamber can
be removed so it can be conveniently washed off. The paddles are then
easily accessed for cleaning. Cleaning is necessary only to avoid cross
contamination. Since the machines are completely sealed, moist clay
can be stored indefinitely without drying out.
Cleaning is necessary only to avoid cross-contamination. Since the machine
is completely sealed, it can be left for long periods of time without
the clay drying out.