cobbeldi on sat 2 aug 97
Does anyone have any plans for or experience with building their own
pugmills and claymixers? Are there any books on the subject? If you have
long, involved plans, they can be e-mailed to me directly at
Debra in Alabama
Craig Martell on sun 3 aug 97
There is a lot of good info about building stuff in "The Potter's
Alternative" by Harry Davis. Great pugmill plans. Venco pugs are designed
after Harry's deairing pugmill plans.
Regards, Craig Martell-Oregon
Paul Monaghan on sun 3 aug 97
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> Does anyone have any plans for or experience with building their own
> pugmills and claymixers? Are there any books on the subject? If you have
> long, involved plans, they can be e-mailed to me directly at
> Debra in Alabama
Pugmills and Mixers, because of the forces involved, require quite a bit
of engineering. So if you're not a skilled mechanic or engineer this
would be a very ambitious project. It can be done but you would really
have to know how to spec out gear boxes, bearings, etc.
An option would be to buy old bread mixers such as a 1/2 or 1 barrel
horizontal mixer. For the pugmill you can look for Pasta Extruders.
Call any large commercial bakeries and ask them where you can get used
machinery. Also look in the yellow pages under Bakery or Restaurant
Equipment Machinery Dealers. Ask the bakeries for old copies of Bakery
Machinery magazines and trade papers. You can pull out the bingo cards
and get free subscriptions. Once you get into this community you'll
find all kinds of machinery for sale and numerous auctions. Even an old
Hobart mixer with a dough hook can be used if derated for the quantity
of clay. It's not the best, but it's better than hand mixing. Check
local trade papers for machinery auctions, etc.
So the botom line is; If you're mechanically inclined and have some
shop machines available you can build your own but it's a real project.
Paul J. Monaghan email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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