VPM-7 PETER PUGGER PUGMILL / Clay Mixer
Order a Peter Pugger VPM-7 pugmill mixer here at Sheffield Pottery Ceramic Supplies.
VPM-7 Vacuum Power Wedger
Comes equipped with 110V electrical for standard service.
(14 lb. Max. Batch Size)
"The Vacuum Deairing Pugger-Mixer"
220V operation ($100 adder) also available for overseas operation.
Question: "When is Peter Pugger going to come up with something small for us single potter studios?"
Answer: The VPM-7 small clay mixer has arrived. With all the bells and whistles, and a price that competes with the standard "offshore" pugmills, the compact Peter Pugger VPM-7 pugmill mixer does it all. Any clay that has
not been fired can be reclaimed in the VPM-7. With the fastest mixing
times in the industry, broken green ware, slop, powder and water can be
thrown into the pugmill and reclaimed in minutes. With the latest advancements in mixing, de-airing and extruding technology, the VPM-7 small clay mixer outshines the competition. Quality, durability and proven
performance...Why settle for anything else?
Stainless Steel: Shaft, augers and paddles of stainless steel, along with aluminum mixing/pugging chamber ensures rust-free clay processing.
Large Hopper: The oversized hopper door allows for easy loading of up to 14 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 logs.
Vacuum Deaired: Each batch can be deaired by starting the vacuum
pump during the last stage of mixing, leaving an air-free product when
pugged out (no need to run the clay through the pugmill multiple times).
Once the entire batch of clay has been deaired, switch the pugmill to
PUG, and press start. Any remaining deaired clay in the machine can be
stored for later use without having to remix or deair.
Our patented vacuum design allows us to deair the entire batch of clay
without the use of cumbersome vacuum/shredding screens, or down time due
to a clogged pugmill! No other mixing pugmill on the market matches
the Peter Pugger's effectiveness at deairing clay. We guarantee it!
Sealed Chamber: Here in our Northern California Factory, each
pugmill casting has precision CNC machined o-ring grooves incorporated
into them which allows the pugmill to
effectively store moist clay indefinitely! No other pugmill on the market provides this level of precision when it comes to properly sealing all pugmill surfaces.
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.
Patented Vacuum Chamber The Patented Vacuum Chamber serves as a
separation chamber between the processing chamber (where clay is mixed
and pugged) and the gear drive system. In the event the pugmill is
overfilled, the excess clay is collected in the vacuum chamber where it
can be easily accessed and redirected back into the processing chamber
in time for the next batch (if necesary). The Vacuum Chamber door is
designed to disengage before excess clay can generate enough pressure to
damage the gear drive system. This is a key design feature for mixing
pugmills where clay is being forced up against the rear of the
processing chamber during the mixing cycle.
Pugger is the only mixing pugmill to provide extra protection against
vacuum and bearing seal exposure resulting in maintenance free
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.
Corrosion Resistant: Peter Pugger now offers a corrosion
resistant model (VPM-7SS) for potters using porcelain clay bodies with
Optional Stand: This heavy duty stand has a shelf, and the height
is adjustable. Wheels are included and can be installed on the motor
end of the VPM-7 stand for easy transport (see picture below).
The 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 14 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 1/3 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.
VPM-7 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
- Maximum Batch Capacity*: 14 pounds
- Pugging Rate: 350 lbs. per hour
- Mixing Rate: 100 lbs. per hour
- Dimensions: 33.5?L x 12?W x 13.75?H
- Crated Weight: Aluminum Version – 133 lbs. (Ships FED EX Ground)
- Hopper Door Size: 4.5? x 4/5?
- Pug Size: 3? round
- Electrical: 1/2 HP 1-phase, 6 amps at 120 volts, 4 amps at 240V
- Vacuum Pump: 1/3 HP, .9 amps at 120 volts
*Max Batch Capacity is based on material density and moisture content
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