VPM-30 Vacuum Power Wedger
(85lb. Max. Batch Size)
"The vacuum deairing Pugger-Mixer"
120V and 240V models available
Shaft, augers and paddles of stainless steel, along with aluminum mixing/pugging chamber, ensures rust-free clay processing.
The mixing paddle/auger assembly is removable for ease of cleaning
The 8" x 8" hopper door opening allows for easy loading of up to 85 lbs. of clay per batch.
Batch Mixing Capability:
Full batch mixing and blending capability allows for moisture adjustment before pugging.
Switch to PUG after a batch is completely mixed, and the Power Wedger unloads itself in the form of 3" diameter deaired logs.
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!
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.
The VPM-30 comes with 6" diameter wheels. It is easily transported for cleaning and storage.
The motor and drive are enclosed for protection, cleanliness and safety. A 14" x 20" cleanable work surface is provided on top for convenience of the operator while loading.
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 (anything that has not been fired).
-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 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 1/2 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-30 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.
The VPM-30 comes with 6" wheels so it can be easily moved to a cleaning site. The auger and mixing blades are removable so they can be conveniently washed off. With the mixing blades removed, the mixing chamber is easily accessed for cleaning.
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.
120V model requires 20 Amp dedicated Circuit