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ani

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I need to order a Pug Mill for my school program...but I don't have much experience with them and I'm not sure what brand to buy.
I'm looking at de-airing types, and also found one that is a pug mill/mixer in one. That seems cool, but I'm not sure how they hold up over time, if that's really a good thing, etc.
Help me people!


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ani,
It depends on how much clay you want to mix and if you need it to be de-aired or not.  I have used about 10 different kinds of clay mixers and pug mills and I think that the Peter Pugger PM-100 is by far the best mixer out there.  You can mix lots of clay really fast and they are very durable (we had a 20 year-old one at SUU and it is still running.)  I just bought one for my school (Jordan High) and I love it.  We use about 1500 - 2000 lbs of new clay a month my students generate nearly one 35-gallon garbage can of scrap each week.  It would be impossible for me to keep up with clay mixing with any other mixer I have used.  De-airing types can't do the volume and Soldner-type mixers would be too slow, messy, and wreck my back.  The Peter Pugger mixer extrudes the clay into tight coils that are ready to use.  I have my students wedge the clay if they are working on the wheel with it, but mostly the clay I extrude is for my ceramics 1 (mostly hand building) and sculpture classes.  Peter Pugger also makes a de-airing model of clay mixer and I don't know how well these work, but they are smaller capacity.  I talked a friend of mine in PA into buying a Peter Pugger for his college (I teach there in the summer) and to save money he bought the smaller model (PM-50) which is near the volume of the biggest de-airing machine, and it is so much slower that I made sure to get a PM-100 when we bought one for the school.  I hope that helps.  If you want to come see our Peter Pugger, let me know.  I can also give you suggestions for where to get the best price on one.  jared@jaredward.com

-Jared

ani

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Thanks so much for the info.! Did they offer you an educational discount? Did you buy straight from the company? I think price will be a factor and I might have to go for the cheaper one for that reason alone.
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