This is our Shimpo NVS-07 De-Airing Mixing Pugmill Lorraine.
We needed to switch from earthenware to B-Mix 5 so it was time to clean it out for the change. We pugged the 50 odd pounds that was in the machine and got ready to clean.
This is what the machine looks like after use.
Close up of the inside.
We used a hard plastic squeegee to get the bulk of the soft clay out.
After just a bit of scrapping.
You then unbolt the nozzle. Held on by 4 bolts. There’s a lot of clay left in the nozzle that you need to get out.
Then you have to clean the clay off the screw auger.
The screw auger is held on by one bolt.
Remove the bolt then pull out the screw auger. Scrape the rest of the clay off and we used a chop stick to ream out all the holes in the paddles.
Once the auger is out of the machine scraping the inside of the pugmill is very easy.
Then using a wet sponge wipe down the rest of the interior.
Nice thing about taking these photos is I was able to see the little bit of clay I missed.
We used a garden hose to blast clean the screw auger.
Scrap the clay from the nozzle using the plastic scraper then a wet sponge.
Then reassemble and it’s ready for more clay action.