NORTH STAR Slab Rollers

Slab RollersNorth Star Super & Standard Slab Rollers

North Star Slab Rollers are made in two series: The Standard series used by hobby potters and students everywhere and the massive Super series, at home in industrial, institutional and production settings around the world.

The most obvious differences are these: Standard machines are made in `18", 24" and, on special order, 30" widths. They have rolls 2 1/2" in diameter, tables are 48" long with the roller in the center and the handle drives the bottom roll directly. Super machines are much heavier, tables are 72" long, rolls are 4" in diameter, there is a 4.33:1 steel gear reduction between handle and roll. They are made 24", 30" and 36" wide, and they come only with a Wagon Wheel handle.

 

All North Star machines have two rolls, much like the wringer of an old-fashioned washing machine.  Both rolls have a small diamond pattern ("knurling") machined Knurling Slab Roller Rollsdirectly into the metal to grip the canvas.  The bottom roll is turned by the handle, but cannot move vertically.  As it turns, it drives the top roll through a train of gears.  The upper roll both turns and can be adjusted up and down.  The two rolls turning together pull slabs through easily, and the vertical adjustment of the top roll gives an easy-to-set and infinitely adjustable thickness from paper-thin to over 2 inches.  A reference scale allows setting and repeating openings to within 1/100 of an inch.

The design gives great flexibility in making slabs.  Very thin, translucent porcelain slabs and thick, heavily textured architectural slabs are equally easy.  A wide variety of other texturing materials and objects can be passed through the machine along with the clay. Slabs can be rolled either direction or reversed on all North Star machines.


SR Package
 

CONSTRUCTION

Bodies and rolls are made of cast and carefully machined high-strength special alloy aluminum.  Gears are made of the strongest material available for this application, nylon or steel.  Bushings are nylon and the remaining parts (except plastic gear covers and knobs) are machined steel.  Table frames are 14-gauge steel.  Tabletops are of moisture-resistant Medex with a melamine surface.  Metal surfaces are zinc plated or coated with a durable powder coat finish.   Virtually no maintenance is required, and the simplicity of the design ensures that any repair ever needed will be quick and easy.
 


 


 

HIGH DESIGN & GREAT ADVANTAGES

  • Every part carefully designed and made for its intended purpose.  No off-the-shelf or inferior parts or material.

  • Rust free and virtually maintenance free.

  • No clumsy heavy shims or boards.

  • No chains, cables or cast-iron gears.

  • Thickness infinitely variable from 0 to 2-3/4 inches on Standard series, 0 to 2-1/4 inches on Super series.

  • Slabs can be rolled in either direction and clay can be added or subtracted at any time.

  • The length of the slab is limited only by the space and canvas available.

  • Tapered slabs are quick, easy and precise.

  • Warping, curling and cracking are drastically reduced.

  • All machines accept press molds and a wide variety of texturing material such as burlap, plant materials, rope, cork and bark.
     

Slab rollers are made in two series, Standard and Super.  They are very different in terms of weight, drive mechanisms, diameters of the rolls, and their intended uses.  There are, however, many similarities - features we use in both machines simply because they've proved themselves over time. The difficulty (or ease) of rolling a slab is, to a very great extent, a function of two factors.  First is the diameter of the rolls.  The greater the diameter, the easier things become.  Next would be gear reduction between the handle and the bottom roll.  When gear reduction is present here, it acts like the lower gear in your car's transmission.  Bigger loads - slabs, in this case - are easier to handle.  Both these things cost money but, if a slab roller is going to be used heavily and often, the extra expense will be repaid many times over in time and labor saved.

Porta Roller

Standard Series

Super Series

For potters on the go, nothing beats the North Star Porta Roller.  The Porta Roller uses the same direct drive system with dual 2.5" rollers as the Standard Series of slab rollers. It is perfect for the casual potter or traveling teacher. The roller is fully warranted for 5 years. The Standard Series Slab Rollers come in 2 sizes. Designed for the active hobby potter needing smaller slabs, the Standard Series uses the Wagon Wheel handle and dual 2.5" rollers that are direct driven. When used in a commercial or institutional setting, the guarantee is 24 months only. In all other circumstances it is fully guaranteed for life to the original purchaser. All Super Series Slab Rollers come in 3 sizes and have dual large 4" rollers and a 4.33:1 reduction gear between the rollers and large Wagon Wheel handle. This allows huge slabs to be built by every person regardless of his/her upper body strength and weight. All tables are 6 feet long and 36" high, with 2' of tabletop at the in feed. (Note, however, that slabs can be rolled in either direction or even back and forth.) Built to last the, Super Series Slab Rollers come with a lifetime warranty.

 


24" wide standard & super packages are now available with extra options for the ultimate work table.

NEW  Bottom Shelf & Bucket  Wings!

Can Be Added To Any Existing 24" & 30" Standard Slab Roller Package!
 
 

Bottom Shelf made of 3/4" Medex with high-pressure melamine overlay in two sections supported by steel rails all around.  Requires drilling, but no disassembly.  Precision drilling template and all hardware furnished.  Shelf can support 600 lbs
Note: Bottom Shelf is for Standard Series Slab Roller Packages Only!

End wings, or "extension" just fold down against the legs when not in use.  Bucket Wing opening fits a 5 gallon plastic bucket, OR an included 15" plastic throwing bat to close the hold and make a smooth, level top when a bucket is not being used.  Wings measure 24x24x3/4" and can support up to 100 pounds each. 
 

 

Slab Roller & Accessories Price List
Effective January 2007

Item No. Description Weight &
No. of Ctns
Price
  SLAB ROLLER PACKAGES    
501
NEW PortaRoller
w/2 TableToppers, Crank and Canvas
30,28 $569.95
550 24" Standard Slab Roller Package
w/4' Work Table, Wagon Wheel & Canvas
33, 50, 35 $899.95
551 30" Standard Slab Roller Package
w/4' Work Table, Wagon Wheel & Canvas
40, 53, 36, 10 $995.95
1024 24" Super Slab Roller Package
w/6' Work Table, Wagon Wheel & Canvas
72, 65, 40, 10 $1349.95
1025  30" Super Slab Roller Package
w/6' Work Table, Wagon Wheel & Canvas
78, 66, 50, 10 $1699.95
1050

36" Super Slab Roller Package
w/6' Work Table, Wagon Wheel & Canvas

86, 67, 60, 10 $2095.00
  SLAB ROLLER ONLY    
500 24" Standard Slab Roller Only 34 $599.99
502 18" Standard Slab Roller Only 31 $475.00
503 30" Standard Slab Roller Only 42 $699.95
1021 24" Super Slab Roller 72, 10 $1095.00
1020 30" Super Slab Roller 78, 10 $1199.00
1000 36" Super Slab Roller 86, 10 $1499.00
  Canvas    
541 Extra Canvas Set
21-oz. duck - 2 pcs 24 x 36"
3 $21.50
542 Standard 30 Canvas Set
21-oz. duck - 2 pcs
3 24.50
1001
Super 24" Canvas Set
21-oz. duck - 2 pcs
4 $33.50
1002
Super 30" Canvas Set
21-oz. duck - 2 pcs
5 $37.50
1003
Super 36" Canvas Set
21-oz. duck - 2 pcs
6 $41.50
546 36" #6 Bulk Canvas 3 Lbs./Yd. $20.50/Yd.
 

ACCESSORIES

   
501TT
NEW PortaRoller Retrofit Kit
w/ 2 Table Toppers, handle clips, friction pads
25 $88.50
501CA
NEW PortaRoller Canvas
2 Sheets, 18" x 24"
2 $22.50
510 Standard Wagon Wheel Handle 10 $78.50
530 24" Table Topper 40 $85.95
531 30" Table Topper 50 $97.50
500BS  Bottom Shelf (24" Standard Slab Roller Pkg. Only) 30, 30 $159.99
500-30  Bottom Shelf (30" Standard Slab Roller Pkg. Only) 35, 35 $189.99
TWBKT  Bucket Wing (24" Standard & Super Series Slab Roller Pkg. Only) 25 $109.99
TWBLK  Blank Wing (24" Standard & Super Series Slab Roller Pkg. Only) 25 $99.99
TWBKT-STD 30  Bucket Wing (30" Standard Slab Roller Pkg. Only) 30 $119.99
TWBLK-STD 30 Blank Wing (30" Standard Slab Roller Pkg. Only) 30 $109.99
TWBKT-S24 NEW Super 24" Bucket Wing 25 $109.99
TWBKT-S30 NEW Super 30" Bucket Wing 30 $119.99
TWBKT-S36 NEW Super 36" Bucket Wing 35 $129.99
TWBLK-24 NEW Super 24" Blank Wing 25 $99.99
TWBLK-30 NEW Super 30" Blank Wing 30 $109.99
TWBLK-36 NEW Super 36" Blank Wing 35 $119.99
 

 

Prices Subject to Change with out Notice.

 

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