||24" Standard Package
24" Standard Package (includes 24" Slab Roller, 14 gauge steel
table, canvas & wagon wheel handle)
No. of Ctns
35, 50, 35
| (24" slab roller, table,
handle, & canvas)
& 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
Warping, curling and cracking are
All machines accept press molds and a
wide variety of texturing material such as burlap, plant materials, rope,
cork and bark.
All North Star slab rollers have two rolls, much
like the wringer of an old-fashioned washing machine. Both rolls have a small
diamond pattern ("knurling") machined
directly 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.
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.