North Star Equipment has produced a new line of slab rollers for those
with limited space in their studio. Their are three different sizes to
choose from 18", 24", & 30" widths. These new table top slab rollers
like the other 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.
Table Top Slab Rollers
The Table Toppers are made of moisture-resistant
medex with a melamine surface. These table toppers have anti skid
material on the feet. This is so your slab roller does not move when
pressure is applied to the handle. The table topper fits neatly onto the
slab roller itself with no adjustments necessary .
The design gives great flexibility in making slabs on any level surface.
Very thin, translucent porcelain slabs and thick, heavily textured
architectural slabs are easy to produce. 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.
The slab roller body 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. The Table
Toppers are made 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
Every part carefully designed and
made for its intended purpose. No off-the-shelf or inferior parts
Rust free and virtually
No clumsy heavy shims or boards.
No chains, cables or cast-iron
Thickness infinitely variable
from 0 to 2-3/4 inches.
Slabs can be rolled in either
direction and clay can be added or subtracted at any time.
Roll slabs up to 28" wide. The
length of the slab is limited only by the space and canvas
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.