Blogging about Matthew Tyas' pottery and explorations in making.
I recently inherited an old pug mill from a studio clearance in St Ives. It hadn’t been used for a few years and the barrel was ceased with clay. As I dismantled the pug to move it, I noted some play in the auger which suggested there might be a problem with the bearings. I started dismantling the pug between other jobs, giving time for the WD40 to penetrate the rusty and tight threads. Although the auger blades show corrosion, they’re intact – which is great. I then removed the taper lock and auger shaft collar using a blow torch to get some expansion in the collar.
After removing the auger from the housing, I was really surprised by the lack of any bearings or their remnants – so I assume this pug mill’s auger is bearing-free. Is anyone able to confirm that this is the case for the Wenger 2852WA?
I’ve now pressure-washed the loose corrosion from the auger and will soon give it a more thorough de-rust/de-grease.