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North Star Portaroller

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The PortaRoller was designed for ceramic arts teachers who are moving from classroom to classroom and for studio potters who need a fully functional slab roller but have limited space.

Like the other North Star slab rollers, the PortaRoller has two rolls, much like the wringer of an old-fashioned washing machine.  Both rolls have a small diamond pattern ("kn…

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    North Star Portaroller

    The PortaRoller was designed for ceramic arts teachers who are moving from classroom to classroom and for studio potters who need a fully functional slab roller but have limited space.

    Like the other North Star slab rollers, the PortaRoller has 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.

    CONSTRUCTION

    The PortaRoller 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.

    Assembled weight & dimensions: PortaRoller: 53 lbs. 50” L x 26” W x 12” H (Height is from counter top to top of Adjustment knob)

    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.
    • Slabs can be rolled in either direction and clay can be added or subtracted at any time.
    • Roll slabs up to 16" wide. 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 moulds and a wide variety of texturing material such as burlap, plant materials, rope, cork and bark.

    POTCLAYS ARE EXCLUSIVE AUTHORISED IMPORTERS OF NORTH STAR MACHINERY INTO THE UK. WE HAVE REGULAR CONTAINERS FROM THE USA (EVERY 2-3 MONTHS) THEREFORE ANY OUT-OF-STOCK NORTHSTAR ITEMS INCLUDING SPARES CAN BE ORDERED IN SPECIALLY FOR YOU IF YOU PLACE A BACK-ORDER. PLEASE SPEAK TO OUR SALES TEAM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

  • Delivery & Returns

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    DELIVERY

    Your carriage charge will be calculated at checkout based upon the volumetric weight of your order, and your location. If for any reason your delivery charge cannot be calculated at checkout, you will see a message explaining that our sales team will contact you with a quote. You will be under no obligation to accept this and have the right to cancel your order. 

    We deliver throughout the UK and overseas using a trusted third-party distribution network. Delivery is to kerbside or letterbox only.

    Please allow up to 10 working days for standard delivery. Our Nextday service is suspended due to the impact of COVID-19. Collection from our Stoke-on-Trent warehouse is currently only possible by placing your order by phone +44(0)1782 219816. Although carriers will endeavour to deliver within the agreed timeframe, unexpected delays due to weather conditions, breakdowns, traffic and other factors may cause some disruption to schedules.


    IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    We are bound by the terms and conditions of our carriers therefore we cannot pursue a claim if these instructions are not followed:- 

    Special Delivery Conditions: You must inform us at point of order of any special conditions such as restricted access or opening times, otherwise you will be liable for any consequential costs incurred.

    Damage/Missing Items: You must check your delivery carefully before providing a ‘clear’ signature to the driver. Outward signs of damage/disruption to packaging must be noted alongside your signature. You must notify Potclays of damage or missing items within 24 hours of delivery.


    RETURNS

    Returned Goods (Non-faulty): Subject to our prior consent having been obtained, products can be returned to us in an unused condition within 30 days of invoice date.  An administrative charge will be levied of 10% of the nett value plus transport, but subject to a minimum charge of £ 2.00. 

    Returned Goods (Faulty): If merchandise is returned because of some defect or due to error on our part, full credit/refund will be given.  However, customers must contact us in advance so that making methods and user error can be ruled out. 

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