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Bailey Slab Rollers - Original Manual & Electric Dual Roller Drive & Drive Board Series

The History of Bailey Dual Roller Drive

Our first slab rollers were built in 1974. From the beginning, Bailey Rollers became famous for their innovation and precision. In a thorough evaluation of all existing slab rollers, Studio Potter Magazine stated, “The Bailey represented the most sophisticated solution to the business of making slabs. It was superior in its ease of handling, design, and general adaptation to any studio situation.” The Bailey Slab Rollers are “Dual Roller Drive”. With this process, clay and canvas are drawn through two steel rollers which turn at a one-to-one ratio. The tremendous force required to compress the clay is equalized between the two rollers. This two roller process insures that the thickness of the finished slab remains perfectly even from side to side. Because the Dual Roller Drive process draws the clay through the stationary machine, the operator can stand in a stationary upright position and turn the drive wheel.

Xina Marin uses a Bailey DB-30 slab roller purchased in 1979 to make her unique sculpture and architectural pieces.

Architectural potter Peter King, author of Architectural Ceramics for the Potter, uses Bailey Slab Rollers exclusively.

MANUAL DRIVE



DRD 30 Manual with optional Short Table

Bailey Original Dual Roller Drive
Since 1974, Bailey Rollers have always been the Professional’s #1 Choice.
  • The only Slab Roller built for heavy production use
  • All ball bearing drive
  • #40 Chain/Sprocket Drive
  • Gear Reduced
  • Portable
  • Two table options
  • 2 sizes: 30" & 40" wide

The original DRD Series introduced in 1978 is the finest slab roller built anywhere. The DRD slab rollers are designed for professionals who want maximum load output, exacting accuracy, and a trouble-free operation. Clay is rolled in one pass to the desired thickness. No other roller even comes close to this robust versatile design.

The DRD Series comes in two sizes: 30” and 40” wide. Each machine has two steel rollers mounted in heavy duty ball bearings. The rollers are driven by a #40 chain and sprocket to insure maximum strength under heavy loads. The 30” and 40” machines utilize massive 4” rollers that have been gear reduced for easy manual operation. The rollers are coated with an industrial epoxy abrasive to provide a positive “non-slip” traction.

Thickness adjustments can be made from 1/16” up to 1-3/4". Adjustments are instantly and accurately made from a single knob located at the top of the machine. This knob raises and lowers both sides of the upper roller simultaneously. A height scale indicator is provided for quick reference and exact measurements.

Only clay and canvas are needed to roll a slab. However, a wood board can be run through the machine with the clay and canvas to assist when forming massive slabs over 1¼“ thick. Each machine comes with a 10 foot canvas, instructions and table plans. Heavy duty steel tables are listed below. Manual machines have a large 34” drive wheel for additional leverage to make turning easier.

The DRD Short Table (optional)
The short table is a “stand” on wheels that functions as a housing for the machine and “clay feed” area. When butted up against a stationary work table, slabs are rolled through the machine and onto the work table surface. This feature is an asset to any studio that is limited in space, or for situations where several potters are going to share the same machine and will need to roll the machine around. The counters are made of Melamine. Melamine surfaces should not be saturated with water or coated directly with wet clay (assembly required).

Specifications:
Dimensions: width of roller by 30” long by 34” high.

The DRD Long Table (optional)
The Long Table is a complete outfit containing both the “clay feed” and the “finished slab” work area. The table is also excellent for other studio functions when the roller is not in use. The counters are made of Melamine. Melamine surfaces should not be saturated with water or coated directly with wet clay (assembly required).

Specifications:
Dimensions: width of roller by 7 ft. long x 34” high.

DRD 30" & 40" Manual Drive

Item No. Description Ship Wt. Bailey Price SALE Price Purchase
M-400-008K DRD 30" Roller - Manual Ships as 115 Lbs. in One Box $1499.00 $1199.00
M-400-011-2K DRD 30" Short Table Ships as 65 Lbs. in One Box $489.00 $391.00
M-400-014-2K DRD 30" Long Table Ships as 130 Lbs. in One Box $560.00 $448.00
M-400-020 Extra DRD 30 Canvas x 10 Feet Ships as 4 Lbs. in One Box $40.70
M-400-009K DRD 40" Roller - Manual Ships as 129 Lbs. in One Box $1899.00 $1479.00
M-400-012-2K DRD 40" Short Table Ships as 80 Lbs. in One Box $525.00 $420.00
M-400-015-2K DRD 40" Long Table Ships as 159 Lbs. in One Box $590.00 $472.00
M-400-021 Extra DRD 40 Canvas x 10 Feet Ships as 4 Lbs. in One Box $42.00
ELECTRIC DRIVE


DRD 30 Electric with optional Long Table

Bailey Electric Dual Roller Drive
Electric drive is an asset for the high production artist requiring a large number of slabs daily. Large numbers of slabs are effortlessly produced. The remote control “pusher bar” protects hands and provides the means to advance the clay into the rollers. A steel table must be ordered with each electric unit. Minor assembly is required. Specifications: 115V, 4.6 amps.

General Specifications:
Slab Dimensions:
Width of roller by any length (10’ canvas
Thickness Variable: 0” to 1-3/4", infinitely variable.
Drive System: #40 chain and sprocket, ball bearings, gear reduced for easy slabbing.
Table Dimensions: (see DRD Options under photos)

NOTE: When ordering an electric roller, a table must be ordered.

The DRD Short Table (optional)
The short table is a “stand” on wheels that functions as a housing for the machine and “clay feed” area. When butted up against a stationary work table, slabs are rolled through the machine and onto the work table surface. This feature is an asset to any studio that is limited in space, or for situations where several potters are going to share the same machine and will need to roll the machine around. The counters are made of Melamine. Melamine surfaces should not be saturated with water or coated directly with wet clay (assembly required).

Specifications:
Dimensions: width of roller by 30” long by 34” high.

The DRD Long Table (optional)
The Long Table is a complete outfit containing both the “clay feed” and the “finished slab” work area. The table is also excellent for other studio functions when the roller is not in use. The counters are made of Melamine. Melamine surfaces should not be saturated with water or coated directly with wet clay (assembly required).

Specifications:
Dimensions: width of roller by 7 ft. long x 34” high.

DRD 30" & 40" Electric Drive

Item No. Description Ship Wt. Bailey Price SALE Price Purchase
M-400-027K DRD 30" Roller - Electric Ships as 156 Lbs. in One Box $3200.00 $2560.00
M-400-011-2K DRD 30" Short Table Ships as 65 Lbs. in One Box $489.00 $391.00
M-400-014-2K DRD 30" Long Table Ships as 130 Lbs. in One Box $560.00 $448.00
M-400-020 Extra DRD 30 Canvas x 10 Feet Ships as 4 Lbs. in One Box $40.70
M-400-028K DRD 40" Roller - Electric Ships as 171 Lbs. in One Box $3560.00 $2848.00
M-400-012-2K DRD 40" Short Table Ships as 80 Lbs. in One Box $525.00 $420.00
M-400-015-2K DRD 40" Long Table Ships as 159 Lbs. in One Box $590.00 $472.00
M-400-021 Extra DRD 40 Canvas x 10 Feet Ships as 4 Lbs. in One Box $42.00
DRIVE BOARD SERIES



The Bailey Drive Board 30 Slab Roller with optional DB Long Table

Standard Features:
Besides the unique drive board system, the DB Series offers the same height adjustment and construction features as our original DRD Series.

We offer two sizes in the DB:
30” and 40” wide.

Thickness Variable: 0 to 1-3/4".

Drive Board Table Options:
The DB tables are longer than the DRD series because they are bi-directional. Assembly is required. Take special not of the function of the "short" table.

The DB Short Table:
The DB short table is mobile and has a 48" counter on one side of the machine and a small 8" ramp on the other side. It is designed to save space in the studio. You roll this short table up to an existing table of compatible height and roll the board from the 48" side through the machine and onto your table. The counters are made of Melamine. Melamine surfaces should not be saturated with water or coated directly with wet clay (assembly required). The short table is not self sufficient for the process. It requires an additional table to receive the drive board. Dimensions: 5 foot long by roller width by 34” high

The DB Long Table:
The long table provides 48" surfaces either side of the machine for the drive board. The machine can run right to left, or, left to right. 8½’ long by roller width by 34” high. The counters are made of Melamine. Melamine surfaces should not be saturated with water or coated directly with wet clay (assembly required).

 

Since 1975, Bailey has been building slab rollers that professional handbuilders and production potters have staked their livelihoods on. Our DRD/II, DRD and DB series are easy to adjust for precision thickness control and designed to roll clay in just one pass to a specified thickness. Our machines are rugged and designed to offer years of trouble free service. Bailey rollers are the first choice of potters like Peter King, author of Architectural Ceramics for the Studio Potter.

Bailey Features Include:

  • Chain & Sprocket Drive
  • 34” dia. Wheel Leverage
  • 24”, 30”, 40” widths
  • Manual & Electric
  • Simultaneous Height Adjustment
  • All Steel Gear Reduction

Bailey Unique Drive Board Series
The Drive Board Series utilizes our patented “drive board” process for producing perfectly compressed uniform slabs. In this version, the “drive board” is a part of the compression process. The board travels through the machine and serves as a way of projecting massive slabs along that would otherwise stall from the weight and drag of the clay. The drive board has several distinct functional advantages over the dual roller drive.

Advantages of the Drive Board Process
Architectural scale work can require long thick slabs. The DB process keeps on projecting a massive thick slab out for the full length of the board regardless of the thickness and the consistency of the clay.

The DRD system is more dependent on the density of the clay to give structure so the slab can project on it’s own. However, the slab can only push out so far before it would bunch up from the shear mass of a thick heavy slab.

The DB is also bi-directional, allowing the operator to run right-to-left or left-to-right. This has advantage for applications where the artist wants to create embossing techniques or application of different clays to the slab.

NOTE: When ordering an electric roller, a table must be ordered.

DB 30"

DB 30" Roller - Manual
M-400-50k
List Price: $1499.00
SALE PRICE: $1199.00
Ships as 175 Lbs. in One Box
DB 30" Long Table
M-400-56K
List Price: $590.00
SALE PRICE: $
472.00
Ships as 176 Lbs. in One Box
DB 30" Short Table
M-400-54K
List Price: $489.00
SALE PRICE: $
391.00
Ships as 118 Lbs. in One Box

DB 30" Roller - Electric
M-400-52K
List Price: $3200.00
SALE PRICE: $2560.00
Ships as 217 Lbs. in One Box

Extra DB 30 Canvas x 8 Ft.
M-400-39
List Price: $32.60
Ships as 4 Lbs. in One Box

DB 40"

DB 40" Roller - Manual
M-400-51K
List Price: $1899.00
SALE PRICE: $1479.00
Ships as 207 Lbs. in One Box

DB 40" Long Table
M-400-57K
List Price: $600.00
SALE PRICE: $
480.00
Ships as 203 Lbs. in One Box

DB 40" Short Table
M-400-55K
List Price: $530.00
SALE PRICE: $
424.00
Ships as 147 Lbs. in One Box

DB 40" Roller - Electric
M-400-53K
List Price: $3560.00
SALE PRICE: $2848.00
Ships as 247 Lbs. in One Box

Extra DB 40 Canvas x 8 Feet
M-400-59
List Price: $34.00
Ships as 4 Lbs. in One Box

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