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Laleland Pasta roller.....
« on: July 29, 2015, 01:00:09 PM »
Hello all,just a heads up really.....

I get through about 3 pasta machines a year because I am clunky and heavy handed and I have always used the Lakeland variety because :

a. they are quite cheap
b. I have always got a consistent roll from them
c. they are quick to take apart and clean

However the latest one I have bought is a problem. Instead of just metal blades at the bottom the metal is treated with a hard plastic cover. Now this is fine for thick sheets but if you want to go down to size 3 or below it causes the clay to wrinkle and it is impossible to get a flat sheet. It took me an age to work out what was wrong (in fact I took one roller back thinking it was faulty). Luckily I had a couple spare "broken" machines that I could take the plain metal blades from and replace the treated blades and everything is back to normal but I just wanted to let everyone know that they newer model is really nut suitable for clay work unless you have a spare set of blades.

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Re: Laleland Pasta roller.....
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2015, 02:38:04 PM »
Thanks for the heads up - I'm on the lookout for some new machines. I have yet to take my main machine apart - I daren't!!! But I have a reasonable back up, and now two others I got for workshops. I am planning on doing more workshops and could do with a couple new machines, nothing fancy, nice and cheap. Any other suggestions out there?

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Re: Laleland Pasta roller.....
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2015, 08:06:12 PM »
my newer imperia model has the plastic blades too.

To be honest, I haven't used it enough at thinner sizes to see yet if it causes the same issues or not.

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Re: Laleland Pasta roller.....
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2015, 09:52:57 AM »
Another issue with the plastic blades is they can break.  A friend of mine had an Imperial with these, she took it apart to clean it and  a blade snapped in half when she was putting it in back in.  Imperia wanted to charge her about £15 for a new pair.

I have a feeling all new PMs are going to have plastic blades, can anyone confirm this.

I prefer second hand (charity shops or Ebay).  So far, touch wood, not had a problem with mine.  Like most things, newer models don't seem to be built to last

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Re: Laleland Pasta roller.....
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2015, 06:44:30 AM »
As a gift my husband bought me an atlas 180 and it has plastic blades and I was so disappointed with it from the beginning but not wanting to hurt his feelings as he bought it with love I kept using it and I must say that I have now little trouble with the plastic blades. I have learned how to use it and the blades seems to be less sticky now. I even used the rippled effect for a wrinkled cake topper dress.
If you wipe the blades with a baby wipe and crank fast it can help.
Also if I get ripples I just go back one step in thickness fold the clay in half pass the clay thru and then return to the thinner setting. It will never be better if you fold it in half and pass thru the same setting.
The softer the clay the more likely to get ripples.
And as I said the plastic seems to get less sticky with time. I now love my atlas.
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Re: Laleland Pasta roller.....
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2015, 09:31:12 AM »
I've had rippled clay on the thin setting from many pasta machines over the years. Long before plastic scrapers came about.

In my experience it would be from slightly mal-aligned rollers rather than anything to do with the scraper blades.

But that is just one type of rippling. Doesn't mean there aren't new, exiting and different ripples to be had from different parts of the machine!

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Re: Laleland Pasta roller.....
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2015, 12:21:50 PM »
The ripples from the plastic stair is totally different more like groves or waves. I can take a picture later
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Re: Laleland Pasta roller.....
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2015, 01:02:27 PM »
Now when i wanted some really bad ripples i could not make them :)

Anyway. These are deep and make the sheet pretty myck unusable.

In the back is my bride with ripples on her dress. (yes i admit my desk is a bit messy) ;)
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Re: Laleland Pasta roller.....
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2015, 06:14:57 PM »
Yes, those are exactly what I was getting Karolina! A funky effect but not what I need my machine to do!!

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Re: Laleland Pasta roller.....
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2015, 12:44:21 PM »
Oh yes - I see what you mean!

Very different from the sort of stretched puckering you get with mal-aligned rollers.

But it is used wonderfully in your cake topper Karolina! So it was useful for that project even if bad for everything else

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Re: Laleland Pasta roller.....
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2015, 05:33:28 PM »
Thank´s :)

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