It sounds wonderful! I had a mechanical non-dearing "Dabeb" at the time, the guru for all clay equipment in South Africa. It could  make 1 ton of clay per day by filling the chamber with lumps of clay and then using the lever, pushing the clay through, in the same way we use extruders most of the time. I remember how tired I was after a day's clay making. 
For the past 22 years I have mixed clay by hand. First it was stoneware and later porcelain. I have about a ton of stoneware clay that is aged for 10 or more years. I hope to teach with it in my new-studio-to-be, but it will probably not last for long. 
Getting older is not for sissies, so I will definitely not work without pugging in future. 

On Thu, Aug 5, 2021 at 6:48 AM kathi@lesueurclaywork.com <kathi@lesueurclaywork.com> wrote:
I’ve owned two pugmill during my 45 year career in clay. The first was a Bluebird studio model. Non-desiring that I bought in 1979. Amazingly. It is still being used although with repairs to the plunger. The second is the Bluebird Powerstar which I bought in 1992. The barrel is an aluminum alloy and the auger is stainless. I bought it because Of it’s extrusion capability. In the time I have used it I have had one repair. The electric switch went bad. A minor repair that a friend did for me. I would highly recommend this machine. If you can find it used all the better.

Kathi LeSueur

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> On Aug 4, 2021, at 9:14 PM, Antoinette Badenhorst <porcelainbyantoinette@gmail.com> wrote:
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> Hi guys. The last time I owned a pugmill was 22 years ago, before I came to
> the USA.
> I am considering one or probably 2 at this stage, stainless steel for
> porcelain and another for stoneware clay.
> What do I have to look for before I buy? Is it worth it to buy second hand.
> If so, what should I look for? Thanks again.
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Antoinette Badenhorst
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