This custom-built jogger,
engineered by Johnston Services' owner, Ben Johnston, is a redesigned version
of existing, but shortsighted designs. He felt the industry needed a superior, more versatile jogger that would handle more than
just the large sheets. More photos are at bottom of page.
Now, there is a better
way to collect your laminator's output, the Vari-Jogger. This vibrating
catch table will pay for itself in a few months by reducing the amount
of mindless effort required by an employee, who has more productive things
to do. The Vari-Jogger gets its name from the many variations it
can be configured to handle and will work with any known sheet separator
or cutter. With the Vari-Jogger behind your cutter, your product
output stacks up neatly. It works best with a cutter equipped with
an exit conveyor because these bring the cut sheets out in the same position
every time, but can be helpful for cutters without exit conveyors as well.
(After market exit conveyors available upon request for many cutters.)
Working example: If you
have 8-1/2" x 11" sheets that have to be 3 hole drilled after laminating,
an exit conveyor and the Vari-Jogger will dramatically reduce the time
required for your operators maintaining registration alignment of the output
It is able to receive sheets
ranging in size from 2" x 3" up to 28" x 40" by simply adjusting the L-angle
end stops so that the sheets are caught at the top of the jogger, rather
than having to make it all the way to the bottom - especially important
for smaller sheets like 8-1/2" x 11."
The tilt angle can be changed
easily, and will hold that angle.
The height can be adjusted
to accommodate different sheet separators or situations. The weight of the table is
pushed up by gas springs so it is easy for one operator to make the adjustment.
To raise, simply loosen both clamp knobs and the springs push it up. To
lower, loosen the clamp knobs, press down on the table top and retighten clamp
knobs at the desired height. The top corner of the Vari-Jogger (some what dependent on the angle of
tilt) ranges from about 24" from the floor to as high as 30." It can be
built higher if needed.
The motor has two speeds.
The slower speed is useful when running polypropylene laminations that
are more prone to the buffing scratches imparted to the bottom sheets.
The Vari-Jogger has indicator
lights to make its operation apparent from a distance (red for fast, amber
for slow). Another reason for the indicator lights is that it is so quiet when
empty (especially with typical background noise), that it could easily be left
on and forgotten, running needlessly, when not in use.
There are two fixed caster
wheels and two swivel casters for easy steering to another location, yet
it's stable enough to stay where you put it (without vibrating out of position).
The benefits of this great
machine do not stop here: It also provides a great foot massage during
The Vari-Jogger is covered
for One (1) year against manufacturing defects.
NEW!! The frames are now Powder
Coated! The standard color configuration
is Black Satin finish on the frame, with Matte White Formica top.
Notice: Due to recent move, my production facility is very cramped. It will just
take a little longer to produce the Vari-Jogger. There are 90 machines placed with
more than 40 different customers. If you would like to obtain references,
several have agreed to talk to potential buyers. They can assure you the
wait will be worth it. Call for details.
Effective July 01, 2011 the price of the Vari-Jogger will have to be
determined per sale, with a quantity
discount still available for multiple machines ordered. Material costs are out
of control. Please contact me for current pricing.
Payment terms are Pre-pay with delivery in 6 - 8 weeks. Again,
other customers can testify that this works. Other arrangements can be made,
but the total cost to the customer is higher if not fully prepaid.
Shipping must be arranged and paid by customer via freight truck
line of your choice. The Vari-Jogger is carefully contained in an enclosed in
a triple thickness corrugated box with wood framework crate, class 85, shipping weight is
under 250 lbs.
Crate dimensions are: 36" W x 48" L x 32" H.
Please call, ask questions.
1. Email your Purchase Order with your company information.
Please include your name, company address, phone and email
2. An invoice with your PO # on it will be returned to you via email.
3. Send check payable to Johnston Services to the address shown on
the main web page and the invoice.
4. Shipping date is based on 6 - 8 weeks from date your check is received.
about our competition? We're proud of what we build, and feel
it is the best machine, by far, for the price. This is our only direct competitor.
They would rather sell a whole system than just a jogger. These are made for
large sheets ONLY. They do not work well with various applications.
You can see their jogger at the end of their System 3210. Unfortunately, you can't get much detailed information about their
jogger. Even the brochure they used to send out reveals little about its
features, because, frankly, it has few to offer compared to the Vari-Jogger.
Below, you can find
many photos of all the Vari-Joggers as they have evolved and improved. By clicking on any of
these thumbnails, you can view an enlarged view and learn a little more
about the Vari-Jogger.
The red joggers are the year model 1999, and are the only photos
I have of the jogger in action behind the Autofeeds cutter.
The green joggers
represent the year model 2000 machines with the gas lift springs and
"Hammered Steel" finish paint. We have since gone to powder
coating starting in 2005.
The blue joggers are photos of the 2001 models with
the improved lift extension clamps that allow for smooth lift operation. This is the model Vari-Jogger that
made its international debut in September 2001 in the Autofeeds booth during the Print 01 show.
The "white" joggers are photos of the model being used
in the Autofeeds trade show booth and if you ask Autofeeds for a jogger with
their laminating system, this is what you get. This is the same model
currently in production, with some very minor changes. The best
modification is that they are all powder coated for a very good looking and