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SMOKE MACHINE REVIEWS - Martin Fogger Junior 700
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Review of: Martin Fogger Junior
The Martin Fogger Junior 700 was one of Europe's most popular smoke machines
in its time. Now no longer in manufacture (replaced by the Martin 1000
and Magnum 2000) the machine had a following in the disco and dark ride
application area. An easy to access (for cleaning) 900 watt heating element
with an incredible 60-90 second warm up time from cold showed the quality
of the machine's engineering. The 700 could happily create continuous
amounts of smoke up to about medium output level - no 'dead-band' unless
used for high output, and even then it took less than 15 seconds to heat
up again - impressive for a unit this size and cost. The density and quality
of the smoke output was second to none - not laying heavy with breathing
or leaving oily residue anywhere. Its rather advanced timer remote control
of Europe's most popular smoke machines..."
was an optional extra to the 'TV weather forecaster'
style push button. It had 3 knobs and a button, allowing for the
variation of output, duration and cycle. The button allows smoke
on demand, and displays a red and a green LED - green shows when
the unit is ready for use, and red shows when the heater is on.
A 1 litre fluid bottle storage area is built into the unit, but
only accepts strange square bottles which contain the Martin fluid.
The unit's only let down is the unique aute-reverse pump feature,
which switches the fluid pump into reverse after every smoke output,
thereby sucking back any smoke fluid not used in the nozzle. Said
to help the unit's nozzle stay cleaner and to prevent smoke output
when not required, the feature tends to suck air back into the fluid
pipe (air locks) often causing delays in the instancy of the next
output. The brass fluid pipe connector built-in to the unit's chassis
was also prone to letting air into the system via its connection
with the fluid pipe.
2004 update: You still occasionally
see Martin Junior 700s on auction sites, but they're usually in
such a bad state of repair they sometimes only fetch pounds. Martin
may have seen the error of their ways in discontinuing this model
with no clear replacement, but now with the Martin
Magnum 800 I think they've done it. Increased smoke output,
continuous smoke output, and this time an improvement on the 700
- consistent and steady smoke output. Quiet running, no auto-reverse
pump, but a slightly inferior timer remote, the Martin
Magnum 800 is the modern day equivalent of the Martin Fogger
||Martin Fogger Junior 700
||Small, continuous operation, fast
heat time, quality smoke
||Auto-reverse pump feature creates
air-locks in pipe, short fluid pipe. (unit now discontinued)
||£200 (inc. timer remote)
Review by SmokeMachines.net
visitor Clive Jones:
Great gobs of dense smoke, controllable from a long
blanket covering to a short burst using the "pip" on the
remote. Flavoured juice. Easilly de-carbonised (half hour at most).
Electrics double fused.
Cons: Input nozzle leaked when withdrawn from bottle when changing
fluid. Strange "suck/blow" action to pump.
Review by James Long:
The Martin Junior 700 is a very reliable machine.
it is capable of filling a room in seconds. it also has a large
smoke projection of 5 metres with is useful in discos. The most
amazing thing about this machine is its warming up time it takes
60-90 seconds compared to the advrage 5 minutes. this machine is
no longer in production but can be brought 2nd hand. This is an
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