TERSTARAM (manual) and semi-terstamatique (motorized)[edit | edit source]

Brick and Tile Presses

24, rue de la Rieze
B-5660 Couvin (Cul-des Sarts)
Tel. [..32] 60 - 37 76 71
Tlx. 51622 ap tec b
Fax. [..32] 60 - 37 78 87


The TERSTARAM press is based on the design of "La Medelon", the famous Belgian machine developed at the beginning of the 20th century, which was later successfully manufactured under the names "Stabibloc" and "Landcrete" in different parts of the world. These machines were designed to produce compressed bricks for firing, while the TERSTARAM press is now also well-known as a block press for making unfired compressed earth blocks.

The main advantages of the design are the robust construction, the possibility of using various types of moulds, which take just 15 minutes to change; the mobility of the machine, which can easily be moved by two men; end the good compaction of the bricks, exerting an exceptionally high pressure for a manually operated press with mechanical energy transmission. A recent improvement is the automatic unlocking of the cover and ejection of the compressed bricks.

The TERSTARAM is available in two versions: the standard version with a maximum product size of 29.5 x 14 x 9 cm, and the special version with a broader frame and maximum product size of 40 x 20 x 10 cm.

The SEMI-TERSTAMATIQUE machine is a completely revised version of the "La Majo" press. The machine is a motorized press, supplied either with a 3 hp electric motor or 5 hp diesel engine. An oversized car clutch controls and drives the press.

The machine is designed to withstand intensive and rough use, even under critical climatic conditions, and is easy to maintain with a few tools. A powerful spring in thrust system protects the press against poor quality clays or overfilling of moulds.

Various types of bricks and paving tiles (for air-drying or for firing) can be produced, but no roofing tiles, because the compression is too quick to allow the air to escape from the clay. Special moulds can be made to order up to a maximum size of 40 x 20 x 10 cm. The SEMI-TERSTAMATIQUE is supplied with narrow tables on either side of the mould to facilitate filling the mould and removing the finished products.

TERSTARAM Standard (ST) and Special(SP)


Size of machine (length x width x height)

ST 135 x 70 x 90 cm (53 x 28 x 35 in)

220 x 65 x 110 cm (87 x 26 x 16 in)

SP 135 x 80 x 90 cm (53 x 32 x 35 in)

Weight of machine (with mould / without mould)

ST 360/320 kg

880/840 kg

SP 400 / 360 kg

Size of crate for shipment

ST 150x 55 x 102 cm (59 x 22x 40 in)

227x75 x 112 cm (90 x 30 x 18 in)

SP 150 x 65 x 102 cm (59 x 26 x 40 in)

Weight of packed machine

ST / SP 550/590 kg

1000 kg

Maximum product dimensions

ST 29.5 x 14 x 9 cm (11.6 x 5.5 x 3.5 in)

40 x 20 x 10 cm (16 x 8 x 4 in)

SP 40 x 20 x 10 cm (16 x 8 x 4 in)

Energy input / transmission

manual / mechanical

motorized / mechanical

Practical production capacity

1400 bricks / day

1700 - 3400 bricks I day

Labour force required

3 - 5 workers

3 - 5 workers

Price (ex works)

ST without mould 49500 FB(» 1 400 US0

with electric motor347000 FB(» 9900 US0

valid June 1991

SP without mould 53300 FB(» 1530 US0

with diesel engine 374000 FB (» 10700US0

Double brick mould 8820 FB (» 250 US0

Spare parts kit 23600 FB (» 680 US0´

FB = Belgian Francs

Flemish tile mould 14700 FB(» 420 US0

Mangalore tile mould 16200 FB(» 460 US0

Spare parts kit 5300 FB(» 1 50 US0

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Authors Eric Blazek
Published 2006
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