What's the best potters wheel on a budget?
Posted 04 October 2012 - 05:30 PM
Posted 04 October 2012 - 07:16 PM
usually, a person who actually USES their wheel won't be selling it - so usually the ones being sold are hardly used at all or have been abused/broken, or just something that the seller has no idea about since it may have been left by a passed away family member.
personally, i'm a fan of Brent wheels (older CXC is what we have at school - proven undergrad-proof) and the higher-end brands since they're usually very high quality, but price reflects this. i am NOT a fan of the wheels that have the recessed wheel head in the permanent splash-pan (like a thomas stewart classic). at home, I use an old gear-driven Alpine wheel that was gifted to me and just needed a fuse - that thing is a torque monster!
Posted 04 October 2012 - 09:19 PM
Kiln Repair Tech
Owner, Neil Estrick Gallery, LLC
Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:28 AM
If you are centering 50 pounds at a pop by the more traditional western method, you'll likely want to stay away from the cheaper priced (at retail) wheels. They likely will not have the torque you'll want without winding them up to high RPM speeds, which then will be counter productive to centering larger amounts of clay.
I agree that Brent wheels tend to be "workhorses". My own Brent CXC is ancient... and still going strong in professional use after decades.
I LOVE the Shimpo Whispers for their quietness.... wonderrful general classroom wheel for smaller amounts of clay...... but I find that they are a bit lacking in torque at slower speeds. We have a bunch of them at the college where I teach, and when I am demoing throwing 25 - 50 pounds, I find they tend to bog right down. I usually head right for our Brent CXCs when I need to demo this kind of thing (we have a bunch of them along with model Cs too).
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Professor of Ceramics; New Hampshire Insitute of Art
Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:25 PM
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:15 PM
shimpo does not manufacture the clayboss wheels, speedball does... word to the wise, if you need technical support for a clayboss wheel, good luck--I did repair work on one for a customer whose control box needed re-wiring and the diagram they faxed to me (they couldnt/wouldnt email it...) looked like it was drawn on a napkin... they are cheap, but theyre cheap.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:16 PM
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:33 AM
At any rate I never thought I would have bought a Shimpo, but this thing is great. Love it.
Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:08 AM
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