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Posted 22 Jun 2012Also.. the detachable wheel head on the thomas stuart is awesome.
A half twist in the opposite direction it spins releases the head. It makes
cleaning very easy. Also the cup head is pretty slick. You get a mold for
plaster wheel heads that sit in the cup. Makes for a very inexpensive way
to make alot of bats, and if you like throwing on plaster bats, its pretty
awesome. There's also an extension to the wheel head, that raises it
above the pan so you can use really big bats for like... really big platters.
I suppose you could just not use a splash pan for that, but on the TS's
the pan is not removeable, so I guess it's a solution to a semi unique
Posted 22 Jun 2012I think thomas stuart and baily have the right idea imho with the ginormous pan. It keeps the floor alot clearner.
Also, you can put your water and tool caddy inside the pan. The baily pedals though seem to go flaky alot
though. It seems like after a year or so, the pedal will drift and go faster or slower by itself. The bailys are
very convenient with both the bung hole and the side door for emptying out the tray. Thomas stuarts are
strong. The motors are bigger, and deliver more power. The fine control when it's really slow though sometimes
is not as articulate as some of the others, but you do not lose power going slower like some of the others.
The shimpo whispers are not bad. They don't have as much power, but if you're not throwing big, it's not really
a problem. They are very very quiet, which might be important where you live. Also, the head free spins when
the power isn't on, so you can use it as a banding wheel, or for anything where you want to hand turn it. I don't
really like the splash pans on them though. They feel kinda like they're cheap. They do come in a table top model
and they are lightish, so if you want to throw stand up, or need to move it around, they could be a good choice.
Brents.. are brents. The bigger ones last a long time. The smaller ones... I don't think are so good. The one
with the wooden top, feels weak, and the electronics dont seem as smooth, but the bigger ones are pretty nice
and have excellent slow rpm control. The splash pans are kinda.. I don't like them. Their awkward to clean, and
tabs that hold them together break alot.
They all have pro's and con's, most of which are not deal breakers, and really most will do anything you need them
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