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  1. Hawkbit

    Which wheel for the rookie?

    Got the TS / Skutt Steven Hill model. With the SSX Controller and the leg extensions as standard, I think it’s the best fit for what I anticipate my needs to be. I think I will want to do larger pots eventually, but the ones I’m envisioning are ones that can easily be thrown on a wheel powered by a half HP motor. Again, my thanks for all the input I received on this post. Your advice really guided me in my research and eventually my decision.
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    Which wheel for the rookie?

    To reiterate, Stephen, I said that was my take on potters I had spoken to in person, not who had responded on this string. My research takes in much more than just this forum... I am speaking with local potters and seeing how their studios are equipped and laid out; just trying to obtain as much opinion as I can on a subject that I am not as familiar with as I will be in the future. I don’t think I can go wrong with the choices I’ve narrowed it down to.
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    Which wheel for the rookie?

    This rookie would like to thank everyone who posted with input and advice. The research isn't quite done yet, and it's been an enlightening experience. Seems that most, if not all wheels are very reliable, and last 10-20 years and more. Nearly everyone that I've spoken to in person recommends (strongly) the wheel that they own and use, especially if it's the only wheel they've ever thrown on. Nothing wrong with that, but makes comparisons a bit difficult. Today I visited Clay King, the local supplier, and did a test spin (dry) on a Brent CXC and Skutt Premier with the SSX motor. The latter felt marginally smoother, and I did like the larger pan. Do I need a 1hp motor that will "center 400 lbs"? Doubtful, but that option is included with that model. The potter there did recommend that one over the Stephen Hill because of the more powerful motor; including the SSX option and the extension legs as an add-on. His recommendation was either that one (or the heavier Skutt Pro) or the Brent EX. The Brent also carries a 10-year warranty while the Skutt's is a 5-year. Both wheels sounded relatively quiet in the shop. Anyone have any experience with increasing noise over time on either brand / model? Thanks again for any feedback.
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    Which wheel for the rookie?

    Thanks, Ann - Though that sounds like a great idea, I don’t think I have a nearby supplier that stocks all the wheels I’m considering. Plus, and this is the most important one - my skills are somewhere between beginner and intermediate, and I really won’t have a feel for ‘what I like best’ without more wheel time; which I hope to get through local classes over the next few months. I feel my best bet here is to get a high quality versatile wheel that has variable speed operation, is relatively quiet, and will handle heavier jobs with ease. If that is MY primary wheel, then I am pretty sure I can adapt to it over time.
  5. After going through three years of forum posts and doing quite a bit of research on my own, I seek the wisdom of the experienced. It’s a unique situation with a tight deadline. After a 30+ year design career, I am ready to begin retirement as a potter. That’s been my plan for years. I’ve taken classes in the past, and even the recent past to make sure the fire was still burning. However, my retirement date came several months earlier than anticipated (which turned out to be a good thing) and my employer was benevolent and generous enough to present me with a certificate for “One Potters Wheel” at my retirement party today. The catch here is that the purchase needs to be made this year, like in the next nine days. The good news is that there isn’t really a dollar amount on the certificate. Boss says that up to $2k is just fine. So after the opinions that I’ve read here, I’m leaning toward Soldnor (also recommended by a potter I discussed this with a month ago) or TS/Skutt or Bailey’s; and can certainly shop the higher end of any of those brands. Each of those have certain pros and cons. I’ve read several opinions to “try them out” first, but not possible in this case. I can add the following that may help any who would offer wisdom: > I will be standing when I throw. The last potter I took a class from convinced me that my back will thank me for this. > I intend to throw large pieces eventually. > My studio space is yet to be determined. I will design this winter and build next to my home in the spring, so equipment size is not a consideration at this point. Thanks for any feedback you can offer.
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