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hantremmer posted a topic in Equipment Use and RepairI need to buy a new wheel. Iâ€™ve been throwing for about a year and a half. Iâ€™m also in the UK, which limits my options and jacks prices up. I need a wheel that: Has excellent control, so speed changes are precise and subtle. Can go very slowly. Will not speed up when I release my hands Has a pedal that stays in a fixed position (so I can step off it while the wheel runs) Right now Iâ€™m using a Shimpo Aspire. My wheel has speed and control problems. It judders or stops at very slow speeds. Iâ€™m throwing about 2kg/5lb of clay at a time. When centering or even pulling, the wheel can slow down. It then speeds up when I release my hands or ease up on pressure. This feels like a loss of control. I also tend to throw thin walls, so this herky-jerky isnâ€™t a good combination. Iâ€™ll want to throw larger pieces in the future with more clay. I donâ€™t want to have to speed up the wheel to counter its weakness. My tutor uses a Wenger Super 70 which I think is a .5 horsepower wheel. I like its power. Right now Iâ€™m looking at a Brent B. I think Hsienchuen Lin uses a Brent. Shame itâ€™s noisy. I like the idea of a Whisper because itâ€™s quiet and I've seen videos where it's turning *very* slowly, but I have questions about the build quality and power. Itâ€™s also 30% more than the Brent. I think Matt Horne uses a Shimpo. There some shops here selling Rodervelds and Skutt Prodigies, but I donâ€™t know about the shops or the wheels. Any recommendations?
My Clay Boss slows down when I'm pressing down to center clay. The motor is 1/2 hp and the wheel is about 18 months old. I checked the belt and it wasn't at the center of the wheel belt pulley, so I adjusted it following the instructions in the manual, and next time I threw it worked better for a few minutes then started slowing again. When I checked it, the belt was off center again. I sent a picture to Speedball and they decided I need a new wheel head/shaft and bearing, which they sent me. Does this repair make sense? Today is Saturday and Speedball is closed, but I'm not sure I want to switch out the wheel heads until I understand why it will make a difference. Is the wheel supposed to maintain speed when you're centering or is the motor too small in this model? Thanks for any help or suggestions.