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Shimpo 21 Rk-10 Questions

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Hey everyone! I came across a good deal on this Shimpo wheel and just wanted to get some thoughts on it. I tried looking up specifications online but couldn't find anything. Anyone know the centering capacity or the HP on this wheel? Also if it is a belt driven system and how much maintenance is necessary usually for these wheels. Has anyone ever thrown on these before as well? I would appreciate any input! Thank you. The model is the Shimpo 21 RK-10.

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The RK 10 I believe was revolutionary for the Cone drive...no belt. I had 2 in my classroom and they were work horses. I can't say what the capacity for throwing was. Maybe around 25 pounds. 

More than I was concerned about for a classroom.

Marcia

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They're plenty powerful for most work. They tend to run a little rough, but they run forever. If the drive wheel has a flat spot on it you'll feel it with every revolution, but I believe you can find replacements for them.

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I have an RK-2 which is an earlier model. I throw mostly with a brent now. The RK2 is really loud, I don't know if the RK-10 shares that problem. The upside to this design is the cone drive and motor are all mechanical. There are no circuit boards to fail, so if you are handy, you can fix this. Shimpo does not support these anymore, but it seems there are plenty of parts in the pottery suppliers hands.

 

Mine handles 20lbs with no problem. If you want to throw really big it might not be up to the task. But this guy seems to make fairly large pieces on it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-99NPQ_gho#t=1m30s

 

The pedal and hand throttle control the speed of the wheel, you can use either one. Since the pedal is attached to the wheel, you have zero options on repositioning where your foot goes. 

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On a side note Shimpo changed its name and color-it now Nidec and the color is green

Nice owns them and made the change recently as its a better know brand in Japan-they are a all green color company so the new shampoos will be green

Just passing on this factoid 

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