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Hi all, this wheel is for sale near to me, advertised for throwing and banding. I've never seen anything like it. Would it be possible to throw on it or is it just a banding wheel? It looks very top heavy... any advice appreciated! thanks

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Hi - it does look a bit improbable, doesn't it? I gather you are in the UK - but this is not a model of wheel I've ever seen before.

The wheel-head looks suspiciously deep and heavy considering that this type of wheel (stand-up kick-wheel) was produced for the cheaper end of the market - I wonder if in fact it was intended to be used as a banding wheel, in an industrial setting, rather than a throwing wheel in a craft pottery setting. Just a guess.

Instinct tells me you'd do better to save up a bit more and get something you won't have to struggle with - in general, this type of wheel rapidly becomes more of a pain than a gain.

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Yes, I am in the UK. I think you're probably right, and the industrial part would make perfect sense. I was thinking it looked a bit over-engineered for a banding wheel, but it really doesn't look cut out to be a throwing wheel. I'll keep an eye on it as it's only at £50 at the moment, which would be reasonable since I don't have banding wheel either! If it goes for much more I'll just leave it. Thanks for your advice. 

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I have a very similar wheel to this and it is a throwing wheel,  works perfectly, for £50 grab it.  Its a lovely thing to throw and treadle at the same time, you build up a rhythm  not possible with electric wheels, that said it cant take large amounts of clay, too much clay its difficult to get the speed to centre.

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Looks like the wheelhead doubles as a flywheel.

For 50 bucks I'd be jumping at the opportunity to own that oddity.

Throwing on an Estrin with flywheel dramtically changed how I manage my wheel-speed - I would recommend it to anyone.

 

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what is the rate of exchange these days?   i remember something like $3 to one pound years ago.   i sure would like to have it.

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7 hours ago, oldlady said:

what is the rate of exchange these days?   i remember something like $3 to one pound years ago.   i sure would like to have it.

£50 is roughly equivalent to $70.

I have bad memories of cheap kick-wheels, variants of which are installed in classrooms throughout the UK's schools especially to put children off learning to throw.

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