Tabletop Wheel vs ?
Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:32 PM
The Shimpo VL Lite and the Speedball Artista.
I wasn't even considering the Artista until I was at MN Clay last weekend and saw one. It's about $200 cheaper than the Lite and that's kinda a big deal. It was set up on some optional legs, which initially I would probably not invest in, but will be around $80+shipping later, if I decide I need them. It had reasonably good torque and I wasn't able to stop it with my hands. The pedal, would be about the same amount. Ad this $160+ to the wheel cost, and it'd be nearly the same cost as the VL-Lite.
It has a 25lb centering ability, same as the Shimpo and I seriously doubt I'd ever want to consider throwing more than that.
Here's what I found about use of bats: More importantly the Speedball Artista Pottery Wheel was designed to actually accommodate those LARGE pots. The motor housing, seen rising at the rear of the wheel, is well set back from the full sized 11" wheelhead, thus accommodating industry standard 12-13" throwing bats with the splash pan in place or 14-15" throwing bats with the splash pan removed. The smooth sloping shape of the motor housing allows LARGE 16" diameter platters and even WIDER bowls to be easily thrown on the Creative Industries Artista Pottery Wheel.
Here are my thoughts....
Artista Pros: $200 cheaper to start, compact design-easy to store, lightweight to move-not sure if this is a big deal for me yet,
Cons: Limited throwing space, foot pedal and legs extra-not sure if this will soon become necessary; use of a bat larger than 12" will probably require removal of splashpan.
VL Lite Pros: 12" Aluminum Wheelhead, built-in table, foot pedal included
Cons: Price, not portable, more difficult to store
I'm not really interested in entertaining other options at this point.... it's really down to these 2.
If you've used a table-top wheel....
Do you think I will quickly wish I'd have bought the fixed wheel?
Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:42 PM
Kiln Repair Tech
L&L Kilns Distributor
Owner, Neil Estrick Gallery, LLC
Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:45 PM
Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:13 AM
Montana State University-Billings
Charter Member and Past President of Potters Council
Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:04 PM
My local supplier matched the price I'd seen online for a floor model he had.
I haven't tried it yet.
No legs, no pedal. I'm going to try throwing standing up. If that doesn't work for me, I'll set it up on a small end table, or build something.
I figured that if I decide I want a fixed wheel instead, I can always re-sell this one and recoup most of what I've invested. Or I can make it a trimming wheel.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:55 PM
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