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#21 Jlinett

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:30 PM

I am fresh out of college and looking to start putting together a small studio space. And as a recent graduate, I have a really tight budget. I have been searching all over the internet for used wheels in pretty good condition for a fair price, but it seems like I am trying to find a needle in a hay stack. Most of my search results come up as children's toy pottery wheels! I have heard a good place to get used wheels is from public school auctions. But how do I find one? Are there any other good places to find used wheels?


I have a kick wheel I no longer use. It takes up a lot of space,but works great. It's a home built wheel that I bought several years ago from its builder in NY. he was an art school grad so knew what he was doing functionally with the design, but it is not pretty. A lot of 2 X 8 boards and bits and pieces, with carriage bolts to hold it together. I upgraded the seat, though. He was over 6 feet tall and my short legs wouldn't reach. so I took apart an office chair and mounted it on the frame. My knees can't do it any more so I got an electric wheel. It is in Delaware. I would give it to a new home, but it would have to be picked up. Also, when I took it apart I took photos at each stage, thinking they could be used to reassemble it. If nothing else the aluminum flywheel and wheel head are in excellent condition, very straight shaft and well balanced. I've been meaning to list it on Craig's but haven't yet. T hen I saw your plea!

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:46 AM



public school wheels are ussually trashed by the time you get to them. When I was actively buying equipment for my studio in college, I would go to estate sales. Normally, if there were things like kilns, wheels, extruders, etc ... it was something the people holding the estate sale wouldn't know how to sell or price. If you see tools or art supplies, ask about if they have equipment. At one time I had 6 shimpo wheels that I got in practically dead condition for next to nothing, threw a new 2 hp motor in them, stripped the rust and repainted them and they ran better than originally manufactured. Most I ever spent on one was $100 from the person. Elbow grease and ingenuity will let you go farther than just a hunk of cash.


Usually is the correct word, as the wheels I got rid of were removed because of the amount of space they took up or the type of wheel they were. All three were well maintained kept clean, everything in working order. Many high school teachers are in the same boat, they get a piece of equipment they know they won't get another so they maintain it. Newer wheels came out years ago that took less space, were easier to learn on, and were actually easier to maintain, so many of us replaced the older larger ones.


Yes indeed. I'm trying to get rid of a larger kick wheel, from my class myself. It takes up more space, than I can offer.....next on the list, is the odd treadle wheel....That thing is just odd.


Where are you located, Benzine? I am new, also looking for a wheel and I am in Gloucester MA. Doesn't hurt to ask

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 08:58 AM

That public surplus website I posted had a number of wheels in SE Michigan (thats where I'm at). I know Macomb Community College was selling off about a dozen.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:48 AM


public school wheels are ussually trashed by the time you get to them. When I was actively buying equipment for my studio in college, I would go to estate sales. Normally, if there were things like kilns, wheels, extruders, etc ... it was something the people holding the estate sale wouldn't know how to sell or price. If you see tools or art supplies, ask about if they have equipment. At one time I had 6 shimpo wheels that I got in practically dead condition for next to nothing, threw a new 2 hp motor in them, stripped the rust and repainted them and they ran better than originally manufactured. Most I ever spent on one was $100 from the person. Elbow grease and ingenuity will let you go farther than just a hunk of cash.


Usually is the correct word, as the wheels I got rid of were removed because of the amount of space they took up or the type of wheel they were. All three were well maintained kept clean, everything in working order. Many high school teachers are in the same boat, they get a piece of equipment they know they won't get another so they maintain it. Newer wheels came out years ago that took less space, were easier to learn on, and were actually easier to maintain, so many of us replaced the older larger ones.


That is exactly right, if I knew then what to do what I knew now ... school wheels would have been great but usually with the amount of time and materials it takes to refab them to something that can last a few years without issues ... just starting out there are better options. but if you need a lot of wheels to do some teaching on them and the wheel heads are good, sometimes it is a fantastic investment since you can get many of the same wheel brand for multiple people on a budget. I know if I get another wheel again for my home studio, i'm going to go for a kick wheel I can keep outside and tarped, or I'm going to go for another half dead shimpo since the lack of electric components that can fail are minimal and with a little care can last a decade or so without major issues.

But really, I know I just want a shimpo so I can repaint it metallic blue with silver ghost flames like a hotrod.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:24 PM




public school wheels are ussually trashed by the time you get to them. When I was actively buying equipment for my studio in college, I would go to estate sales. Normally, if there were things like kilns, wheels, extruders, etc ... it was something the people holding the estate sale wouldn't know how to sell or price. If you see tools or art supplies, ask about if they have equipment. At one time I had 6 shimpo wheels that I got in practically dead condition for next to nothing, threw a new 2 hp motor in them, stripped the rust and repainted them and they ran better than originally manufactured. Most I ever spent on one was $100 from the person. Elbow grease and ingenuity will let you go farther than just a hunk of cash.


Usually is the correct word, as the wheels I got rid of were removed because of the amount of space they took up or the type of wheel they were. All three were well maintained kept clean, everything in working order. Many high school teachers are in the same boat, they get a piece of equipment they know they won't get another so they maintain it. Newer wheels came out years ago that took less space, were easier to learn on, and were actually easier to maintain, so many of us replaced the older larger ones.


Yes indeed. I'm trying to get rid of a larger kick wheel, from my class myself. It takes up more space, than I can offer.....next on the list, is the odd treadle wheel....That thing is just odd.


Where are you located, Benzine? I am new, also looking for a wheel and I am in Gloucester MA. Doesn't hurt to ask


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:32 PM

That public surplus website I posted had a number of wheels in SE Michigan (thats where I'm at). I know Macomb Community College was selling off about a dozen.


I couldn't find that. Were they kick, or electric?

What did you search under?

From what I've found so far, you find different results, if you type in "Potter's Wheel", than if you type in "Pottery Wheel".
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#27 StokedAboutWoodFiring

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:36 PM

Craigslist. Search in all counties/areas within an hour or two. Borrowing a pick-up, and spending $40 on gas to go pick up an old un-used wheel beats dropping hand fulls of cash on new, shiny, plasticy, not dirty wheels any day.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 03:18 AM



Once in a while you'll see one on Potterbarter.com but it would only be handy if it was in a city nearby. My clay supply store sometimes have them and I find pottery equipment at estate sales but usually it's kilns. You might join a local artists group and make some connection with other local potters, maybe they can help. Denice


potterbarter.com doesnt seem to resolve as a valid DNS entry--are you sure thats the correct address?



http://groups.yahoo....s&sec=dir&slk=1



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Posted 01 April 2013 - 03:21 AM

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Hi I'm also looking for a used wheel but being based in SW Ireland I would have more luck finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:06 AM

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Hi I'm also looking for a used wheel but being based in SW Ireland I would have more luck finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow


Yeah, you definitely have a much smaller geographic area to search in. So if you don't find one in your area, then you have to deal with shipping, everywhere else. I wonder if it would be cheaper for you to look for a vendor, who offers free shipping, and just buy new?
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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:19 AM


That public surplus website I posted had a number of wheels in SE Michigan (thats where I'm at). I know Macomb Community College was selling off about a dozen.


I couldn't find that. Were they kick, or electric?

What did you search under?

From what I've found so far, you find different results, if you type in "Potter's Wheel", than if you type in "Pottery Wheel".




Electric. Shimpo RK-2s. I had zero luck searching, and just picked a geographic area and browsed through. There weren't too many listings in Michigan, so i found them right away.




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