best wheel low cost
Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:37 AM
I should add I just retired, so this is something I will be doing as a hobby, I've taken studio classes many times over the past 40 yrs. and enjoyed it.
Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:16 AM
Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:34 AM
Marcia Selsor, Professor Emerita,
Montana State University-Billings
Marcia Selsor Studio in Brownsville, Texas.
Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:46 AM
Gil raises a very good point. If you have to buy a replacement wheel after a few years, you really haven't saved money. You've bought a headache... two potentially.
My initial thought is that if you are truly in need of a full horsepower motor on your wheel, you should not be seeking a bargain. My understanding of higher horsepower on different wheels is primarily there for centering weight capacity. If you are putting your wheel under the strain of centering 100+ pounds, I would encourage you to invest in a higher end product.
If cost is the most important factor: I can't speak to the Speedball wheels, but I can point you in the direction of a Pacifica GT400. It is about $150 more and a half horse less than the Speedball version you're currently considering. We have 12 of these at my studio. Under HEAVY daily use by hundreds of students and professional potters alike, these tend to hold up for about 8 years. If you're buying strictly for personal use, it should live a lot longer than that.
The GT400 is certainly not as nice of a wheel as the Brent CXC or the VL Whisper we also have at the studio, or my Soldner S Series that I have at home, but for the price it could be a good fit for you.
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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:08 AM
Sorry new to this site, I should have given more info. about my needs.
I just retired, so this is something I will be doing as a hobby, I've taken studio classes many times on and off over the past 40 yrs. and loved it, I'm not good but hope that practice will help. Moved to NC and cannot find a studio nearby.
I don't plan on making anything very large or heavy. I thought this might be a good starting wheel and see if I'm spending my time doing this and than move up to a Thomas Stuart which is my first choice.
Posted 23 April 2013 - 03:34 PM
I would spend some time looking for a used wheel thats better quaility for less money
Used wheels are usually just fine and about 2/3 less cost.
Posted 23 April 2013 - 03:53 PM
"But it does move," said Galileo under his breath.
Posted 23 April 2013 - 03:57 PM
Kiln Repair Tech
L&L Kilns Distributor
Owner, Neil Estrick Gallery, LLC
Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:15 PM
Around here (Chicago area) used wheels are hard to find. And most that do show up are really old, need quite a bit of maintenance, and are overpriced. In my experience, most good used wheels go to someone without ever being advertised. Get a good new wheel. It will be the only wheel you'll ever need to buy. No sense throwing your money at something just to replace it later. Save another $300 and get the TS you want.
My wife and I also live in the Chicago area. We were faced with the same dilemma. We ended up buying a new Skutt wheel (their cheapest model) and have been very happy with it.
Posted 24 April 2013 - 06:21 AM
You can of course, make beautiful round pots without a wheel.
You use coils and hand-build them.
It is still done in e.g. many parts of Africa, where people make absolutely stunning pots, big and small.
Hand-built pots often look better than a lot of pots that I have seen that are made on a wheel.
(and if I step on some toes here, so be it).
I have made some hand-built pots myself and I found it a very rewarding experience.
Image below is kindly used from the site of: Missionnaires d'Afrique, http://www.mafrome.org/batwa_elias.htm
Posted 24 April 2013 - 06:44 AM
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