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#1 Vsmithpots

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 09:33 PM

I have an Estrin pottery wheel with a large steel fly wheel driven by a rubber drive disc attached to an electric motor via a 5/8inch shaft. Where can I buy these drive discs? It was manufactured in BC. It works fine but I always think ahead. I trained on one of these 40 years ago so it has nostalgic appeal.

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 10:11 PM

Vsmithpots;

This is an example of you not giving us enough information in your profile. These wheels were a staple all through highschools in Canada.

1.If you look closely at the motor mount, you can see that it is very easy to have your left foot suck into the motor. If you or someone else accidentally touches the flywheel with your foot..wham,sucked or actually pulled into the spinning"puck"

2. Later versions have a safety cage that goes on the left side of the motor.

3.Most beginning potters I know get rid of these old clunkers in favour of a Brent or a Creative Industries wheel.

4.If you were working in a co-operative studio, your studio neighbours would insist that you sell this wheel, as it produces a high pitched whine once it gets going.

If you live in Canada, I can tell you where to get a replacement rubber drive.Can't help you if you are in the U.S.

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 10:35 PM

I have one of those Estrin wheels as well!!!!!  It is going on 40 years old.  Estrin went out of business a good while back.

 

GREAT little wheel........ I love it for trimming.  The light flywheel is great for using like a Japanese/Korean kickwheel,........ I pull it using the left foot (trimming counterclockwise).

 

My original "hockey puck" drive wheel is still fine.  I almost never use the motor.  Prefer to kick.  Motor is easy to remove... it spends 99 pecent of the time not on the wheel.

 

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 10:37 PM

Try an appliance repair shop...they are the same wheels used for tumble dryers.
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Posted 14 January 2014 - 12:12 AM

Put a metal cover over that drive wheel as you will not like your foot in it.

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 09:34 AM

A lot of these wheels that used a drive puck on the motor are still around. Lockerbies, Amacos, and others are sitting in studios and junk piles unused for want of a drive puck. Hard to find them nowadays. I have been looking for one for an older Amaco that I used to use a lot before I got my CXC, but no luck.


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 11:13 AM

Might something here work?  http://www.mcmaster....rollers/=q8yc7j


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 06:02 PM

Thanks Neil, the first one on the page looks like it fits the Amaco. I have bookmarked the page and will be getting the wheel running again.


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 06:06 PM

Thanks Neil, the first one on the page looks like it fits the Amaco. I have bookmarked the page and will be getting the wheel running again.

 

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 11:04 PM

I recently purchased a Estrin kickwheel with motor that needs to be refurbished...lots of rust.

I am trying to remove the throwing wheel and have located the two hex nuts on the shaft. Is

there a hex nut on the top of the wheel?

Thank you for any replies.



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 10:11 AM

Never had to do a thing to mine.... still in mint condition...... so I don't know if there is another hex nut. When I get a chance I'll take a look.

 

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 07:41 PM

Vsmithpots;

This is an example of you not giving us enough information in your profile. These wheels were a staple all through highschools in Canada.

1.If you look closely at the motor mount, you can see that it is very easy to have your left foot suck into the motor. If you or someone else accidentally touches the flywheel with your foot..wham,sucked or actually pulled into the spinning"puck"

2. Later versions have a safety cage that goes on the left side of the motor.

3.Most beginning potters I know get rid of these old clunkers in favour of a Brent or a Creative Industries wheel.

4.If you were working in a co-operative studio, your studio neighbours would insist that you sell this wheel, as it produces a high pitched whine once it gets going.

If you live in Canada, I can tell you where to get a replacement rubber drive.Can't help you if you are in the U.S.

TJR.

I do live in Nova Scotia. I bought this wheel and it is working fine, but the drive wheel has very hard rubber, so it vibrates just a touch. I assume a newer rubber drive wheel will be smoother. I have 11 potters wheels, Brent, Creative Industry, Shimpo, Amaco and Pacifica, for some reason I love the feeling of the Estrin wheel. It is like the difference between a manual and an automatic car, I can throw faster on any of the other wheels but the challenge of the Estrin wheel is preferable to me. After 40 years on potters wheels I like the challenge. It does not have the whine you describe and I only engage the motor for centering, the flywheel has enough momentum for anything under 2lbs weight, most pieces need foot braking to take them off the wheel. I will attach a shield to the motor, thanks for the heads up on that. I will also try turning it around and attach the seat to the other side, so that the motor is out of reach.



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 12:26 PM

Lockerbie Kick Wheels... Lockerbie Rubber Drive Wheel,
Lockerbie Hardware Only for Drive Wheel

These parts may be just what you need.

As far as the safety cover. What fun is it if you can't get hurt!

For those of you on the other side of the fence...I can see it is a necestity when you are in a studio with other potters.

These wheels where made when common sence ran rapid.

I don't know any one legged potters, but thier were probably a few.



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:42 PM

I replaced the drive wheel with a hockey puck. I had a machinist bore out the middle. Works perfectly. I would happily buy another Estrin if I could find one.



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:52 PM

I replaced the drive wheel with a hockey puck. I had a machinist bore out the middle. Works perfectly. I would happily buy another Estrin if I could find one.

I used to teach kids pottery classes on Saturday mornings at our main art gallery. Had a call from a parent;"Why is my daughter's foot all black?"

Apparently she had jammed her left foot into the motor and was too shy to tell me.If you put your left foot down on the flywheel, it'll shoot right into the motor. Great wheels for trimming and small stuff.I had eight in a classroom, and they all whined when they got going.

I have a chance to pick one up for free-I'm tempted. I will wear work boots.

TJR.

Edit; The whining was from the wheels, not the students. :rolleyes:

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 09:45 PM

In Feb, Lucinda said she would like another Estrin wheel. There is one for sale on kijiji in Montreal. The price is way too high - $1000! It will have to come down as there are wheels for sale frequently. It is not as well put together as the one I have.  I was delighted to see this listing because, at long last I have a brand name for the wheel I love which was given to me many years ago. 

 

However, the seat was stolen. As the company is out of business, does anyone know where I can get a seat!!!! 

 

The way mine is put together, there is no way to catch one's foot. At least, I have not come close in 20 years. 



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Posted 06 September 2015 - 09:36 AM

I love how my Estrin wheel works. Simple,  smooth operation and simple to repair if you need to. You do not require a special replacement  motor, almost any good hardware store would have one that would work. You might not find one with a switch on the motor but I think a switch close at hand would be better anyway .

Just purchased a second one for $250 complete with working motor. 

I replaced the rubber drive wheel on my first one as it had gone hard and cracked. Went out and purchased a $1.50 hockey puck, went for the softer one. Found the centre and rilled in a hole. Then mounted the puck and then ran the motor and used a coarse rasp and sander to reduce the size and true it up to perfect round.  Works great now, 

I do agree that the drive wheel could do with a shield, might add one to it with a piece of sheet metal and a welder.

The other thing I did to it was to put in 3 allen bolts in the wheel and made a bunch of bats out of MDF board to fit the pin alignment. The hard part was to get all 3 pins perfectly spaced around centre. The groves in the plater worked well for a guide, problem came when I went to do the same to the 2nd wheel  the groves where not the same as the first one. Just a hint to those who want to do the same thing, don't put your pins in the area that has the rib on the bottom side of the platter like I did, that gave me some problems.



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Posted 06 September 2015 - 12:34 PM

*advocating the use of a HOCKEY PUCK for replacement parts for a Canadian made wheel.*
This made my day, and made me face palm all at once.

I played around with an Estrin with no foot guard for about a semester before it started to throw my SI joint out of whack. I liked the motion and how quiet it was, but the way I had to sit at it put my hips at a really bad angle. Definitely made for six foot dudes, not 5'6" girls.

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Posted 06 September 2015 - 02:54 PM

When these Estrin wheels were first made they used a hockey puck for the drive wheel.  If you can take the shaft and the puck apart, (some of them you were able to and others were welded at the end of the shaft, thus making the puck non removable), you can have a hole drilled through the puck to attach it back on to the shaft.  If she shaft and puck are welded together, the best bet is to have someone in a machine shop replace the shaft and have them attach a puck on the end of the shaft.  The parts for these wheels were standard, off the shelf parts, no unusual sized threads.  

 



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Posted 06 September 2015 - 05:06 PM

I have an Estrin pottery wheel with a large steel fly wheel driven by a rubber drive disc attached to an electric motor via a 5/8inch shaft. Where can I buy these drive discs? It was manufactured in BC. It works fine but I always think ahead. I trained on one of these 40 years ago so it has nostalgic appeal.

I also have a kickwheel that was given to me in pretty bad shape. I spent a little time refurbishing it...tightened up the bolts, replaced the bearings, made a splash pan for it and installed my own motor. I was able to Rube Goldberg the motor setup with a modified foot pedal and used an inline skate wheel for the driver. I kick the wheel to get things moving, then apply the motorized contraption to keep it going. My foot-hand coordination is not that great so I had to come up with the motor rig. I use the kickwheel for trimming and my CI wheel for throwing. The attached photos show the motor setup and in the seat end view you can see the skate wheel on the flywheel.Attached File  Kickwheel motor view 1.jpg   205.38KB   0 downloadsAttached File  Kickwheel seat view 1.jpg   227.98KB   0 downloads







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