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#1 Mug

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 05:31 PM

Hello everyone

 

I have a home made pottery wheel with a dc motor, and it has a 1" shaft for the wheel head. I was looking to replace the wheel head with the Lockerbie at around $70 or spend the extra for the Brent at $185. 185 would be getting closer to purchasing a good used wheel. I would love to hear from those who have used these wheels. I dont ever intend to throw anything larger than say 25# 

 

 



#2 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:06 PM

I have used both. Are asking about the difference between the wheel heads? Sounds like the rest is homemade. As long as your shaft is installed right, either should work fine.

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:22 PM

Yep it is home made. I have a 1" drill rod shaft mounted to a 1" trailer axle housing with tappered bearings and it runs true. I have a wood top now, and it is a little off.  I have been compensating by throwing everything off of the hump.

 

Thank you Marcia



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 08:46 PM

If you can get a decent used wheel for $185, jump on it! I picked up a Shimpo RK-2 ffrom the late 80s for $300, and thought it was a decent bargin...



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:23 PM

Not sure of the question-ether wheel head will work . Brents used to connected with a roll pin-not sure  the connection on the lockerie.

This is an important point.

As far as brents I have a bunch of them and they all work great. Lockerbies I threw on long ago as a kick wheel. Long past that stage.

If you are asking kick over power than I say power over kick.

Kick wheels are large and heavy-moving is them tough. 

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 11:59 PM

Sorry, My wife tells me all the time that I should explain myself better. I was looking to replace the wheel head on my home made electric wheel. It has a digital controller for the DC motor, and a variable speed foot controller. I am happy with what I have put together, but the wheel head is not good. I have some misc. machine equipment ,and an Industrial design background. Pinning the wheel head should be easy enough, but I will check into how they attach, thanks Mark.  Hi Patrick...$70 seems fair for a wheel head to me if it will work well. I'm looking to become a proffessional potter, and I need to be more productive. 185$ is pushing the envelope to where spending 300 or a little more on a used wheel may make more sence. There are so many people who buy $2,000 wheels and they set in a corner collecting dust. I see them on Craigs list often. You have decide on what you think is a fair price, and wait some times for a good deal. Around here most people ask $300 to 400 for a good potters wheel. I have fabricated My own to fit my needs, and I'm prety happy, but after all of the work I put into it I see the value in purchasing one already made



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 09:55 AM

I recently replaced the wheel head on a Laguna Pacifica wheel.  It was a second hand wheel that I picked up which had a head that was broken on the ends. They have a tapered shaft type of connection which may work great for you.  I think it was $65 for the wheel head. 


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 07:25 PM

Thank you to everyone.

 

I called Laguna about the Lockerbie 13" wheel head. It is 1" straight bored hole (no tapper) and attaches with a set screw. Lockerbie ships from the California location.

 At the last minute I found a really good deal, and ended up ordering a flat top Brent wheel head 14" also 1" straight with a set screw. It should be here next week!



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 09:44 PM

!4 inch Brent is my favorite size-let us know if you have a good source for them.

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