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Old Potters Wheel Is New Again.

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#1 Viking Potter

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 05:06 PM

As a newbie I didn't know the first thing about equipment so when a friend gave me an old Model 402 Amaco potters wheel that had been converted to motor drive, I didn't know that it was considered to be a relic.  It has been cut down so you can sit at the wheel and an angle drive was added so the motor is horizontal.  initially it had a single speed AC motor hooked up and that spun the head clockwise at a pretty quick pace.  Not knowing any better, I started making stuff but admitt that it got to be a challange cause wide thin things tended to spin out of shape very easily.  And right now $400 is just not in the budget for a decent wheel.


On the internet there are tons of examples of building your own wheel.  I am handy enough, but I didn't need a home built wheel, I need the one I have to work better.  I will add that I am very content with the wheel's heavy frame, metal splash/drip tray and general layout.  The  solution was to use part of the "build your own" formula and fit a variable speed 1.5 hp electric motor to my old wheel.  I already had the dead treadmill, I just needed the electronics from E-bay.  $50 and I have a varialbe speed setup that now turns counterclockwise.  Seems like a lot of these older wheels could serve very well with a motor/controller upgrade.   

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 06:56 PM

Nice work! I wish I could have even found a used potters wheel when I first started. I gave in and just spent what I had to. I wouldn't have cared if I had to put a little work into it to get it working if I did find one used. 

#3 Bob Coyle

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 01:49 PM

with a 1.5 hp variable speed you should have no trouble. You came to the right place if you help on ceramics. Post a picture or two of your setup when you get done.

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 02:28 PM

That particular model has a pretty small foot print as compared to one that I had in my classroom and have at home in the basement.  This was a very durable wheel, but as you can see from the size of the flywheel it is pretty big on the floor.



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#5 Viking Potter

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 06:58 PM

If this works, here are pictures of the wheel and the motor mounted.  I am using a piece of plastic tube as a coupler hoping that if something bad happens it will slip before someone gets an arm torn off.




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