I also noticed that Brent is now rating their wheels by how much clay they can 'continuously handle', which is very different than centering capacity. Centering capacity is more important, because that's when you need power and torque. It's also really important when you're working far out from the center of the wheel. For instance, I made a few 8 pound platters today, which require flatting out a disc to 15 inches. When putting a lot of pressure that far out from the center of the head, you need torque in order for it to run smoothly without bogging down. Small motors just can't handle it.
That said, motor size isn't necessarily the best indicator of torque. The TS/Skutt 1/3hp models have more torque than the Brent CXC. The small motors on Soldner wheels have tons of power, too.
Get a 14" wheel head. Yes, you can put a 14" bat on a 12" wheel head, but it will be more stable on the bigger head.
I, too, am a TS/Skutt fan. I own 11 of them. The Classic will handle anything you want to throw. I regularly make 50 pound planters on mine. And like Joseph said, the big splash pan is a dream. Plus it's got more torque than the Brent CXC for a lot less money, and I think the controllers are a lot smoother.
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