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OK, I've read most of the pugmill/mixer comments on why get one (or not), what size, and uses. I am retired, am not a production potter, and could do without a pugmill/mixer (at least until my hand/arm strength begins to fade). But, at my stage in life, I enjoy using fine equipment in my hobbies and would like to get a small to medium pugmill - not necessarily the smallest size. Now - I need to decide on the manufacturer - Bailey vs Peter Pugger. I know both manufacturers make good equipment but would appreciate hearing pros and cons on these two manufacturers including features, cost, and customer service. Comments from long time owners and recent purchasers would be greatly appreciated!
Okay I wasn't going to pester everyone with this question but I would really like to hear from someone that has either of these pottery wheels. My husband has informed me he is going to get me a pottery wheel for Christmas. He looked at me when he made this statement as if I already had a model picked out waiting to ship. LOL I have checked around locally and have not found anywhere that I can test drive either model chosen. Oh and yes I have done searches and read through all the subjects here on the forum that cover wheels. I have gotten the list down from about a dozen different wheels to the final 2: The Bailey Pro-XL http://www.baileypottery.com/potterywheels/pro-series.htm The Thomas Stuart Stevin Hill Signature Wheel http://www.skuttwheels.com/signature.html Does anyone out there have either of these wheels? If so would you mind telling me you like and dislike about them? My reasons for picking these 2 models: They both have leg extensions so I can work standing up. How hard are they to adjust? Can I easily working sitting one and a standing the next? Have a bad back need the flexibility of doing both. Both have reversing switches. I am left handed and would really like the option of working in either direction. I like the integrated splash pan. Sorry to those of you that hate splash pans! I don't want the hassles of a possibly leaking pan nor can I because of my back carry heavy pans around to empty so even if the pan was removable I wouldn't be removing it a whole heck of a lot. I also don't want the mess of working with no pan whatsoever. Want a motor big enough to never have to upgrade to a stronger wheel. I know this level of motor is more than I need but the price difference between this level and the next one down is not very much so might just as well get this level. On the forum everybody seems to like both of these companies. It says a lot when working potters say they like or use a particular brand or model. Now I know the Bailey is much cheaper than the Thomas Stuart so is it worth going that extra stretch to get the TS? If I get the TS I would have to cut back on the extras I would be able to get like the ST-1 potters stool, bats, shelves, etc. Again thank you all so much for your input! Terry