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New Skutt Steven Hill - Wheel Head Wobble Problem

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I was so excited when my husband gave me a brand spanking new Skutt Wheel for Christmas.  Now I can throw standing up and it has made a world of difference for my aching back.  But I had never used a Skutt before, only Brents.  I am experiencing a centering problem - which is possibly my experience level and past 2 years of mostly handbuilding - but also quite possibly the design of the wheel head.  (I can center clay pretty easily on a Brent)

 

When I remove the wheel head, the shaft coming up out of the motor has a flat top.  The wheel head has a hole on the bottom that fits down over the shaft, but it is conical shaped and I think this may be the problem.  It does not "seat" properly.  Most of the time, if you put downward pressure on the wheel, it rotates level, but just a little bit too much pressure and I get a tiny wobble which knocks my clay off center.

 

I appreciate any advise you can give me...I am hoping it is something I will get used to.  It's difficult to describe exaclty what makes this wobble happen, but I can say that if I grab ahold of either side of the wheel with both hands, I can easily move it up and down from side to side.  It is a slight movement, but enough to throw me off center.  I was at Aardvark rencently and did this same "test" on a floor model Skutt and it did the same thing, only not quite as much as mine.  The Brent however, was rock solid.

 

Linda

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I have that wheel, and don't have anything like that going on.  Try taking the head off, checking in the hole and on the shaft for anything irregular and put it back on rotated 180.  Call Skutt, I don't think it should be doing that, it is a very solid wheel.

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Thank you all very much for your feedback. I've done the 180 degree turn and re-seat a dozen times with no change.  I will contact Skutt in the morning.  I am disappointed to be having the issue, but also glad that it's not me.  I was afraid that in making the transition from throwing in a seated position to throwing standing, I had lost my touch!

 

Linda

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Today at 9 am my wheel head replacement arrived from Skutt.  It was only yesterday that I was told they were replacing it, so I was shocked when it was on my door-step this morning. Again I will say Skutt has the most amazing Customer Service I have ever experienced!

Can't throw today...other obligations, but will post tomorrow if this has fixed my problem.

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Today at 9 am my wheel head replacement arrived from Skutt.  It was only yesterday that I was told they were replacing it, so I was shocked when it was on my door-step this morning. Again I will say Skutt has the most amazing Customer Service I have ever experienced!

Can't throw today...other obligations, but will post tomorrow if this has fixed my problem.

That makes me happy. I have a brand NEW Skutt Kiln that has not been wired in as of yet. The electrician is coming tomorrow morning.

 Knowing that excellent customer service is part of my new kiln purchase makes me do that happy dance!

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Hello, 

 

I was hoping you could help me with an issue I have with potters wheels. Your advice is greatly appreciated! I cannot center on a brent wheel i have, I think it is the wheel and not me since I am taking a class and can center on their wheels with no issue whatsoever, 

 

I have two brent wheels that I am having this issue with. 

One is  brent ie which I bought brand new.. the whole thing shakes the legs rattle. 

the other wheel is a brent b i bought used and the wheel is spinning off, 

 

i do not know what to do to fix this

 

any help is appreciated

 

thank you !! 

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Today at 9 am my wheel head replacement arrived from Skutt.  It was only yesterday that I was told they were replacing it, so I was shocked when it was on my door-step this morning. Again I will say Skutt has the most amazing Customer Service I have ever experienced!

Can't throw today...other obligations, but will post tomorrow if this has fixed my problem.

 

That makes me happy. I have a brand NEW Skutt Kiln that has not been wired in as of yet. The electrician is coming tomorrow morning.

 Knowing that excellent customer service is part of my new kiln purchase makes me do that happy dance!

I have three Skutt kilns and three TS/Skutt Wheels, very happy with all of them...

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Hello, 
 
I was hoping you could help me with an issue I have with potters wheels. Your advice is greatly appreciated! I cannot center on a brent wheel i have, I think it is the wheel and not me since I am taking a class and can center on their wheels with no issue whatsoever, 
 
I have two brent wheels that I am having this issue with. 
One is  brent ie which I bought brand new.. the whole thing shakes the legs rattle. 
the other wheel is a brent b i bought used and the wheel is spinning off, 
 
i do not know what to do to fix this
 
any help is appreciated
 
thank you !! 

 

Is the rattle from a bent wheel head -do the belts from the motor line up with wheel head or are they not aligned well(you will need to remove the plastic bottom pan to see this)When you said the wheel is spinning off what do you mean?? the wheel heads are attached to the head permently .

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