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 I have just pickup a wheel, but can't find any information about on the web. It is a "The Max Wheel" Model 1500 made by "The Max Corporation" out of Washington D.C.. It's made out of heavy duty aluminium (weight a lot). It appears to have been built to handle a lot of clay. I'm trying to repair it and would like more info about it. Any leads would be greatly appreciate.




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There is one on crags list  just google max pottery wheel 1600-you could use the parts from that one.

I wonder when the very best wheel went out of Business-I had never heard of them?They look very well put together .

Those duel transformers look a bit large.


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We had one of these in grad school. Tons of power, but had a very different feel than all the other wheels because it was gear driven, no belt. It'll be great once you get it running. If you know what's wrong with it, I'd just Google search by the part numbers on the parts you need. Chances are it was built from off-the-shelf parts.

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These remind me of the old gear driven Alpines?I think they where Alpines?

or where they Amacos?

they where from the 50's and had an all metal body and gear driven-very strong but noisy .

I turned one do from my collage mentor/professor. If I recall the foot pedal was a cord/string to the pedal-the feet where art deco looking.The gear box sounded like an old Willys transmission.

I had a second chance at the same wheel 20 years later and I said no again.


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The information for the Max wheel seems to be limited.
If there are any specs on the motor, it might be possible to help troubleshoot the problem.
Would you know if this is a motor or controller problem?

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Thanks everyone for the input.


I contacted John Hesselberth. He said "Max corporation no longer exists. The founder died 10 or more years ago and his son liquidated the remaining inventory. Your only hope is to take it to a repair shop that works on DC motors and hope they can repair it for you."


I believe that the motor is working fine, but that the issue may be the control box, possibly the transformers. I was thinking of replacing the transformers, but they have no information on them.  All the wiring and the circuit board looks fine, no overt signs of damage just old. I was going to start testing all the individual components, but may be the simplest thing to do is to find a new speed control box  that is compatible. Any advice on a new speed controller? 


Here what's on the control box:


The Max Wheel

0-200 rpm     one hp    12 amp max

105 -125 VAC                   50/60 hz

Model No. 1500

Serial No.  709-15463


Here's what is on the gear box:


Class I RATING     FLEXALINE       1750 apm



Model No. BM01786                 Serial No.  UP

INPUT HP 1.27                          RATIO 10 to 1


No specs. on the DC motor

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I can't be of any help, if there are no specs on the motor it's a guessing game.

It could be AC, generally they would mark a secondary voltage if it was a DC motor with an AC control box. If it's DC its probably 90V but the voltage could be anything. I would only suggest a contol box if I could diagnose the problem..


You need someone who can test it.

I would suggest an Electrical Engineer, Electrician, or a Electric motor repair shop as mentioned.

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