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Potter's Wheels

Potters wheels are very seldom sold second-hand. And if they are, beware! Seriously! It is by far the best to have a modern brand with electronic controller and a powerful motor with smooth and precise drive that works well at low speeds and applies power evenly at all speeds. The expectation when clicking a buy-link on the website of a US discounter can quickly turn to sorrow as you confront unexpected shipping costs and difficulties and especially import issues when customs agents discover the unit is not CSA approved (very few USA wheels are). We know how to do this, we buy hundreds of these at a time.

Brent

A long time manufacturer of high quality wheels that has always taken an interest in certifying their hardware for the Canadian market. Robert Brent first visited Plainsman Clays in the early 1970s.

Model B Wheel

1/2 HP 5 amp DC motor. 0-240 rpm. Auto-tensioning belt drive. 150 lbs centering capacity. 12 inch wheel head, drilled for bat-pins. 75 lbs.

Model C Wheel

3/4 hp, 7 amp DC motor. 0-240 rpm. Auto-tensioning belt drive. 225 lbs centering capacity. 14 inch wheel head, drilled for bat-pins. 121 lbs.

Model CXC Wheel

1 hp, 10 amp DC motor. 0-240 rpm. Auto-tensioning belt drive. 300 lbs centering capacity. 14 inch wheel head, drilled for bat-pins. 121 lbs.

Model IE TAble-top Wheel

1/4 HP 6 amp DC motor. 0-240 rpm. Auto-tensioning belt drive. 150 lbs centering capacity. 12 inch wheel head, drilled for bat-pins. 119 lbs.

Pacifica

A GT400 wheel has been in the Plainsman studio for as long as anyone here can remember. We were sold when they first came out because they were so quiet. We have serial# 1355 and it has been switched on 24 hrs-a-day for 30+ years. It gets used almost every second day and just keeps going and going. These are good wheels!

GT400 Potters Wheel

1/2 HP motor. 0-240 rpm. Belt drive. 80 lbs centering capacity. 13 inch wheel head, drilled for bat-pins. 96 lbs.

Shimpo

The Nidec company (parent of Shimpo) makes large equipment, they do not need to make products for potters, but they do it as a labour of love and cultural dedication to the craft of pottery that is so important in Japan. And it shows. The quality of these products is amazing and every potter knows it. It is normal, for example, that a Shimpo wheel appreciates in value over time, people who bought one 10 or 20 years ago can get more than they paid for it today!

Aspire - Foot Pedal

Lightweight, compact and portable. 100W DC. 7 inch wheelhead, drilled for bat-pins. 0-230 rpm. 20 lbs centering capacity. Counter-clockwise direction only. 25 lbs.

Aspire - Hand Lever Control

Lightweight, compact and portable. 100W DC. 7 inch wheelhead, drilled for bat-pins. 0-230 rpm. 20 lbs centering capacity. Counter-clockwise direction only. 25 lbs.

RK Whisper

½ HP, 400 W, AC 115V, 60 Hz. Direct drive DC brushless motor. 0-250 rpm. 100 lbs centering capacity. 14 inch wheel head, drilled for bat-pins. 135 lbs.

VL Lite

A belt-driven lightweight wheel. ½ hp, 100W DC. 0-250 rpm. 25 lbs centering capacity. 12 inch wheel head, drilled for bat-pins. 84 lbs.

VL Whisper

½ HP, 400 W, AC 115V, 60 Hz. Direct drive DC brushless motor. 0-250 rpm. 100 lbs centering capacity. 12 inch wheel head, drilled for bat-pins. 135 lbs.

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