Whilst second hand wheels exist it is difficult to judge their state of repair and future reliability. Therefore make sure you make an informed choice.
So what factors should you consider when buying your pottery wheel?
Weight of clay
When choosing a pottery wheel the weight of clay you intend to throw decides the power of the motor you will need for a power driven wheel.
Typical weights are as follows:
Quality and ease of operation
Quality of wheel can be an issue as it comes at a price. However you should also consider at least:
Some wheels are very light in weight and designed to be portable whilst others are meant to be static. Consider if you want to move the wheel between different locations. Heavy powerful wheels can be more durable and long lasting.
Examples of different wheel types are:
A Tabletop Wheel
The Shimpo Aspire can handle your most creative challenges. Its lightweight, compact design makes it easy to transport, and a 20 lb centering capacity makes it a practical addition to any studio or classroom. The Aspire features a 1/3 HP, 100W DC motor, a 7" alloy wheel head, and a removable one-piece splash pan. The wheels speed ranges from 0–230 rpm, controlled by a hand lever. Also included are two 9¾" bats. It measures 9" H × 14½" W × 20" L and weighs 25 lb . Amazing, affordable, accommodating … Aspire! Shimpo’s Aspire Pottery Wheel includes a two-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.
A Powerful model suitable for seated use
Super quiet model for seated use-The Shimpo's Whisper
Warranty and CostWarranty and cost often go hand in hand. A warranty can be anything between 1 and 10 years and cost will be upward of $350 dollars for a new wheel. It is worth asking if it can be repaired locally within the warranty if anything goes wrong..