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wheel heads \ time spent cleaning - was melted wheel head

updated thu 7 may 09


Randall Moody on tue 5 may 09

On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 5:40 PM, RedIron Studios w=

> A new wheel head for my Shimpo is around $150.00 dollars. If I throw for =
> years on this wheel head and then need a new one, I'll spend the $150.00
> and
Or you could take the head off run it down you your local machine shop and
trade a pot or some coffee cups to have it re-machined. I have never seen a=
aluminum wheel head so pitted that it would affect the work.

Randall in Atlanta

RedIron Studios on tue 5 may 09

I don't think that CI should replace the wheel head either. The thought is
rather ridiculous.

But what I'm really wondering is what the heck is the fuss with a corroded
wheel head, who gives a damn. You're not serving tea to the Queen on your
wheel head. So who cares! If Shimpo or the other wheel manufactures thought
it made long term sense they too would be putting gimmicky coatings on thei=
wheel heads.

A new wheel head for my Shimpo is around $150.00 dollars. If I throw for 10
years on this wheel head and then need a new one, I'll spend the $150.00 an=
I'll be dammed if I'm cleaning my wheel with a tooth brush when I'm done to
save a little wear and tear.

I often wonder why people seem to place greater value on their things and
less on their own time and the time of others.

Figure it out 10 years of throwing.

One person spends 20-30 minutes (or more) cleaning their wheel and wheel
head. Another just cleans the splash (if it needs it) wipes the wheel head
and is done for the day 1-2 minutes.

After 10 years you've spent so much damn time babying a $150.00 wheel head
that had you used that time throwing, you could have probably bought a
shiny, pit free wheel head every 6 months.

I'm not advocating it or what have you but I leave cookies on my wheel head
sometimes for weeks on end. I'm here to work not have pretty tools.

-----Original Message-----
From: Clayart [mailto:Clayart@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG] On Behalf Of Lyons
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 5:03 AM
Subject: Re: Should CI replace Melted Wheel head?

I don't believe that CI has any responsibility to replace your wheel head.
When I purchased my Clay Boss I knew right away that the wheel head was
either plastic or plastic coated. My first thought was that it was "cheap"=
But after using it the plastic wheel head made a lot of sense when
considering the ease of cleaning corrosion prevention. I have to applaud
CI's ability to mass produce an inexpensive but true running wheel head in
this way. My Brent wheel head needs a lot more vigorous cleaning after use
to prevent staining and corrosion than my Clay Boss ever did. I would not
discourage anyone from purchasing a Clay Boss because of the wheel head but
I'd caution them about the electronics in the controller and foot pedal,