Donald Burroughs on thu 27 nov 03
Has anybody purchased and used either the Frema or Axner wheels? I believe
they are one in the same.Your comments please.
Vince Pitelka on fri 28 nov 03
> Has anybody purchased and used either the Frema or Axner wheels? I believe
> they are one in the same.Your comments please.
I am a little baffled at your statement above. The Fremas are made in
Taiwan and seem to be a ripoff of Shimpo designs, while Axner makes their
own wheels. I looked at both of them online, and the two are completely
different in appearance when you compare them.
I cannot imagine why Frema is using that crappy two piece Shimpo-design
splash pan. If you place your water bucket on that horizontal ledge, the
splash pan comes apart at the joint. It was a terrible design when Shimpo
started using it ten or fifteen years ago, and I am amazed that anyone is
still using it.
As I said, Axner makes their own wheels. I think that the smaller Axner
wheel for $595 is probably one of the best deals on the market today. It
will center 50 lbs. of clay, and it has the same table, frame, and
electronics as the more powerful Axner wheels. I saw these wheels at NCECA
in San Diego last year, and I was very impressed with the quality
construction and the smooth, powerful operation. We are about to get some
of them at the Craft Center, so I will be able to report on them firsthand
This is one situation where you can "buy American" and get a much better
product and a much better deal. I wish that were true more often these
days. But in this case, there's no contest between the Frema and the Axner.
Best wishes -
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Leland G. Hall on fri 28 nov 03
Interesting about Frema. I had no idea. I believe Axner is manufacturing
their wheels in house.
I have been running an Axner model 900 for close to two years, and would be
happy to share my experience with you off list. Email me at
Before The Wheel Enterprises
Raku Pottery and Sculpture
La Pine, OR
On Thu, 27 Nov 2003 21:53:59 -0500, Donald Burroughs
>Has anybody purchased and used either the Frema or Axner wheels? I believe
>they are one in the same.Your comments please.