Well Who knew?

The Shimpo Aspire Tabletop Pottery Wheel.

This little wheel weighs 25 pounds, goes on a tabletop, and is supposed to center 20 lbs. Yeah right. Looks like a toy doesn’t it?

Shimpo's table top wheel for beginner to advanced throwers

Well I tried it out and here it is. No toy.

The proof is in the pudding.I don’t remember how much clay I used, but the pot stands 13 1/4″ tall. Not bad. Like any Shimpo I’ve used, (and despite the fact that this one is belt driven vs direct drive) it handles clay without breaking a sweat. Very quiet as well. I like the fact that despite all that strength, its very light and I can easily pick it up, stick under my arm, and go. I’ve tried a Soldner tabletop model (made by Bluebird) and it was great.. sturdy and strong, but very heavy.

Anyways, I was impressed not only by its ability, but by its exceedingly reasonable price.

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5 Responses to “Well Who knew?”

  • LaPellaNo Gravatar Says:

    I almost bought this wheel but worried about the small diameter pan and wheel head. I ended up with the Shimpo VL Lite which I can pick up and load into the back of my truck by myself. Maybe not quite as portable as that one, but pretty darn portable! Thanks for the review! I might get one of these as we add students and need more wheels.

  • cynthiaNo Gravatar Says:

    That’s pretty impressive! If I ever decided to offer mobile throwing classes this would be perfect…

  • annewebbNo Gravatar Says:

    One thing I neglected to mention, ff you throw with a lot of water (and I don’t know if you do or not), you are probably better off with the VL Lite Model. The splashpan has some issues: no drain hole and a small capacity. You would have to be quite attentive to sponging it out, *especially* when teaching,

  • SandiNo Gravatar Says:

    I love the portability of it but has anyone else had the bats wobble like the holes in the bat are not quite deep enough?

    • AnneNo Gravatar Says:

      i haven’t, except when the plastic bat wasn’t seated right or if there is a little bit of debris around the pin; those bats fit kind of on the snug side. I admit, I’m not a real fan of those plastic bat as they’re not rigid enough for me.

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