Monday, August 22, 2011

Pottery wheel adventure, anyone?

Just became te new owner of this thing:

Potters wheel

Upper bearing

Lower bearing and pedal apparatus

The other side!

Model number plate
According to the serial tag, it's an Amaco model 4-402 manual wheel. Old school! It's heavy, solid cast iron tub and metal everything else. It's a little spindly looking, but it's actually built like a truck. I'm going to wash it down a bt and see how it ticks and see what needs to be serviced before I start messing with it.  I'm fortunate it's all in one piece and appears to be ready to use right now.. stay tuned.

9 comments:

  1. HI,
    What is a machine like this one worth, I have one that is like new and thinking of selling it. Thanks... credpath@telus.net

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    1. You know, I haven't the foggiest idea. This one was given to me, not bought.. and I don't think I saw a price listed anywhere in my searches to find out more about it. After using it a bit, I think I'd just as soon have an electric model. This kicking thing is for the birds.

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  2. I learned to throw on an electric wheel and had been for about ten years before I came across one of these for purchase - I rather appreciated the new challenge of learning to throw on a manual treadle wheel, and now when I get back on an electric wheel it just feels too easy and disconnected. I suppose it's not for everyone...I paid $250 for mine but I've seen them on Ebay for $500-$600.

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  3. just bought one of these and a kiln for 80 bucks takes some getting used to but I am beginning to love it

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  4. OMG. People still *exist* here?

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  5. I have a wheel like this. It's great when the electricity goes out.

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  6. I am looking to buy a Amaco treadle wheel, it is very old school, and is going to cost me 120.00 bucks. I was wondering the bat on the top is roached can I purchase another one from brent/amaco

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    1. No....You're on your own as far as help is concerned with Amaco. I own a three-legged Model 4. Called them for pictures to insure proper re-assembly. Young help desk clerk had no clue as to what I was talking about. Sorry.

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  7. Croupier, did you ever find anything on your wheel? I just bought a 3 legged AMACO kick wheel with a treadle. AMACO kept saying it was a model 4 with 4 legs and an elbow rest, but thats not quite what ours looks like!

    Were you ever able to find anything out about yours?

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