Is Axner pottery wheel OK?

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I am looking to order a pottery wheel, budget is
about $500. Axner sells one for about $600, but I
guess I could go this much. Anybody know if their
wheel is good, or has a history of problems? I am
a relative newbie to using a wheel, want my own to
make dinnerware, play making small vases. Mainly I
am a 2D visual artist. Also Creative Industries
makes one for about $500 -- is that brand OK?

Re: Is Axner pottery wheel OK?
I don't have an Axner myself (use a Pacifica) but I have heard through the
grape vine that Axner has excellent customer service. Should anything happen
to go wrong (and I dare say that doesn't happen often) they stand behind
their product and will fix it quickly.

Re: Is Axner pottery wheel OK?
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My wife is a beginning potter, and I bought her the smallest of the
Axner wheels earlier this year.  She has been _very_ pleased with it
thus far.  Obviously, based on the time frames we're talking about,
there is not much to add regarding long-term reliability!  However, we
have been very pleased with how strong and quiet the wheel seems.

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Re: Is Axner pottery wheel OK?
On Mon, 01 Dec 2003 08:01:58 -0700, Charles Jones wrote:
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  Thank you Charles. Today I ordered the Axner M600 and am pretty excited
to get it. Also ordered about 200# of clay so I guess I will be cranking
out some pottery soon!

Re: Is Axner pottery wheel OK?
I have had my Axner 600 since the second round of shipping & I love the
thing! The splash pan is terrible but I would not be shocked if they have
upgraded them by now. One thing that bugs me is having to remove the wheel
head in order to clean the splash pan. I do not have running water on the
back patio (where the wheel is) But removing the head is not that hard to do
& it came with the tool to do it. After almost 2 years I am starting to get
some rot starting where the splash pan hole is but the wheel is outside
(covered & screened in) Removing the wheel head is easy like I have said but
getting it seated back on is not as easy to do. I find sometimes I have to
back the screw off & re-tighten it a few times. The wheel itself is very
heavy &I like that about it.

If I had to do it again, I would without question buy another Axner wheel!

I also want to mention to you that they have awesome clay from the end of
batches for only 12 cents per pound ! No guarantee on what it will be but
they do guarantee the proper cone. I have gone through about 1000lbs of it &
have gotten so many positive comments on my work using that unklnown stuff.
I even re-sold several bags at my community school class & everyone wanted
to know what it was & where they can get more etc... at $7 per bag (what I
charged), it was half price compared to the local art stores here in Palm

Happy throwing

- Jeff

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