Why Buy A Skutt Wheel?
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Skutt is the only company we know of that uses a Continuous Duty motor. These motors are tested under much more rigorous conditions so they need to be built tougher. That means heavy duty components that can stand up to the strain students (and big pot potter’s) can subject them to. Sometimes bigger is better. Click here to find out why. Bigger is Better
The Wheel Head
The Wheel Head on all Skutt Electric Wheels is removable! No, not with a screwdriver and a PHD in Engineering, just twist and pull up. This innovative design allows you to have full access to your splash pan for cleaning. If you have one of our removable splash pan designs you will definitely appreciate our one piece splash pan. No longer will you need to fuss with cleaning out your splash pan before you can bring it to the sink to clean like two piece pans. Just bring it straight to your clay reclaimer or trash can and dump it. It is that easy! It is also the thickest wheel head on the market so it will never ware thin, will not flex, and is nearly impossible to bend.
The biggest test of your wheel head shaft is to turn it lose on a big pot potter Like Scott Semple. Scott throws pots on over-sized bats that are over 6 ft tall. When you get that much clay, cantilevered out, that high…it puts a tremendous amount of stress on your shaft. Before Scott bought a Skutt wheel he actually bent a few. The shaft on a Skutt wheel is nearly twice the diameter of the competition.
Okay, this might get a little technical. Our controllers use only the highest quality components. If you look at our controller side be side with competitors you will see that ours is often twice the size. This allows for larger, more robust components that are spaced properly to reduce heat.
Controllers have settings that determine the min/max speed, the torque,the rate at which the wheel head speeds up and slows down and something called IR Comp.IR comp on a potters wheel is designed to send more power to the wheel when it feels that it is being bogged down like when you are centering a large amount of clay or maybe when a student wants to see how strong they are. When you take your hands off the clay, the additional power to the wheel is brought back to normal because the resistance is gone. The problem with this is that these surges may not be perfectly smooth. If you are throwing a big platter this is not good.
This is why all Skutt Wheels are shipped with IR Comp turned off. Our research tells us that most potters prefer to control the needed power with the foot pedal. Find out more by clicking here.Bigger is Better
The Foot Pedal
When you are talking about foot pedals the 3 most important factors are; the smoothness, how it ergonomically fits your foot, and how durable it is. Check, Check and Check! It was designed by a potter so it has to be smooth and feel good on the foot. He also knew he wanted to sell these things to schools and knew the constant abuse they would be subjected to so he built it stout using metal parts where others used plastic. You are going to love this foot pedal.
Built Like A Tank!
Everything on this wheel is stout! Potters can put a lot of force on a wheel. We use them to brace our legs, we push around clay on the wheel head, heck… sometimes we even stand on it. You want that base to feel solid.
The frame of the Legend is made of powder coated, 5/16″ cast aluminum. The legs are 1/8″ thick steel. The wheel head is the thickest on the market and the motor is the biggest.
If you are looking for a wheel you can pick up and take on a picnic, this one might not be for you. If you are looking for a wheel that will last a lifetime…look no further. Click here to hear some of the best potters in the business explain why they use Skutt Wheels.
Handles Like A Sports Car!
If wheels were fabrics…this one would be silk.The smoothness of a wheel is determined by a lot of things; the controller, the motor, the belt, the foot pedal…they all have to work together in a choreographed dance at high speeds, at low speeds, with a lot of clay and with very little. No one did a better job at coordinating these elements then Tom Forte when he designed this wheel. Sure, it is quiet, but it isn’t more important not to flop an 18″ porcelain platter?
Every Skutt wheel is fully tested and inspected before it leaves our factory. In the plant, every department is responsible for inspecting the work of the previous department on the line. We realize that mistakes happen. So instead of hiding mistakes we encourage our crew to find them and correct them.
Serving you every step of the way
It’s one thing to say you have the best customer service and support in the business, it’s quite another to back it up with 50 years of experience earning it.
- Over 200 Distributors Worldwide
- Open 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday
- Talk to a real human voice.
- Parts ship within 24 hours
- Warranty Includes Parts and Labor
- Most Importantly – We Actually Care
Our distributor network includes over 200 knowledgeable distributors worldwide to help serve your needs. If for any reason your local distributor is unable to help you, please feel free to call us at any time. We guarantee you will talk to an actual person.
The funny thing about warranties is that they are only as good as the support structure behind them. A company could offer a 20 year warranty but when you take into account the exclusions, the waiting for call backs, and your over all frustration level, what is it really worth.
Skutt’s 5 year warranty is straight forward. If you have a failed component on your wheel within 5 years of purchasing it, we will fix it. We will pay parts AND labor. Many of our full service distributors will even repair the wheel on site.
Few things are more disappointing than receiving a wheel that has been damaged in transit. We have invested in the top-of-the-line packaging system to insure the safe delivery of your wheel. Many of our distributors even offer professional delivery and setup services. They will physically inspect every wheel before they deliver it.
Skutt has one of the most extensive Distributor Networks in the world for kilns. Most of our distributors stock wheels and parts, have a trained staff for questions relating to your wheel, and have a qualified wheel repair person available. You can find a complete listing of our distributors on our web site or by calling our Portland, Oregon office: 503 774-6000
Technical Service – There when you need it.
Our technical department is open 5 days week Monday thru Friday from 7:30am to 5:00pm. We have full-time technicians available to answer your questions. If you have a problem after hours, we have a comprehensive troubleshooting web site to help you figure out the problem.
Talk to a Person Not a Recording
Our customer service department is connected from the receptionist to the President. It is extremely rare that our phone is not answered by an actual person. If we are busy and you need to talk to someone personally, the phone system will find someone for you, guaranteed!
All Parts Ship Within 24 Hours
We understand that the reputation of your business or education program can be on the line when your kiln is down. That is why we guarantee to ship replacement parts within 24 hours. If needed, with express delivery, we can even get your parts to you by the next morning.
Get in Contact with Us
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