In 2008, I bought my kiln off Ebay. It was a true blessing. It came with a vent, shelves, tools, glazes, … and a wheel. It is a Clay Boss and although it wasn’t the wheel I would have bought, it turned out to be a very good wheel.
It has plenty of horsepower and is relatively light weight. I have taken it to my sister’s house and to Firetower Studio West for on-site lessons. I have often recommended it to students who are seeking a wheel because it is one of the less expensive models. But, the lower cost has a price – it is loud and it has a paltry splash basin.
I have been saving money all year to replace my wheel – admittedly, an indulgence. Now, I am the proud owner of a Bailey ST-X Wheel. I have thrown on various models of Brent, Shimpo, Thomas Stewart, Pacifica, Bailey, and Creative Industries. They all have benefits. And, as I said, the Clay Boss by Creative Industries is a good option for many students. But, I chose the Bailey ST-X for several reasons: it is quiet; has a large, removable splash pan; has plenty of horsepower; allows for several add-on feature such as adjustable legs and work tables; and is inexpensive.
I am really looking forward to using it (as soon as I can get back in the studio). My former wheel has a new home at Firetower Studio West. This is such a luxury! Now, Julie can and I can throw together (she is quite the slave-driver).