Wobbly wheel – Part cinq: Final resolution? Not.

Thirteen weeks after placing an order for a portable Shimpo Aspire, I finally – finally – received the replacement wheel head for the wobbly wheel I’ve periodically posted about. I willed myself to wait, patiently and calmly, for resolution.

When I opened the box, I eyeballed the replacement plate. It’s surprisingly lightweight – constructed from aluminum. Makes sense for a portable wheel.

Dane had all the right tools, so he did the honors. Then I took the wheel for a dry run. Not sure that the wobble’s better. There’s still a shimmy. It’s noticeable, but possibly less so than the original wheel head.

The shimmy isn’t as much a side-to-side movement like before. Rather, it’s a lopsided up-and-down wobble. It was a little challenging to throw even the smallest amount of clay. Centering was fairly easy, but I found I had to slow my wheel speed down significantly to center and pull the clay.

Take a look.

Overview of Shimpo Aspire with replacement wheel head.
Side view of Shimpo Aspire.

I wonder if I can dink around with it to make some adjustments. Another option would be to have a tool and die shop make a new plate that is precisely planed, drilled and calibrated.

Here’s my dry-run cup – not the best camera angle, but I wanted to show my work at center to edge.

Dry run.

Overall, I’m disappointed in Shimpo and this particular product. I’ll test it out over the weekend and decide whether to return it.

All your life is such a shame.
All your love is just a dream.
I dreamt I saw you walking up a hillside in the snow,
Casting shadows on the winter sky as you stood there
Counting crows.
One for sorrow, two for joy.
Three for girls, and four for boys.
Five for silver, six for gold and
Seven for a secret never to be told.
There’s a bird that nests inside you,
Sleeping underneath your skin.
When you open up your wings to speak,
I wish you’d let me in.” – Counting Crows, “Murder of One

Published by Lolo Robison

Crackin’ Crow Pottery is a Greater Lansing clay studio owned and operated by ceramic artist Lolo Robison. What’s a crackin’ crow? Simply put, it is an alliterative translation of “good crow.”

2 thoughts on “Wobbly wheel – Part cinq: Final resolution? Not.

  1. Hi Lolo, You’ve been more than patient with Shimpo and this wheel. The cup looks great in spite of the wheel, but personally I don’t think I could put up with it! Seems like an unnecessary distraction from your work. Happy throwing whatever you decide to do. Jane

    On Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 12:14 AM Crackin’ Crow Pottery wrote:

    > Lolo Robison posted: ” Thirteen weeks after placing an order for a > portable Shimpo Aspire, I finally – finally – received the replacement > wheel head for the wobbly wheel I’ve periodically posted about. I willed > myself to wait, patiently and calmly, for resolution. When” >

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    1. Thanks, Jane. I’m trying so hard to remain positive during a highly challenging time. I’m sure they get their fair share of crabby people. I don’t want to be that person, so I’ve been patient. To have it all end up in continued disappointment … that’s a little too much.

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