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.Continue reading “Wobbly wheel – Part cinq: Final resolution? Not.”

Cold outside? Find me in ‘The Nest’

Happy New Year, everyone! Here in Southeast Michigan, it’s a winter wonderland. We got walloped yesterday by a storm system that brought an abundance of snow and rain, followed by more snow. Around 6:15 p.m., I headed out to Frandor to pick up a custom-framing job, and found my car and our little corner ofContinue reading “Cold outside? Find me in ‘The Nest’”

Wobbly wheel – Part quatre: Still waiting for resolution

Quick update: I ordered my Shimpo Aspire Oct. 16, and have traded emails with a couple of employees at Clay-King and Vijay at Shimpo. Vijay promised to send me a replacement wheel head and belt. I have yet to receive my new, balanced wheel head. I reached out to Vijay at Shimpo again on Nov.Continue reading “Wobbly wheel – Part quatre: Still waiting for resolution”

Wobbly wheel – Part trois: Dialoging

I recently posted that the wheel I purchased from Clay-King wobbled. I emailed Clay-King on Oct. 23 about my observation, attaching video proof of the wheel wobble. Three days later, I received a response from Shane at Clay-King: “We are sorry to hear about this! We have contacted Shimpo about your wheel, and we wouldContinue reading “Wobbly wheel – Part trois: Dialoging”

Wobbly wheel – Part duex: Head’s up, Shimpo

As I suspected, there’s definitely a problem with my brand-new Shimpo Aspire. It’s off center, but I can’t determine where. You can actually hear or feel the wobble as the wheelhead spins. It emits a gentle “whompa, whompa, whompa,” almost like a washing machine whose contents were unbalanced in the basin … except there’s almostContinue reading “Wobbly wheel – Part duex: Head’s up, Shimpo”

Wobbly wheel – Part un: Portability never hurt anyone*

Two words: Portable. Wheel. Walking into the house after work tonight, I was greeted by a box that contained my new Shimpo Aspire. She can go from zero to 230 rpms and weighs all of 25 lbs., the same as a bag of clay, which means I can chuck it in the trunk of myContinue reading “Wobbly wheel – Part un: Portability never hurt anyone*”