The original Skutt wheels were designed by Tom Forte, who owned Thomas Stuart Wheels. They were designed by a production potter who wanted the rugged durability that would hold up to hard use, while keeping them a smooth and pleasurable wheel to throw on. The combination of the built-in splash pan, heavy duty frame, and ridiculously strong motor make the Skutt wheels a popular choice with production potters. Upgrade to the ultra silky smooth performance of the SSX controller, and you may never have to make another potter's wheel purchase again. One unique feature built into every Skutt wheel is the removable wheel head. No other wheel has this exact feature and allows potter's to clean inside the models that have the built-in pans.
Everything on these wheels are 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 Skutt wheels are 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 motors are the biggest. Size does actually matter when you are talking about motors and their horsepower.
If you are looking for a wheel you can pick up and take on a picnic, Skutt wheels might not be your choice. If you are looking for a wheel that will last a lifetime…look no further.
Here is a breakdown on the different wheel models and who is buying each:
Built-in splash pans series:
Classic Wheel: These wheels are the original Thomas Stuart design. Built with a heavy duty cast body and ideal for the serious Studio Potter.
Removable splash pans series:
Legend Wheel: Serious potters, professionals, Universities and craft programs love the the removable splash pan, quiet motor and the smooth foot pedal controller.
Prodigy Wheel: Their top selling wheel, a compact but powerful wheel for any skill level.