The 8 Best Banding Wheels
This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in July of 2019. Whether you're an amateur or an expert potter, a banding wheel is one of the best tools you can add to your studio. They're great for decorating and putting the finishing touches on any piece, and their smooth rotation helps to create clean, even lines. From affordable options for beginners to higher-end models suitable for professionals, there's something on our list for everyone. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
August 19, 2019:
While it may be pricey, the New Mexico Clay Shimpo-Nidec is a heavy-duty banding wheel made from cast iron with sealed ball bearings that will last for years. Its 28-pound weight gives it plenty of momentum, which keeps it spinning longer and prevents it from tipping over.
For those who need something that's easy to transport between your home and studio, the National Artcraft Formica is a compact option that weighs less than 5-1/2 pounds. It has a 12-inch diameter and is made from warp-resistant pressed hardwoods with a laminate top that won't be damaged by water or other liquids.
The US Art Supply Heavy Duty and Creative Hobbies Professional are both made entirely from cast metal with weighted tops that help them to spin longer. The Amaco Turntable has pre-drilled holes that can be used to mount it to your work surface for added stability, and a grooved wheel shank gives you to the option to add a belt for mechanization.