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Shimpo Whisper RK-3D Potter's Wheel

Shimpo Whisper RK-3D Potter's Wheel

Regular price £1,620.00 GBP
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The Shimpo Whisper RK-3D marked a significant advancement in potter's wheels. 

As the first potter’s wheel to feature a brushless DC direct drive motor in the whole industry, it is an extremely versatile wheel for a variety of pottery needs, especially when you throw large pieces or throw off the hump.

This wheel is as fast and powerful as any wheel you will find out there, but it also somehow manages to be unbelievably quiet. The noise never reaches over 30 decibels, the sound levels of a quiet night in the suburbs.

Although the RK-3D may look like its predecessor, the Shimpo RK-10, it completely outperforms it’s older brother in every category.


Robust (built with steel)

Direct drive (no belt)

Extremely precise control

Can hold 45KG clay with ease

Foot pedal and hand lever

Wheel-head and two-piece splash pan included

The brushless DC motor and direct drive (no belt) system contribute to completely reducing any sound or vibration. The motor is electronically controlled by a precision foot pedal and hand lever. 

The motor will never veer from your present speed unless prompted.

✅ NO RISK. If for any reason you change your mind, you can simply return the wheel to us and we will give you a full refund. No strings attached. 

Don’t just take our word for it. There are many reviews out there which sing the praises of this excellent wheel.

You will find this model in many studios as well as artists' social media pages. With its sleek design and solid performance, the wheel is very popular with a potters at all stages of their journey.

  • Efficient Power: Direct drive DC brushless motor for optimal efficiency.
  • Impressive Capacity: Handles up to 45 kg of clay with ease.
  • Versatile Wheel-Head: 304 mm light alloy casting wheel-head with bat pin holes.
  • Intuitive Control: Attached foot pedal with speed lever for user-friendly operation.
  • Silent Precision: Operates quietly without belts or vibrations.
  • Dual Functionality: Wheel-head doubles as a banding wheel when the pedal is at rest.
  • Instant Stop: Immediate wheel-head stoppage upon pedal release, eliminating extra rotation.
  • Enhanced Torque: Higher torque achieved through a beltless design.
  • Consistent Performance: Maintains set speed, even during slow rotations and with 45 kg of clay.
  • Professional Input: Designed with input from pottery professionals for ergonomic excellence.
  • Built to Last: Durable design crafted from high-quality materials, built for years of heavy use.
Perfect for:

This wheel is incredibly versatile and capable and can be used by potters of every level. If you want a pottery wheel that will not need replacing any time soon, this is a great choice. It will keep up with you as you level up your potting abilities.

If you know you are going to spend a lot of time practising the craft this will definitely suit you.

  • Motor:
    • 400W (1/2 PS/HP)
    • 230V 50Hz, 1-phase
  • Speed control:
    • Fixed pedal
    • Lever control
  • Wheelhead speed:
    • 0-250 UpM (RpM/t/mn)
  • Wheelhead size:
    • 300mmφ light alloy casting, diameter
  • Direction of wheelhead:
    • Clockwise and counter-clockwise
  • Dimensions:
    • 525×582×515mm
  • Weight:
    • 45kg

Shimpo RK-3D Pottery Wheel Size dimensions diagram

 Shimpo RK-3D user manual


Delivery is free, takes 3-7 days and will be delivered kerbside.

All Shimpo Potter's Wheels come with a 2-year full warranty.

 If for any reason you change your mind, you can simply return the wheel to us (within 30 days) and we will give you a full refund. No strings attached.

For more delivery info on Shimpo Wheels orders, see our What To Expect From Your Shimpo Delivery page

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Free Clay

This Kiln comes with 12.5kg of Oxidising St Thomas Clay.

  • Optimal Firing Range: 1150-1280°C 
  • Suitable for cone 3 to 10.
  • Texture: 4.5 out of ten - on a scale from smooth (1) to coarse (10)
  • Shrinkage Characteristics: Exhibits 8% shrinkage at 1100°C and 11% at 1200°C.

This versatile clay body is very popular for both earthenware and stoneware applications.

Under normal or slightly reducing conditions, it develops an appealing speckled appearance. Durable and forgiving, it boasts excellent resistance to warping and cracking, making it perfect for both throwing and hand building. Exceptionally well-suited for educational purposes. Fires to a warm, toasted buff hue at stoneware temperatures. 

Note: Your clay and kiln may arrive separately. We will let you know in advance when you can expect each item.

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