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Shimpo Whisper RK-3E/VL Direct Drive Potter's Throwing Wheel

  • Sku - 7004-W3E
  • In Stock


The Shimpo RK3E VL Whisper represents the next generation of potter's wheels and is the flagship of the Shimpo range. Responsive and powerful, offering high torque at all speeds. With an operating volume of only 30 decibels this wheel is by far the quietest on the market.

The Shimpo Whisper potter's wheels feature the following:

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  • Description

    Shimpo Whisper RK-3E/VL Direct Drive Potter's Throwing Wheel


    The Shimpo RK3E VL Whisper represents the next generation of potter's wheels and is the flagship of the Shimpo range. Responsive and powerful, offering high torque at all speeds. With an operating volume of only 30 decibels this wheel is by far the quietest on the market.

    The Shimpo Whisper potter's wheels feature the following:

    • Brushless DC motor - Smooth, quiet (30 decibels) powerful, no maintenance
    • Electronic Controller - Actively maintains your desired speed under all load conditions
    • Reversibility: Accommodates right and left-hand users
    • Built-In Breaker: Motor protected from overload
    • Wheelhead: Turns Freely at 0 RPM - serves as a banding wheel
    • Very low operating costs
    • Two-Piece Splashpan
    • Two year warranty for peace of mind

    The flagship Shimpo Whisper RK3E VL potter's wheel features:

    • Robust cast alloy remote foot pedal (detachable)
    • Adjustable telescopic legs with 5 settings to accomodate all throwing positions (extension legs available)
    • Three-leg design offers easy levelling and stability. 
    • Large 14" Aluminimum alloy wheelhead (Wheel pins, Batt systems & batts available)
    • Built-in worktable for tools and pots
    • Modular design for compact storage
    • Powerful drive capable of centring up to 45kg (100lbs) of clay


    The Shimpo RK3E VL Potter's Wheel features a powerful 1/2HP (400W) motor (AC230V 50Hz single phase)

    Drive System: Direct Drive DC Brushless Motor
    Speed Control: Remote Foot Pedal
    Wheelhead Speed: 0-250RPM
    Wheelhead Direction: Clockwise/counter
    Wheelhead: 350mm/14" light alloy casting

    Testimonial from Clay College, Stoke-on-Trent:-

    "When looking for wheels for Clay College, we needed a reliable wheel with a good level of power but in addition because we would have at least fourteen wheels in the same room sound and noise level was a real factor in our choice. They have exceeded our expectations. Having fourteen Shimpos in the studio means we can still maintain a focused and creative working environment without the distraction of machine noise.

    CAUTION This product may be harmful to a person who has a pacemaker. Read more>

    Approximate Dimensions (mm):

    Shimpo RK-3E Dimensions

    Weight 54kg
    Ship weight 61kg

    VL-Whisper Potter's Wheel Data Sheet

    VL-Whisper Potter's Wheel Manual

    Click here for Shimpo Troubleshooting Videos

    Why should I buy my Shimpo wheel from Potclays?

    • Potclays are the ONLY OFFICIAL, AUTHORISED UK & EIRE DISTRIBUTOR for Shimpo wheels and pugmills and we can confidently offer you peace of mind that should something go wrong, we will do our utmost to resolve the problem and have the full support of Shimpo Japan in doing so.
    • As we are the only official, authorised distributors for the UK and Eire, our Shimpo products are supplied direct from Shimpo's manufacturing facility on an authorised basis and are manufactured specifically for the UK market, therefore they have the correct electrical ratings, plugs, etc. and thus comply fully with UK regulations.
    • We offer a full and comprehensive technical/after sales/warranty support: Our technical advisor is only a phone call away. You're never far from help when you buy from Potclays.
    • We have regular shipments from Shimpo Japan, so in the unlikely event that something should go wrong with your wheel during its lifetime period, if necessary we can obtain spare parts quickly. All you need do is supply the model number and UK serial number and we can do the rest.

    Shimpo Repair and Servicing
    Please note that we are only able to service or repair Shimpo wheels supplied by Potclays and our distributors which carry the red “Imported by Potclays” sticker.
  • Delivery & Returns

    Delivery & Returns

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    Your carriage charge will be calculated at checkout based upon the volumetric weight of your order, and your location. If for any reason your delivery charge cannot be calculated at checkout, you will see a message explaining that our sales team will contact you with a quote. You will be under no obligation to accept this and have the right to cancel your order. 

    We deliver throughout the UK and overseas using a trusted third-party distribution network. Delivery is to kerbside or letterbox only.

    Due to exceptional demand, please allow up to 10 working days for deliveries. Our Nextday service is suspended. Collection from our Stoke-on-Trent warehouse is currently only possible by placing your order by phone +44(0)1782 219816. Although carriers will endeavour to deliver within the agreed timeframe, unexpected delays due to weather conditions, breakdowns, traffic and other factors may cause some disruption to schedules.


    We are bound by the terms and conditions of our carriers therefore we cannot pursue a claim if these instructions are not followed:- 

    Special Delivery Conditions: You must inform us at point of order of any special conditions such as restricted access or opening times, otherwise you will be liable for any consequential costs incurred.

    Damage/Missing Items: You must check your delivery carefully before providing a ‘clear’ signature to the driver. Outward signs of damage/disruption to packaging must be noted alongside your signature. You must notify Potclays of damage or missing items within 24 hours of delivery.


    Returned Goods (Non-faulty): Subject to our prior consent having been obtained, products can be returned to us in an unused condition within 30 days of invoice date.  An administrative charge will be levied of 10% of the nett value plus transport, but subject to a minimum charge of £ 2.00. 

    Returned Goods (Faulty): If merchandise is returned because of some defect or due to error on our part, full credit/refund will be given.  However, customers must contact us in advance so that making methods and user error can be ruled out. 

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