Nidec-Shimpo RK-3D (RK Whisper) Potters Wheel


The RK – Whisper represents the next generation of potter’s wheels. Responsive, high torque at all speeds, powerful and quiet. This wheel is part of the Shimpo range of Whisper quiet wheels which are not just quiet, but QUIET! You can actually throw and hear yourself think at the same time…

The exterior of the RK-3D is compact and solid, it resembles the older compact RK-10 (the RK-10 is now discontinued), but that’s where the similarities end! This new wheel features a brushless DC motor and direct drive (no belt) system. The motor is electronically controlled and operated by a fixed foot pedal and hand lever. It’s reversible, and the steel body is durable under all conditions. This machine has a 300mm wheel head and two-piece splash pan with built in table attached to the pan.



  • BRUSHLESS DC MOTOR Smooth, quiet, powerful, no maintenance
  • ELECTRONIC CONTROLLER Maintains desired speed under all load conditions
  • BROAD SPEED RANGE Allows optimum speed under all load conditions
  • REVERSIBILITY Accommodates left and right hand users at the flick of a switch.
  • BUILT-IN BREAKER Motor is protected from overload
  • FIXED FOOT PEDAL WITH HAND LEVER Accommodate both sitting and standing throwing positions
  • WHEELHEAD TURNS FREELY at "0" RPM Serves as a banding wheel
  • TWO-PIECE SPLASHPAN WITH BUILT IN TABLE Easy clean, table drains into pan.
  • TWO-YEAR WARRANTY These wheels are super reliable!



  • MODEL: RK – 3D
  • MOTOR OUTPUT: ½ HP, 400W
  • MOTOR INPUT: AC230/240V, 50Hz / 60Hz, 7Amp
  • DRIVE SYSTEM: Direct Drive DC Brushless Motor
  • SPEED CONTROL: Fixed Foot Pedal with Hand Lever
  • WHEELHEAD SPEED : 0 – 250rpm
  • WHEELHEAD DIRECTION: Clockwise/Counter-Clockwise switch reversible
  • WHEELHEAD: 30cm (12 inch) alloy casting.
  • DIMENSION: 525mmx582x 515 (width length height)
  • WEIGHT: 45kg (ship weight 55kg, or 122 LBS.)



  • Wheelheads With Bat Pins Can Also Be Purchased. The 12" (30cm) is the compatible model. Click Here To View These. Please Note: The 14" (35cm) Wheel head is not compatible with the RK-3D Splash Pan.