Randall Kick Wheel

by Brett Robinson
(Long Island,NY)

I just bought my first used Randall Kick Wheel. I didn't get the instructions. How do you remove the splash guard and wheel platform(where you place the clay)?
I suspect it is rusted because I can't figure out how to remove the platform so I can replace it with a different one. Instructions or a manual would be great if I knew where to order it. Or if you have any advice.

Brett,
I have heard various solutions to this from WD40 and a few taps with a rubber mallet to heating up the wheel head.

It likely is rusted on there, which means that it IS possible to get it off.

I'm in favor of the WD40 method. Spray it liberally up around the connection between wheel head and shaft and let it sit an hour. Then gently tap on it with a rubber mallet and gently wiggle the wheel head.

If that doesn't work, re-spray, wait, and repeat.

As far as a manual, I couldn't find anything.

Anyone out there have a Randall Kick Wheel Manual or know where to find one?

They're cool wheels.

Let me know how it goes!

Steve

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Oct 31, 2016
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Re rehabilitating an old Randall Kick wheel NEW
by: Jack D

I am assuming you got this corrected long since but if not here you go. The wheel head on a Randal is tapered as is the shaft end. The head just pushes down on the shaft and is help in place by friction. A god penetrating oil will usually help break it free. The first time you remove it after applying the penetrating oil you should use a pulley puller that has three jaws and is long and wide enough to grip under the head this method will remove the head with little difficulty. Auto parts store will likely loan you the puller. once the head is off get some 100 grit wet/dry sand paper. Kick the wheel up to speed and the sand the rust and crap off the shaft. A cheep battery cleaning tool that has a tapered wire brush will help to buff out the hole in the head. Once you get is all cleaned up don't use too much oil on the head. just a light amount to keep it from seizing up again. I had one that was almost scrap when I got it and was able to completely restore it for under 100.00. I loved that wheel wish I still had it.

May 17, 2016
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Randall NEW
by: Lynn

If you are interested in selling a Randall (motorized preferred) and/or the molds to make plaster bats....please let me know

May 17, 2016
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Resale value NEW
by: Melanie

I've been considering selling my motorized Randall kick wheel. How would I determine the value? I understand that the motorized ones are hard to come by.

May 17, 2016
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Resale value NEW
by: Melanie

I've been considering selling my motorized Randall kick wheel. How would I determine the value? I understand that the motorized ones are hard to come by.

May 15, 2016
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RANDALL Wheel Bat Molds (3) NEW
by: Anonymous

I learned on a Randall in college. I moved and bought the bat molds years later. I have three sizes.

I remember we made the bats on a formica counter to ensure a flat surface, using Crisco as a release. Now I use Murphys for that kind of thing. It was fun!

I also remember how much it hurt my forearm to sponge out the monster splash pan, after we had removed the final bat in the evening. I LOVED that wheel.

I am WILLING TO SELL them. I am located near Dallas, TX. If interested, please email marshalynn3(at)earthlink(dot)net.

May 15, 2016
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Original RANDALLl bat molds in 3 sizes NEW
by: Marsha


I learned on a Randall in college. I moved and bought the bat molds years later. I have three sizes.

I remember we made the bats on a formica counter to ensure a flat surface, using Crisco as a release. Now I use Murphys for that kind of thing. It was fun!

I also remember how much it hurt my forearm to sponge out the monster splash pan, after we had removed the final bat in the evening. I LOVED that wheel.

I am WILLING TO SELL them. I am located near Dallas, TX. If interested, please email marshalynn3(at)earthlink(dot)net.

Mar 28, 2014
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Plaster mold
by: In Missouri

I ordered my plaster bat ring mold from a pottery store in Webster Groves, Missouri, called Krueger Pottery, I believe the mold is made for Thomas Stuart kick wheels, but it works on my Randall.

Mar 26, 2014
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pins for randall wheel
by: carol

Hi Lydia,

Would you share how you adapted your randall with pins to accept other bats?

thanks
carol

Mar 03, 2014
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Plaster Bat Molds
by: Lydia

Since Randall wheels are no longer in production, it's kind of a hit or miss situation to find a plaster bat mold to fit the Randall wheel head. I have found Thomas Stuart bat molds for the bucket head style, but I haven't tried them out, so I don't know how well they would adapt. I imagine if the bucket heads are the same size, it shouldn't be a problem.

You could probably make your own mold... One ring about 1" tall, and the same size as your bucket head, a plane for how wide you want your bat to be, then another ring to define the edge. I bet you could even skip the first ring, and just use your bucket head as the mold for the part that fits in... as long as you soap it up really well :-)


Finally, you could just totally adapt your wheel head to hold things with pins.. This is how this potter did it, but I'm sure you could figure out other ways to get the same result
http://gallagherpottery.com/archives/1460

Good luck! I think I plan on adapting my bat head to be able to accommodate bats held on with bat pins.. just to have the option!

Mar 03, 2014
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Bat molds
by: Melanie

Do either of you know where to gat a mold for making bats to fit this bucket head?

Mar 02, 2012
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Same Problem
by: Lydia

Brett,
I bought a Randall a few years ago, and had the exact same problem. We tried soaking it with WD-40, and every other product imaginable with no success. We even tried hanging it from my studio ceiling by the wheel head with no success! We ended up taking it to my Uncle who owns machining equipment, and he took several good whacks to it with a big hammer and it worked!

The main thing is that you need to break up the rust holding the head on there, and it does work to hit it down, even though sense would tell you that would make it worse.

Do you have the flat wheel head of the plaster bat kind? I have the plaster bat kind, and am looking for a flat wheel head.

As for an owner's manual, I can't find anything!

Best of luck.

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