Hello everyone. Can someone please advise what is the the best turntable to use? I currently have the Wilton Trim n Turn. In the beginning it was great. It did its job. Now about 5 months later the ball bearings do not run smoothly. I would love a big professional one, but they are soooo expensive and I am just starting my business out. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
I bought the same one as you, and I have also noticed that the ball bearings are starting to go. But I am not a pro baker, so to spend big $$$$ on a professional turntable just isn't feasible. I cannot write it off as a business expense. I wish when I was working I would have spent the extra money & purchased a good one. Now retired, just don't have the $$$ on just a hobby. You know sometimes buying a cheaper product ends up costing you more money in the long run. Case in point, your Wilton. Probably cost you between $30-45 dollars & it doesn't work anymore. The pro ones, like Fat Daddios are about $65 US. They sell them at globalsugarart.com. They seem to have the best price. Sometimes Rosa..... it is pay now, or pay me later. Meaning, if I had spent good money the 1st place, I wouldn't be in a pickle as you right now!! Hee Hee
I can tell you what I am doing now Rosa. I had a large wooden turntable I use to use on my kitchen table that I saved. So glad I did. I have a very, heavy stock pot I turn upside down, I place a piece of rubber matt on the pot bottom. I then place the wooden turntable on that. I put another piece of rubber matting on the turntable, then place my cake board & cake on it. It gives me the height I need to do my work. Only thing is, I can't lock it in place. But, it works for me.
You can find those wooden turntables a lot of places. Hope this helps. :o)
Great suggestion. Thank you.
Your very welcome. Glad to help. :o)
Also try to clean your Wilton turntable. If you turn it over, there are tabs to remove the top. Clean the ball bearings and lubricate them with a little shortening or WD-40. I do this as regular maintenance and have gotten years out of it.
Oh my Beverly
What a good idea. I maintain my sewing machine, so why wouldn't I clean & maintain my turntable? ?
Thanks Beverly. I have taken it apart and cleaned it, never thought to grease it up though. Makes complete sense. I will start doing that immediately. Eventually I would like to upgrade to a nice professional one.
I would too, but so far really haven't seen one that fits my needs.
FYI-as I use a bench scraper to finish my buttercream I like a wide base on my turntable-which is hard to find. I have the Cake Stackers system and when I was working on the larger layers of a cake a light bulb(dimly) went off in my head. I drilled a hole in the center of my turntable the size of the center rivet(screw?-whatever) of my baseplates from the system. Then when I need a bigger turntable I just invert the base of my choice onto the turntable and voila! I have up to a 21" turntable! Cake Stackers does have a fitting that connects to bases but mine always loosens up on me which makes it wobbly. I never have a wobble with my homemade one!
You know Beverly, sometimes our own "homemade" gadgets can work out better than the expensive store bought kind!!! :o)