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Old 08-28-2022, 12:03 PM
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Several of you guys appear to be using these kinds of "jewelry" welders. The results are fantastic. Looking for info and experiences. I had a little info exchange with a US brand, but our model making use is pretty niche. Production builders uses laser welders, but that's a bit extreme for hobby use.

I see a couple main brands:
Lampert PUK https://www.lampert.info/en/products
Sunstone Orion https://sunstonewelders.com/products/micro-tig-welders/
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Most of the German forums tout the Lampert which makes sense since it's a German brand, but there are very few distributors in the US. I'm unsure if support would be an issue. Results are amazing which could be due to the operator's skill, or perhaps the machine really is that easy to use.
The Sunstone is US based and parts/service are easy to get from vendors or direct from sunstone. On paper it's an equivalent machine to the PUK, but as far as I can tell the model making world doesn't really use it.
The imports are unknown to me, but I have spotted a couple positive statements on the German forums and also our own Pufferfish possibly uses one.

I'm looking for guidance on what's important and what's optional:

Microscope vs auto darkening lense vs traditional welding eye protection
In stainless steel the best to weld on?
How much power do we need for materials less than 1.5mm .060" thick?
How many user setting are really needed?
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Pulled the trigger on a sunstone. The Lampert is too expensive and hard to acquire.

The reps there were responsive and future support should be good. They recommended the microscope system which surprised me, but after using it I completely agree. Reduces eye strain and the 5x isn't too bad on bigger parts. Has a shutter system built in.Hand-eye coordination is kinda weird.

Haven't messed with all the setting yet. Still getting the hang of it.

22ga 0.7mm carbon steel:


26ga, 0.5mm stainless steel:
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I know nothing about these, but that looks like a really awesome setup

How much did the Tig and support equipment cost?

Looks like great results already, you'll be stacking 1/14 dimes in no time
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I have an older version of the Orion pulse welder.
I like it so far. Just wish I had more time for the toys.

https://www.riogrande.com/product/or...P/?code=503107
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I know nothing about these, but that looks like a really awesome setup

How much did the Tig and support equipment cost?

Looks like great results already, you'll be stacking 1/14 dimes in no time
They recently went up in price a bit so a system is 3-5k or so. Lampert is more.
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I have an older version of the Orion pulse welder.
I like it so far. Just wish I had more time for the toys.

https://www.riogrande.com/product/or...P/?code=503107
That's the model I was planning on. It was out of stock for most of the year. With the recent price increases I jumped up to a 150s because why not.

I need to start tracking the settings by material type and thickness. Would be nice to know what's actually needed.
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