Jeff, that’s an excellent review, thank you for posting the link.
Like you, I haven’t used the Orion, but have owned a PUK 2, and
upgraded to a PUK 3 Pro Plus unit about 15 months ago. I also found
the compartments on the lasers too small for my needs. I use the PUK 3
mostly on silver and gold. Have also worked in stainless, titanium,
palladium, bronze, nickel, and pewter. It’s a workhorse in my studio,
and Lampert’s tech support has been great.
I think any arc welder has a high learning curve to it. It helped to
have some TIG welding knowledge, but it was still a few weeks and
half of a tank of argon before I felt confident to tackle a large
project. There’s an art to obtaining that perfect tiny puddle of
molten metal, much more than just knowing the settings on the