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Tack II welder vs arc wilder

Hi everyone!

It’s income tax return time and I will take a portion of my return
and make a donation as this website is full of incredibly intelligent
and unselfish people of wisdom. Since I have not much in the way of
knowledge to contribute I thought this would be a way to say thank
you. Besides I don’t want the website to crash because it does take
time and funds to keep all of the archives, resources and promotion
of artists work available. And all who benefit from this “free
website” can at least give what ever amount that is possible. I know
times are tough for many, but I also know that when people give even
a small amount, many times it is the smallest donations that make the
difference–and my experience has been that the amount I gave
usually comes back to me in the way of knowledge and results in the
sale of higher quality jewelry. At least for me this has happened.
No I wasn’t coerced to say this but felt compelled to say it because
of anyone who is lucky enough to get a refund, it may be the best
time for those people to help out a little.

That said, I want to puchase a welder that will help keep multiple
pieces of a project together before soldering. Laser is out of the
question but I would like to know what people like Peter Rowe and
others who might have used the machines thinks of them. I also would
like a graver mate of some sort but since I’m not a high production
person-would a micro motor with a hammer piece work for raising beads
and help with bright cutting?

I have read the archives but would like input from some who have
used these machines and what the machines capabilities are as far a
size of the piece and what I can get away with. I do mostly small
pieces, filigree, rings etc.

Thank you in advance for any advice and I warn you if anyone calls
me a dummy–I know a guy who does knee caps–Ha! Well I think it’s
kind of funny.

Thanks again for everything you all do!!

Anna Herrick


I was at the MJSA show on Monday and saw a demonstration of the PUK
welder at the Gesswein booth. Jim Binnion was telling me what a
great tool it is. It is a very versatile welder and would be
excellent for taking pieces together before soldering as well as
many other applications, all at a fraction of the cost of a laser
welder. I suggest that you call Gesswein and ask for specs. There
are two models.

Related article:

Product Testing: PUK 2 Precision Welder

All the best,

Joel Schwalb Studio