Dear Scott, We have been using the Orion Pulse 150i for two years
now. You might say that we are avid advocates for it. Before I made
the purchase, I attended a Stuller Bench Jeweler Workshop and brought
a list of 33 chores for it to do. It passed the tests with flying
colors. Metals weuse in our studio: Brass, copper, 14k gold filled,
14 & 18k gold, titanium, sterling silver, argentium silver, sterilium
silver, continuum silver (palladium & sterling) By the way, I just
spoke to a jeweler who tried it out on stainless steel with success.
The only one that is a little finicky is copper because it sometimes
forms its own current. We use the same sharpy trick as laser
operators to deal with silver- no problems. Our consumables are
ridiculously cheap for elements- no expensive light bulbs to replace.
Argon is argon- we use the pure argon formula.
Settings are remembered and saved on the touch screen according to
the task. If you have issues, just give Sunstone Engineering a call-
they arequick to respond and give you help and even suggested
settings. We use the Orion for repairs, porosity in casting, spot
welding, and even total fabrication of a piece of jewelry.
Please feel free to email me off list if you need more info. BTW, I
sold my PUK after we tried out the Orion 150i in our studio. Need I
say more? This is not a paid endorsement, just VERY happy owners of
our Orion. Oh yes, software upgrades are ridiculously easy too. It
was not amusing to find out our old PUK was obsolete as soon as we
bought it. Not nice… Ruthie Cohen