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    Default can you recommend a good pyrography machine ?

    probably in the wrong section...

    but want a good machine that will allow fine detail.

    next to nill experience in pyrography.

    recommend anything in particular ?

    thanks kindly

    Jake

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    Growing old is much better than the alternative!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprog View Post
    ta.

    noticed there's all sorts of tips there..... which would you go for on wood? first thought is maybe that long thinner tip would feel more like a pencil ??? I don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apricotripper View Post
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    noticed there's all sorts of tips there..... which would you go for on wood? first thought is maybe that long thinner tip would feel more like a pencil ??? I don't know.
    You can do just about everything with the standard nib. Light touch and lower temp for fine work.

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    Default Razertip or Burnmaster

    Have a look here options with Razertip and Burnmaster, both units give you excellent control and ability to do very fine work.
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    Jake, I have owned the Ironcore and the Burnmaster for many years. While it pains me to say it the Australian built Ironcore ( while well built) has very few features. Its good for texturing and if you want to make your own tips. But for all out versatility the units that are sourced from overseas markets (where they do more fine work, with dedicated pens) are well worth considering. IMO.
    The Ironcore people could make it into an excellent unit, but obviously don't seem interested. ( I have contacted them over the years)

    I hope this helps,

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    thanks for all the help


    inventor,

    you mentioned those fine tips for the burnmaster ........they look good, lean, but what worries me is the price. 30 odd bucks each ......how often do you go through the tips ?

    thinking it maywell be better to just buy a dozern regular cheap tips and shape them if they wear too fast ?? .

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    Jake they last a very long time,

    The only people who have trouble are the ones embelshing their work and use a high heat all the time.

    For doing fine work like you want to do you will find the heat is down low so not overheating the tips.
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    thanks Jim. give it some thought.

    ta.

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    Jake, you can buy a 'pen' type handle (from Jim) that you can use with your own tips, out of nichrome wire. AND/OR selectively buy a Detailmaster brand pen that suits the work you do most. Buy the fixed tip type as they have welded tips that ensure good life. The vented type are very nice.

    The main thing is you can use what ever type pen or 'make your own tip' handle to the pyro unit and not restricted to just one handle.

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    All I can recommend is don't buy an el cheapo like I have, it doesn't get hot enough and impedes any fluidity in doing intricate or repetitive tasks. Also consider the type of wood best suited, my el cheapo hardly made a mark on some of the harder Australian woods

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    For what its worth, I bought a Razertip here in Oz although its made in Canada. Brilliant machine with heaps of specialised tips to do almost anything. But you really only need 2 or 3 for most things. I'd recommend a small rounded skew tip and a 0.8mm stylus tip to start with. PM me if you're interested as I've found a good source.

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    A bit of a derail, Jake, but as added information if somebody is kind enough to provide it: are there other differences besides the variable temperature, between one of those thin soldering pens used for electronics and these instruments? I have a vague recollection of having seen, decades ago, one of those fitted with a rheostat for the purpose.

    Pyrography often tempted me, but my fine motor skills are not good enough for it, unfortunately. I suck at calligraphy, having my scrawling etched in perpetuity is a terrible thought.

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    Come on you guys, get behind Australia.
    Our pyrography machines are as good if not better than than these foreign imports.
    Give Australia a go!
    Is the bottom line more important than supporting Australia and Australians?

    Growing old is much better than the alternative!

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    Hi,
    I built a unit from a PC power supply and it worked fine for a while.
    Need to build another unit.
    Question is:
    Is DC a prerequisite or will an AC power source work?
    I ask because my soldering iron works on a AC power supply.
    Thanks
    Phil

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