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Pulse Solution machine

Posted by adam from IP: on 10/29/11
Kanagawa, Tokyo Japan - website

I picked up one of these machines recently from Pulse becasue Id heard good things. Not had a chance to use it much but its weighty, but solid and the peanut vice nut is okay, maybe slightly uneccesary, i think id prefer a regular butterfly, but still better than a coin.
Runs okay, capable of hitting hard or soft which is good enough for my needs. Nothing spectacular though, interested to hear what everyone else thinks of this machine maybe i just need to give it time although I was expecting to take to it immediately.
My problem with it though, and the reason im bringing it up on this forum was that the dial design of the sideplate, which although being very solid, seems to get in the way when i put my bands on it. Specifically I cant seem to place the bands in a way i can create equal tension on the needle bar and if anything, the bands pull the bar toward the inside edge of the machine. Im a sucker for small things like this. I learned a long time ago that there isnt one thing that makes a machine good, its everything combined. Consistent rubber band tension is one of the handful of essential things on a tattoo machine that any builder would presumably want to make as perfect as in their power to do so. Id hate to think that whoever designed the machine completely overlooked it or compromised function for design.
Like I said, i dont know if im overreacting but it just bugs me. Anyone had similar issues with this, should i give it some time or should i just pack it in and swap it with someone who doesnt care about equal rubber band tension?

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RE:Pulse Solution machine

Posted by Epicdermis from IP: on 10/29/11
East Petersburg, PA United States - website

I have one and I really like it, although I had to respring it right out of the box, and I totally feel you on the side plate issue. I thought it was odd as well and I still dont know why they designed it that way. It really makes no logical sense but I got it running nicely and use it regularly. I ride my 2 rubber bands one on either side of the circle, which seems to work just fine by putting equal tension on the back and middle of the needle bar. Like I said, I had to make a few adjustments, but I have it running super consistent now and it's a workhorse. I dont like the tube vice.

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RE:Pulse Solution machine

Posted by adam from IP: on 10/30/11
Kanagawa, Tokyo Japan - website

Thanks for the reply, I signed up here just to ask this question.
I was doing the same, in front of and behind the dial, and I suppose I will continue to do so.
thanks again.

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Magnetic field?

Posted by Indelible Mark from IP: on 11/01/11
Austin, TX United States - website

This is a total shot in the dark but I wondered if Pulse designed it that way for magnetic field reasons. A design that is symmetrical may have a preferable magnetic field effect due to the magnetization of the coils. Although I've got a degree in engineering it would take someone who knows much more about physics to determine what, if any, effect the geometry of a machine has on it's functionality.

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RE:Pulse Solution machine

Posted by Jay Blackburn from IP: on 11/02/11
Cranston, RI United States - website

The people at Pulse International are super smart about what they do. There always seems to be a reason for their specific frame designs. A coworker of mine attended the Pulse/Workhorse machine building seminar at the Paradise Tattoo Gathering. I got to read over some of his notes and was blown away by how much in depth these guys (Pulse) go into about the hows and whys of their machines. So I would say there is a reason for the geometry of the frame. I have 2 solutions and use them occasionally depending on where the tattoo is on the body. I feel they lack the punch to saturate on looser skin, maybe I should've gotten 12 wraps instead. They run on the slower side (around 90hz I think), so you have to get use to slower hand movements, but they give that airbrushed feel with minimal effort. I've been able to use them pretty much out of the box with little adjustments. I really enjoy using them, they lay in color just right. I've gotten use to the older vice system, so while it was a pain at first now it isn't an issue. Pulse is my top machine choice, I use a Watson to line day in day out. The machine is super consitent and dependable. You should try KeithB Machine Works, very similar feel to Pulse.

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RE:Pulse Solution machine

Posted by adam from IP: on 11/02/11
Kanagawa, Tokyo Japan - website

Thats definitely an interesting point Jay, regardless of their reason for the shape there must have been a compromise involved regarding the rubber band placement. It seems like when Pulse were making the Belmont that they completely forgot about rubber bands altogether and had to sell the latch as an afterthought.
My Solution hits really soft too and i can get really smooth greys with it but cant shade into saturated black without hooking up another machine, which is quite limiting for Japanese work which is most of what I do anyway. Might be good for portrait work but is probably too cumbersome and weighty for that.

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RE:Pulse Solution machine

Posted by Jay Blackburn from IP: on 11/03/11
Cranston, RI United States - website

It might seem like they forgot about the band catch, but I bet it was just part of the design. I personally don't like that band catch thingie, it does appear sloppy and a last minute add on. I've tried my solutions on b&g and was not happy with the results. It seems like it real slappy and puts in the midtones to heavy. I've tried the archer for b&g and was real happy with the results, it runs on the slower side and feels more springy, it backs off nicely with a large stroke. So nothing beats my Micky Sharpz tdial for b&g, I admit that b&g is not my strong point and struggle with smooth gradients, but the tdial backs off super nice and I've noticed better results from it. I will always use the solutions for color, along with next gen and KeithB.

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RE:Pulse Solution machine

Posted by Epicdermis from IP: on 11/04/11
East Petersburg, PA United States - website

The great thing about Pulse is that their parts are are all compatible and interchangeable with their whole line up of machines. They make it so easy to respring and set up one machine to hit many different ways. I got a bunch of springs and a-bars, an alignment tool and spring alignment tool, and just played around with different spring set-ups, eventually creating 3 different spring/ a-bar combos that hit the way I like and that I can plug-and-play with the same machine( the Solution). Simply drop out the one set-up and put the other one in, tighten it all up, and it is a completely different machine, all within a minute or so with minimal adjustment of the contact. Basically 3 machines for the price of one and some change. If you do not like how your Pulse machine is hitting, believe me, you can very easily change that. It may take a little bit of practice if you dont know what's what as far as springs are concerned, but once you get a feel for how different gauges function with regards to front and rear springs, and how much tension is required, you can really do an awful lot with them. It is also a great way to get hands on experience with tuning a machine, and figuring out how much a little tweek here and there can make a huge difference in performance. I learned a lot about machines just by taking apart some Pulse machines, and regearing them with different coils, springs...etc. I think they make a great product that isnt overhyped, it's priced nice, and easy to turn a wrench on when needed. nothing fancy, but solid performers that can get the job done well and efficiently.

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RE:Pulse Solution machine

Posted by Jay Blackburn from IP: on 11/06/11
Cranston, RI United States - website

I agree, I will always use a Pulse machine in my lineup. I absolutely love their machines and think they are they one of the best I've ever used. I have tweaked one of the solutions I have to hit a little harder, but I'd rather keep them close to factory as much as possible. Don't really have a reason why, I'm just anal about stuff like that. The fact that my newer Pulse machines have the new vice system bothers me because they dont match my old ones....stuff like that doesn't make any sense but it sorta does to me. So as far as keeping an extra a-bar setup with springs sounds like a good idea, I just can't bring it to myself to do it. I'm big into fiddling with the machines and have put together several other ones with Pulse components and use them on a regular basis. A figure 8 a-bar with 3/8 cores and 20/18g spring set saturates like a mofo, but I can't bring it to myself to add those to the stock solutions. Maybe if I found another frame, hmmm. As for now I'm on a huge KeithB kick. Those machines are just great, they have the best consistency through nearly the entire voltage range with no chatter...I suggest them to everyone.

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