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Freewire machines

Hey Mike,
What's your opinion on these new 'Freewire' wireless machines, have you seen or used them yet, or has anybody you know used them? Or are they just an overpriced gimmick. They look like shit to me, damn ugly things but maybe they work well i dont know. They are not available in the UK and seem to only be in the USA, your thoughts would appreciated.

For me my worry would be the time limits with batteries or getting replacement batteries, but the freedom of no wires is a nice idea and better for hygeine, there are some youtube videos but these could just be marketing stunts. I parted with my Neuma Hybrids i just couldn't get on with them so i have returned to my trusty old Micky Sharpz coil workhorses. I long await the day that a new amazing tattoo machine invention one day will take the world of tattooing by storm and change things forever....but im still waiting, the tattoo machine seems so old fashioned, surely with all the amazing futuristic technology around and so many genius Einstein types out there's someone who can engineer a new super advanced tattoo machine to change the way things are done in the 21st century?

If not then coils it must be lol.

take it easy dude.
Mortz


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RE:Freewire machines

Junk. Weigh over 10 oz., and you are spot-on:They are Ugly! I cannot imagine hoisting that thing about... Think about it, would you rather have a 6 oz machine made by a true top-notch builder, with a clipcord, or a wireless brick that looks like it was designed after a 3 day meth-fueled drinking binge, by the bastard child of Ted Nugent and a rancid soft-taco?!
On Coils in general: Man, there is a reason they are still the preferred tool for this profession. They are reliable and predictable, and when you know how to maintain and tune them, they will always treat you good.
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RE:Freewire machines

lol, yeah i like my coils and you are spot on, tune and maintain those predictable machines and they just roll on out the work endlessly. Ive never seen the Freewires or held one and there is no talk about them other than what the company says which is probably just marketing hype, the idea sounds good but cant imagine it working well in a a real working studio where you are inking pieces sometimes 4 and 5 hours in length, i would be worrying about the batteries all the time, and what if you have to change them half way through, contamination risks i would imagine would be tricky whilst the machine is setup and in use?

Besides why not just use the power pack it aint that big a deal. A wireless footswitch would be handy though.
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i personaly think these machines have made a new step in the industry you just need to buy afew extra bateries and always make sure one is on charge there is no hasles with changeing bateries while tattooing just take bag of change bat reglove then rebag they are a strong machine and they hit hard i find the weight fine but before i was useing this i had a few trusty old iron horses witch weigh about 12-14 ozzie over all they are a great profetional gun and they alow you to get in places that comon clip cords will fight you all the way i realy rate them absolute winner
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Personally I cant see how these machines can even be taken seriously....

I saw a set at the jacksonville convention and they are pure crap
chinese garbage...

nothing is ever going to beat a nice tuned machine by a reputable company or builder...

this is one of the differences that separates real tattooist from
those who either fake it or dont know any better...

simple
you cant make chicken salad out of chicken shit

buy good stuff, stuff that is tried and true
dont buy into gimmicks
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RE:Freewire machines

Seems the only worth while opinion is that of a person who has obviously used the machines.
I also use the machines and find them to be brilliant with all the perks previously mentioned.
They do 10 hrs tattooing daily with no issue other then battery changes which are simple and hygienic so long as you have the mind for it, any time wasted on a battery change is easily made up by the speed you can work at with these things not having a clipcord slowing you down.seriously my productivity and even the quality of my work improved greatly almost instantly on using them.
Also the pricing isn't over the top its a new technology and a tool for my art and frankly ive payed more for a standard coil that demanded constant attention when these things just go,they tune as easy as any machine with extra benefit of lcd display with tuning parameters. Bag out something you havent used all you want but theres obviously no real knowledge of this product behind any comment your making. These big name gun makers have never personally dealt with a repair of mine where as any issue i may have with these machines has been dealt with by the owner of the company personally i have even been given products just for using the machines and being a good customer cant top a great product backed by great service........GIVE IT A GO I DARE YA!!!!
Also any wieght or battery concerns are soon to be erased with 7-8oz machines and batteries that have longer life than any appointment ive undertaken.
And dont just take my word theres a brilliant team of artists that have the same opinion and share the same passion for the product.
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RE:Freewire machines

Those machines are garbage. I used them a couple of times and they run funny with a heavy ass weight. Plus it looks like a kids toy lol
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'These big name GUN makers'

machine*
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Trolling isn't having any real input mate a tattoo machine is referred to as a gun more than once through out this post and regardless i will call the tool of my trade whatever i wish both gun and machine i swap occasionally EXCUSE ME! Your opinion on the freewire machines? And for the previous post- they run "funny" picturing one of these machines/guns growin legs and running does inspire a smirk and maybe a bit of a giggle but as for their performance ive found nothing perculiar in any way. Ive been using these machines since they were first available to me in australia and the companies commitment to me reflects my commitment to them. I have machines that alone cost me $800+ that even when sent to me professionally tuned to the standard of the maker didnt run or hold up as well as these guns....lets not forget that all technology old and new is limited too its practicalities and that the new technologies have further to progress than the already "tried and true" technologies of the past. Up until my last post i hadnt ever posted here this question was for Mike and id really like to hear what his opinion is as to me the negativity coming from here holds no ground for me as im sure my positivity holds no ground with the trollers so maybe an artist with some real pull in the industry or atleast a web page this flashy which attracts silly banter should make comment :))
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RE:Freewire machines

I used the free wire machines for several years and there are some issues with them. How ever over all Id give them 3.5 stars out of 5. They where very heavy how ever I personally like a heavy machine. the batteries where never a issue they lasted a good while. how ever each battery varies. some would last 4.5 hours some would last 2.5/ 3 hours. but they changed out in seconds and charged in a very reasonable amount of time. The major down fall I found about them is that the foot peddle wasn't rechargeable and that finding replacement parts was a bitch. I first seen the machines at a tattoo expo in st Louis where I tried them out and I was sold on them almost instantly. how ever I didn't buy them right away. I let the idea sit in my head and I ran it buy the other 2 artist I worked with on a daily basis and few months later we ordered a set. when we got them in they where both broken. took a lot of bitching to get them returned and replaced and took me all the way to contacting a field engineer to get them replaced. extreme hassle. it took about a month to be able to use them on a regular basis due to the bs I had to put up with but when I ordered them I was concerned about battery life as well and ordered 2 extra batteries per machine. and it was extreme over kill just 2 batteries alone per machine was fine. I used them machines on a daily basis for roughly 7 years and never ever had another issue out of them. how ever I do not see the free wire machines making a come back cause as I mentioned above its a pain to get replacement parts. most of my equipment was stolen out of Dallas Texas at another expo just last year. I have yet to recop what I have lost. so on a mission to rebuild my equipment I have decided not to go back with the free wire machines. over all I wouldn't say they are junk, very different from traditional machines but not junk.
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