Every artist new to tattooing is faced by the same dilemma, ‘which machine should I use?’ ‘Should it be the dual coil machines or should it be the rotary machines?’ To settle this dispute, it is advisable that you get yourself acquainted on how these machines operate, what are the advantages and disadvantages of these machines and what sets them apart from each other? If you find yourself in a similar fix then the information in this article may help you to decide which machine is better for you.
Operational Differences between Coil and Rotary Machines
What truly sets the two types of machines apart is what drives the needles.
In the coil tattoo machines, electromagnetic current passes through the coils to draw and release the armature bar which in turn injects and retracts the needles.
These machines are more commonly used by the tattoo artists these days largely due to two factors – it is readily available and relatively inexpensive.
If your memory of a tattoo shop is of a buzzing sound you heard while you passed it by, then it was the coil machines which were at work.
Rotary machines on the other hand are extremely quiet while operating. The needles in a rotary machine move up and down with the help of small motor which is encased in each machine. The presence of a motor makes the movement of these needles extremely smooth which ensures an even impact on the skin.
Coil Machines vs Rotary Machines
According to several authors, the advantages of Rotary machines greatly outweigh those of the dual coil machines.
The most notable differences between the two is that the rotary machines provide smooth lines and shading. There are a few other advantages of Rotary tattoo machines are as follows: