let us share something abour liner tattoo machine and shader tattoo machine from tattoo artist.
The springs are generally longer and of a thinner diameter…but not always. There are numerous differences (coils, capacitor, frame geometry, spring thickness, spring length, stroke length and contact screw position), but it all depends on what you want the machine to do.
Liners usually run quicker, cutbacks are really fast (to fast in my opinion, they can tear the skin up if you aren’t quick enough) and they hit a little harder. There are tons of variations of liners, from shorty coil cutbacks that are good for small gropings, to a beefy machine that will run bigger needle groupings. I can argue the spring debate because my shaders run the same thickness springs as my liners.
TatuBaron, you may ink like a tatooist but you answer like a scratcher.
Here’s the answer: Most machines can be both, it just depends on how you set your rear post, and adjust your supply. What you have to understand is that it requires more power to run the large mag needles than the smaller liners. If you have a machine with only 8 wrap coils I wouldn’t recommend using it with large mag or rounds.
The main factor is usually the spring length. Shaders for b/g work usually hit softer, run a little bit slower than a liner and run at a lower voltage. Color shaders hit hard and run slower at low voltage while a color packer hits hard and runs really slow at a moderate voltage. There are so many differences, it will be up to personal preference and your hand motions