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JDJACK
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:32 pm    Post subject: Plasma cutters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am thinking about purchasing a plasma cutter.
I know they cut mild steel, can they cut stainless, aluminum, cast iron?
Any brand to stay away from?

Thanks for any info
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Plasma cutters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They will cut most anything conductive, including your fingers. ONE thing to look for is price of consumables and local availability of consumables.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Plasma cutters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Here are some cut outs I made on aluminum with my Hypertherm 1250.




 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Plasma cutters Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I am looking at a hand held one, not a programable table unit.
But that is very nice work.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Plasma cutters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Are you talking tips and so forth?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Plasma cutters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Nice work Puddles,is that a Plasma -Cam?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Plasma cutters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Plasma cutters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a smaller 220 volt one rated @ 1/2" works very well, dont use the torch much anymore.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Plasma cutters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They'll cut just about anything that conducts electricity even if it's painted. How thick of material do you want to cut? Buy a name brand so parts will be available down the road. Hypertherm and Thermal Dynamics make good machines but newer Millers would be OK too if you got a good deal. Are you looking for new or used plasma?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Plasma cutters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thermal Dynamics has a four year warranty. You won t be disappointed.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:13 am    Post subject: Re: Plasma cutters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hi Garyin KS, no it is a 4'x8' Tracker.
http://www.trackercnc.com/#&slider1=4




 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:30 am    Post subject: Re: Plasma cutters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I like the Hypertherm unit that I bought. I would say, buy the biggest unit that your breaker will handle, you WILL find something big to cut!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:58 am    Post subject: Re: Plasma cutters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I run a small foundry operation and the large gates that we use are often cut with a plasma torch. We run a lot of stainless alloys from the 300 series to the ultra-tough 17-4ph and 15-5ph.

We prefer to use saws, both friction and abrasive but the geometries are difficult to hold at times.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:43 am    Post subject: Re: Plasma cutters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I bought an Everlast a couple months ago. It has been a good unit. I use it a couple times a week. Consumables are inexpensive and readily available on the internet. So far so good.
A lot of machine for the price. Can't kick about that but If I had to depend on it as my only machine for a living every day I would buy a Hypertherm as I can get it serviced at any local welding shop.
Whatever you buy get a good water removal system. Your consumables and wallet will thank you!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Plasma cutters Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I just bought 3 new TD Cutmaster 52 plasma cutters for our high school shop. They were several hundred cheaper than some others that I looked at and have held up wonderfully so far. Kids in high school tend to abuse things, so durability is very important to me.
 
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