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Plasma Cutters
« on: November 16, 2009, 02:33:20 PM »
I know this isn't exactly forestry related but I know lots of guys here have a lot of experience with welding etc... I was wondering if anyone had experience with a Cut-50 Plasma cutter, here's a link to the specs http://www.bobthewelder.com.au/product.php?productid=900&cat=163&page=1 I wouldn't be asking, but it appears to be a chinese made unit.  There is a guy in town that has one for sale "new in box", I also wasn't sure about replacing the consumables too. 
My welder is a lincoln and I've been happy with it, but if I'm going to buy a lincoln or miller plasma cutter it's going to be a long time before I buy one for very limited use.

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Re: Plasma Cutters
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2009, 09:06:18 PM »
I was told to not spend  money on anything but a Thermodine unit  . That is all that they make ,plasma cutters .   I think that they rebrand for other mfgrs. also  .   I have an old Seeley plasma that I bought new .  I have not been pleased with it . I have to scratch start the arc  , that makes for short life of the tips . If you can get to a trade show or a retail welding supplier that has a good stock of plasma they might let you try out a couple .  I would not buy one without a tryout any more .  Find the best one you can afford and put away five or ten bucks a week till you can afford it . don't throw away good money on one that you will be unhappy with in a month or two.
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Re: Plasma Cutters
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2009, 11:23:08 PM »
another vote for the Thermodyne...
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Re: Plasma Cutters
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2009, 07:35:23 AM »
A third vote for Thermodyne.

We've had a couple over the years and love them
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Re: Plasma Cutters
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2009, 12:40:44 PM »
I really like my hypertherm 800. No problem with it. I purchased it used from rediarc welder rentals for less then half of a new one. I had it for 10 years now.

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Re: Plasma Cutters
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2009, 05:44:38 PM »
I bought the Chinese one on sale for the little I'll be using it.   It works very well for a $400 investment.  Much better than a torch or hack saw.    All of the consumables and tips are available from multiple sources on the web.  I wouldn't buy it if you are planning lots of high duty cycle or prolong use.  For that I'd spend the money and get a Thermodyne.
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Re: Plasma Cutters
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2009, 07:58:14 AM »
I have a Hypertherm 1000 on my CNC plasma table with the machine head. I can't tell you how many hours I have on it, but I can say it's alot. I have never had any problems with it, it makes a clean cut in material from 28ga through 3\4" plate, leaves very little dross if any, and I get excellent life from the consumables. If you can spend the money up front to get a good machine, it will pay you back many times.

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Re: Plasma Cutters
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2009, 08:54:54 AM »
I have a lincoln 3phase, not sure what model. As soon as I get it hooked up I'll let you know how I like it.
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Re: Plasma Cutters
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2009, 10:10:32 AM »
Don't know anything about it but for what it's worth, see that Sears has the Hobart 625 Plasma Cutter (00920660) on sale for 1400, marked down from $1900.

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Re: Plasma Cutters
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2009, 06:22:18 PM »
Don't know anything about it but

I guy should never really admit that on the forum...in print too!!   :D  :D  :D  :D
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Re: Plasma Cutters
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2009, 07:09:40 PM »
 :D :D :D

It is down to $900 now. Only cuts to 5/8" thickness. So prolly not useful in a shop.

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Re: Plasma Cutters
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2009, 09:09:27 AM »
I wasn't big on the idea of a chinese one so I threw out a low number, but he didn't take it, I'll just keep an eye out for a good used one.  It won't be getting anywhere near heavy use but I've never regretted buying a higher quality tool.
Thanks for all the replies.

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Re: Plasma Cutters
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2010, 10:00:04 AM »
For those Thermadyne fans, I've found a used Thermal-Arc 3XR 240V.  Does anyone have any experience with this model?

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Re: Plasma Cutters
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2010, 02:40:04 PM »
I've had a Miller Spectrum 2050 for several years - no complaints or problems.

Have heard a lot of good things about Thermodyne and Hypotherm though.

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