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Old 03-13-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Plasma Cutter Recommendation?

There is another thread about plasma cutters, but I didn't want to hijack it so...............

Which of the newer plasma cutters is the "best"? I know that is opening a can of worms here, but, I will be getting one soon and want to make a good choice.

I would like to get one that is fairly compact that will cut 1/2 with ease and maybe up to 3/4, although I do have a torch to use for thicker material. I will have to use it outside (if it makes a difference) as I would like to NOT burn my house down.

What has my interest is computer controlled cutting. It seems that it is possible (with or without cnc) to get a fairly precise cut that needs very little cleanup.

Thanks, Dennis
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:06 AM   #2
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Plasma

It all depends on where you are placing the priorities for what you want out of your plasma. I manage the fabrication department where I work. We do alot of plasma cutting on low carbon steel ranging from .188" - 2" thick. A year ago we replaced our plasma going from a 200amp to a 400amp. What we have would be overkill for your needs but we have had really good results from Hypertherm. You will have a higher inital investment in the machine but if you're looking for a brand with a bullet proof product and good support, my experiences with Hypertherm have been great so far. We also have a smaller 80amp Hypertherm hand plasma that is used for project work mostly and it has never given us any trouble. Read some online reviews for the different machines you're interested in, list your expectations for your machine and rank them by priority, then see where the machines fall in relationship to your list.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:23 AM   #3
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:56 PM   #4
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I bleed Blue since I'm a Miller man, but plasma cutters are one area where Hypertherm rules the roost if you want quality.
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:20 PM   #5
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Hyperthem, one of the 1st and still the best
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:06 AM   #6
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I just found a Hypertherm 380 for sale locally. I haven't called the guy yet, but I cannot figure out how old it is.

I presume that as long as it works well that there is no problem having an older machine?
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:23 AM   #7
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I just found a Hypertherm 380 for sale locally. I haven't called the guy yet, but I cannot figure out how old it is.

I presume that as long as it works well that there is no problem having an older machine?
The 380 is a bit small for your requirements. It will cut 1/2" but not cleanly.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:37 AM   #8
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Ah, thank you. I was looking for the specs on it. Seems it is a bit small.
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:02 AM   #9
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:09 AM   #10
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They are hit or miss for the most part but Hypertherm has had a consistantly good reputation. Others can be hit or miss depending on year produced.

On older ones, be warned that some of the circuit boards on older machines cost as much now as the machine did when it was new and there are some that are no longer supported by the factory.
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I bleed Blue since I'm a Miller man, but plasma cutters are one area where Hypertherm rules the roost if you want quality.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:19 AM   #12
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I see a Hypertherm PowerMax 45 in my future........
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:13 AM   #13
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:13 AM   #14
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A friend of mine bought a $300. Chinese unit off ebay a couple years ago, it's still working great mostly 1/4 to 3/8 inch stuff but has cut a little 1/2 inch stuff. Probably not for professional use but OK for home. bete.
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Hypertherm PM45. $1550.00 no tax, free shipping from weldersupply.com


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