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Unread 03-05-2014, 02:21 PM   #1
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Looking to upgrade my plasma cutter

Hey guys, I am looking to move up from my current plasma cutter, a Hobart 250ci to something that is 220v. The little Hobart is just a little too light for what I want to do. Does anybody have any experience with the ones that they sell at Northern Tool? I typically do not buy no-name or store brands when it comes to tools, but the reviews that I have been reading on Northern's site for the Northern Industrial 375 40 amp plasma cutter are surprisingly good and it comes with a 3 yr factory warranty. Their price is $649.00 for new and $510.00 for reconditioned, which is less than half of what the name brand units are going for. Makes me wonder if I should take a chance and stay from the name brands.......

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Unread 03-05-2014, 08:41 PM   #2
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Hypertherm and enjoy it. You would be downgrading with the NT plasma.
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Unread 03-06-2014, 07:21 AM   #3
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Hypertherm PM45 would be a good choice for Home/Light Shop duty.
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Hey guys, I am looking to move up from my current plasma cutter, a Hobart 250ci to something that is 220v. The little Hobart is just a little too light for what I want to do. Does anybody have any experience with the ones that they sell at Northern Tool? I typically do not buy no-name or store brands when it comes to tools, but the reviews that I have been reading on Northern's site for the Northern Industrial 375 40 amp plasma cutter are surprisingly good and it comes with a 3 yr factory warranty. Their price is $649.00 for new and $510.00 for reconditioned, which is less than half of what the name brand units are going for. Makes me wonder if I should take a chance and stay from the name brands.......

I've had several of the "chinese" 40amp plasmas. And what I thought was "ok", wasn't when I finally bought and compared it to the cut of a hypertherm.

I know you have found good reviews on it.....and when they interviewed neighbors of Jeffery Dalhmer, they thought he was a nice quiet gentleman....just sayin.

Other items to consider....consumables. Import consumables last for about 1/3 to half of a project. Replace...repeat. You buy them in bulk and wait 15 days to receive them from overseas. The hypertherm consumables are at almost any reputable welding shop and last 20-30x as long as those cheapies. Yes....weeks, not minutes.

Yes, you will spend over a grand on a hypertherm. But you will be MUCH happier from day one to day 365.

Best prices I've found, and where I bought my Powermax85:

http://www.bakersgas.com/hypertherm-powermax45.html
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Unread 03-06-2014, 08:25 AM   #5
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I couldn't be happier with my Hypertherm powermax 45. I didn't want to spend that much money on a cutter but now I'm glad I did. It really is worth every penny. Problem is now I want a cnc table...
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Unread 03-06-2014, 03:08 PM   #6
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What are your thoughts on the Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52. Found a good price at Cyberweld. Rated at 1/2", but will sever around 1"
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What are your thoughts on the Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52. Found a good price at Cyberweld. Rated at 1/2", but will sever around 1"
I own that very one and should have bought the Hypertherm.
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One important thing to remember about Hypertherm is its an employee owned company, everything built right here in the USA. They even make their own consumables. Everything they make is top notch in quality.

I got mine from Weldersource.com, lowest price by far compared to anywhere else at $1610 out the door.
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I bought the biggest single phase Longevity plasma they make.I does a great job but helldorado is 100% correct on the consumable life.With that being said I like my plasma but if I used it more than what I use it for now I definitely would have rather gone with a hypertherm.
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I have the longevity 60 amp pilot arc. It's good for learning, but after using my friends hypertherm what a difference.
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Well, it looks like Hypertherm is the one to get. Thanks for all of the input.
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I love my miller spectrum 375, and a hypertherm in past loved it as well
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Well, it looks like Hypertherm is the one to get. Thanks for all of the input.
would you be selling the Hobart 250ci ?
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I have been doing some re search on plasma's. Great to hear they are built right here in New Hampshire, and better yet, I have heard nothing but great on the hypertherm.
When I pull the trigger, It will be a hypertherm.
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I found a Powermax45 used on CL for $1k with a bunch of consumable and a filter.
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