I have been looking for a Torchmate CNC plasma table for a few months. Every morning when I get to work, the first thing I do is go to Craigslist and search all of AZ for a Torchmate table. Been looking for a few months and this one was posted about 15 minutes before I found it.
I knew nothing about these tables, aside from the fact that I knew I wanted one. So, with my little knowledge, I consulted with Eddie (BESRK) about purchasing this thing because he has basically the exact same table. Eddie called the guy up for me, got the scoop, and gave me sound advice to go ahead and purchase this thing.
The table was owned by a boat shop in Lake havasu, AZ, which is about 330 miles away from where I live. But, the price was right. The guy bought the table in December 2006 and literally never got around to using this thing. Well, I called up my boss and told him I had to leave work for "personal reasons". I went to the bank, pulled out the $400 dollars to purchase the table (came with a Thermal Dynamic Cutmaster 151 plasma cutter with both the machine torch and hand torch, the table, and the complete computer system) and then I went to U-Haul. 15 hours later I came home with this. This picture was taken at the boat shop in which I bought it from...
I had to spend some more coin to buy the cable carriers, and auto-voltage torch height control unit, and a refrigerated air dryer. I started assemblying the table this weekend in my tight garage. I have a 3-car garrage, but the Jeep takes up one bay, the mustang takes up another bay, and now this huge piece of steel takes up the 3rd bay. I'm quickly running out of room. The goal is to one day get so proficient with using this thing that I have to rent out a small work bay somewhere. It's definitely possible. These things are amazing!
Well, with the help of some beer and pizza, I recruited my buddies to help me get this thing going. The old fart with the gray hair and the Jeep shirt is my buddy Craig. The other old bastard with the bald head is my other buddy David. They are both Jeeping guys. David has a real Jeep (CJ5) and Craig has one of those Barbie TJ's...but it's a Rubicon.
I'm still far away getting this thing really going, but without the help from these two guys I would not have been able to make the progress I made this weekend. We get everything more or less hooked up. We installed the cable trays, ran all the wiring, and was able to even get a "dry run" in. The machine needs to get the bugs worked out. But more then anything, the machine's owner needs to figure out how to really work it.
I'm going to use this thread to document projects, get suggestions, get ridiculed....whatever. I have thick skin.
Anyway, here are some pics of how she sits today...
Old bastard Craig...
Old bastard David