Looking to buy a new Plasma cutter for home use and am open to suggestions on brand and size. I definitely want a dual voltage unit in case I have to use it on 115V. My shop has 220v available for any heavy duty work. Hoping to find one for around $750 or less.
Thanks in advance for any shared ideas. Considering the Eastwood or Hobart unit.
How is the service on the Hypertherm unit and are the consumables readily available? Both Hobart and Miller are easily serviced in my area.
My Hypertherm Powermax 65 stopped working a few months ago. All i did was get in contact with a qualified repair technician on Hypertherm's website, brought the unit in to his shop and had my machine back "relatively" quick. It was a little bit of a drive, but an extremely painless process in regards to warranty.
EDIT: Have your cash in hand and keep your eye out for a used system on craigslist. I purchased my P65 for 1800 with 2.5 years left on the 3 year warranty. It also came with a bunch of the little goodies that i wouldn't have bought if i would have bought it new.
For $750.00 you are going to have a hard time finding one that is a name brand. I know people don't like to buy Chinese stuff, but when I wanted to buy a plasma I could not afford $1500.00. I bought one off of eBay for $300.00 it is a semadre. It is 50 amps dual voltage and for what I need it works great. It will cut 1/4" all day, I tried to cut 1/2 inch it will cut it but slow. People buy what they can afford; some people can afford the name brands other can't. Good luck on buying your plasma they are nice to have in the shop.
I'd stick with the Hypertherm line, they are great machines. The 30 is rated at 3/8", will sever 1/2" and the 45 is rated at 3/4" and will sever up tp about 1-1/8". Nice thing about the 45 is that the consumables from the 30 fit the 45 torch so you can turn it down and do "fine cuts" (yard art and such). I know Airgas has an ad going now through the end of the year, but look around, well worth it, I love mine!