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Unread 10-20-2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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Plasma Cutter

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.

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Unread 10-28-2012, 08:36 PM   #2
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I have a TD cutmaster 52, it works fine, I use it pretty often and it's great for cutting old stuff real quick. If I were to buy again I would go with Hypertherm.
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Unread 10-29-2012, 09:55 AM   #3
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Save some more and get a Hypertherm 45
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Unread 11-01-2012, 10:18 AM   #4
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I got the hyperthem 30. Pretty nice machine. Paid 1200. The 45 would be better. But the 30 will cut quarter plate no problem.
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Unread 11-01-2012, 01:11 PM   #5
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You will be happy with it. Hypertherm makes great machines.
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Unread 11-01-2012, 02:39 PM   #6
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How is the service on the Hypertherm unit and are the consumables readily available? Both Hobart and Miller are easily serviced in my area.
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Unread 11-01-2012, 05:25 PM   #7
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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.
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Unread 11-02-2012, 07:42 AM   #8
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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.

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Unread 11-02-2012, 01:20 PM   #9
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so what is up with something like this.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6604_200336604

I am also shopping around for something that will have minimal use, but will help when needed. 1/4" plate is the biggest i need to cut.
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Unread 11-03-2012, 01:49 AM   #10
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so what is up with something like this.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6604_200336604

I am also shopping around for something that will have minimal use, but will help when needed. 1/4" plate is the biggest i need to cut.
The ones with built in compressors are pretty weak compared with the ones that don't. Get a hypertherm Pmax 30 it will do anything a normal home mechanic would normally need.
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Unread 11-03-2012, 05:50 AM   #11
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so what is up with something like this.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6604_200336604

I am also shopping around for something that will have minimal use, but will help when needed. 1/4" plate is the biggest i need to cut.

I said the same thing when when I bought my plasma, 1/4 is the max I will need to cut. I lied to myself.

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Unread 11-03-2012, 05:34 PM   #12
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That Hobart is only 12amps... it's meant for sheetmetal.

I'd really look for something around 40amps for the typical "home garage".. where you plan on cutting brackets..etc.


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Unread 11-10-2012, 06:07 PM   #13
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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!
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Unread 11-10-2012, 07:35 PM   #14
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I like the Hypertherm 30 pretty well myself...
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Unread 11-15-2012, 09:08 AM   #15
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I bought a PM45 off of Craigslist for $900 with ~$150 in consumables. It had been used very little. It is a nice machine. More power even when you don't need it lets you cut faster and longer.
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