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Unread 11-16-2012, 07:30 PM   #16
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Save some more and get a Hypertherm 45
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I use a Hypertherm 45 at work, very light and portable, I cut 1/2" plate with it all day... kind of slow but still a very nice machine. I dont know much about plasmas, but the 45 seems very nice compared to some other Ive used.

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Unread 11-26-2012, 08:53 PM   #17
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Keep looking. I found my hypertherm 380 on CL for $300 and it works on 110 or 220 and it came with a bunch of consumables.
Cuts it like butter.
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Unread 11-26-2012, 10:45 PM   #18
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Anyone have any experience with the Eastwood Versacuts? Been looking at getting one after New Years but kinda on the fence on them. They're half the price of similar name brand units, but all the reviews I've read have rated them really high. Seems like they're prone to being bad out of the box but the company's customer service is really good and they're really good about replacing them.

Not something I'm going to be using a ton, a few times a month if that.
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Unread 11-29-2012, 03:09 PM   #19
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Anyone have any experience with the Eastwood Versacuts? Been looking at getting one after New Years but kinda on the fence on them. They're half the price of similar name brand units, but all the reviews I've read have rated them really high. Seems like they're prone to being bad out of the box but the company's customer service is really good and they're really good about replacing them.

Not something I'm going to be using a ton, a few times a month if that.
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Unread 11-29-2012, 03:22 PM   #20
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Seems like they're prone to being bad out of the box but the company's customer service is really good and they're really good about replacing them.

I have zero experience with the Eastwood Cutter but this would kind of kill it for me. With something as expensive as a plasma cutter, I only want to cry one time.

The Hypertherms are kind of pricey out of the gate.. but you get what you pay for.

I hang out on some of the "CNC Plasma Cutting" forums. After hearing some of the frustrations with other brands of plasma cutters, all I can say is, "I'm thankful I own a Hypertherm".
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Unread 11-29-2012, 04:51 PM   #21
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I have zero experience with the Eastwood Cutter but this would kind of kill it for me. With something as expensive as a plasma cutter, I only want to cry one time.

The Hypertherms are kind of pricey out of the gate.. but you get what you pay for.

I hang out on some of the "CNC Plasma Cutting" forums. After hearing some of the frustrations with other brands of plasma cutters, all I can say is, "I'm thankful I own a Hypertherm".
It's not something I'll use enough to justify spending $1000+ on. Not even close to being in the budget unfortunately.

I don't want to have to send it back, but it's not a huge deal if the company has the quality of customer service it seems like they do.
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Unread 11-29-2012, 05:17 PM   #22
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I hear ya..

Maybe something from a local vendor would work? Northern has a few different sizes of Hobarts.
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Unread 11-29-2012, 05:26 PM   #23
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I hear ya..

Maybe something from a local vendor would work? Northern has a few different sizes of Hobarts.
Yeah I looked at those, but their cheapest is a 110 only machine that only goes up to 1/4" and it's $100 more than the Eastwood machine I was looking at. The majority of what I want it for is going to be a 1/4" so I want something that goes a little past it so I'm not running it at max all the time.
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Unread 12-01-2012, 10:11 AM   #24
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Personally, I would save up for the hypertherm, and purchase some oxy-acetylene and a torch kit in the mean time, there is no limit to what you can cut with an oxy torch... except stainless and aluminum.
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Unread 12-01-2012, 06:56 PM   #25
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I love my Hypertherm, but I understand the budget... As one of my old boss's got paid a lot of money to say, "The budget is the budget."
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Unread 12-02-2012, 09:03 PM   #26
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You might look at Longetivy units, guys on Pirate use them alot because they give them a discount. They do have a 5 year parts and labor warranty. You can get multipurpose units cheaper than most plasmas. Not a name brand but they do have good reviews for customer service and a longer warranty.
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Well the decision was made this weekend and we sprung for the Hobart 500I unit. It looks like it will handle anything I need to do and has a good reputation for durability. The local dealer offers any warranty and service as well as consumable parts inventory.
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