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Old 06-20-2020, 03:52 PM   #1
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Best Plasma Cutter


Reqs are easy - just for personal use. Need it to be able to "severe" half inch plate, no three phase.

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Old 06-20-2020, 05:24 PM   #2
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Looks like a 40 amp will do what you want, a 50 amp will clean cut 1/2". Severance cut is what I think you mean.

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I bought a really cheap no name one on eBay several years ago 40 amp and it has worked great the times I have used it. Most of the parts are generic and are interchangeable, buy extra nose cones and electrodes?

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Hypertherm makes nice units, they’re going to set you back a few dollars.

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Hypertherm is probably the best rated, but Thermal Dynamics, Miller, Hobart and Lincoln are also good machines.
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Hypertherm is probably the best rated, but Thermal Dynamics, Miller, Hobart and Lincoln are also good machines.
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Years ago I had a Miller or Hobart (damn old age), it worked really well.

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Here's what I ended up buying. At the time I bought it, it was $1345 with free shipping, & $150 cash rebate. We haven't had a chance to use it other than to test it out. My son said it cuts like hot knife through butter! Check out reviews:

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might be smart to get something that's dual voltage so you can use it for working on docks. 120's usually easy to get but 240's not so much.
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https://www.harborfreight.com/45A-Pl...ter-56255.html


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might be smart to get something that's dual voltage so you can use it for working on docks. 120's usually easy to get but 240's not so much.
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Another consideration with a plasma cutter is the air supply, it needs to be clean and dry.
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This for Jaws——only the best will do.....

Years ago I had a Miller or Hobart (damn old age), it worked really well.

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Nah this time its a gift, my father in law. He lives next door a few hundred yards and I dont want to take the crews for the gates we will be building. He is retired and will probably use sometimes, not a lot, and it will be convenientto have one here instead of 30 minutes away and being used.

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So thsts the one he was looking at. In my experience anything Harbor Frieght sucks absolute balls EXCEPT the Predator investor generator. Works as well and is quite thsn my Champion that was 3 times as much

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Hypertherm for sure. And I’d also invest in a really good air drier and filter. It will
Make a huge difference.


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