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  • Which plasma?

    I've never owned a plasma before & would like some input on a reasonably priced machine.(make, model etc.)

    I usually would be cutting 20-16 gauge sheet (i.e. auto body thickness).
    The must I'd ever sever cut would probably be 1/4''.

    Any suggestions?

    "It's the car, chicks dig the car"

    "The point of life is not be in the majority but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane"

  • #2
    Hypertherm Powermax
    Miller Spectrum
    Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster

    Any of these would be nice choices, in my opinion. I'd suggest researching them and choose the one you would feel most comfortable with purchasing.


    • #3
      Hobart/ Miller 125 c/ ci machine only 12 amps but will work for you. There are a few good deals around the Esab 250 handyplasma which is a 18 amp 120 volt only machine. It's Italian but mine came with a 5 year warranty. Traded my older Pak-Master 38XL in on it. The Thermal had the upograded 1 torch on it and cut as well as any of the new units. The reason I like the Esab is the torch is way smaller for getting into places that the larger Miller/Hypertherm/ Thermal torch will not go.
      Esab 2200 AC/DC
      Thermal 211i
      Thermal Pee-wee 85s
      Smith O/A plus mini torch
      Smith machine torch
      LN-25 pro
      LF-72 feeder
      Edwards 65 ton
      5X10 CNC table
      Victor A-120
      Miller Shopmate 300DX
      S-74D feeder

      Remember good judgment comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgment.


      • #4
        Take a good look at a Thermal Dynamics TD39, it will serve your needs with no problem. I use mine quite a bit and am extremely happy with it. Cyber Weld usually has a good price on them along with free freight.
        Mike in Fort Wayne
        Miller 180 Syncrowave TIG /// Hobart HH187 MIG
        TD 39 Plasma Cutter /// Smith O/A
        Jet 4x6 Band Saw /// Rigid Chop Saw
        DeWalt Grinders /// Atlas 618 lathe/Atlas Mill/Shaper
        Snap-On Roll Cab & tools
        Wet & Dry Sandblasters /// IR 5hp air compressor
        24X32 shop - my space


        • #5
          Ramsond is a good choice

          I just boughgt a Ramsond off ebay for little over 460.00 and I tell you one thing it cuts GREAT! Ijust got back into welding and Im in the process of building my first big trailer rig . It cuts through a 250 gallon propane tank like butter.


          • #6
            Do you have an air compressor? If so, the sky is the limit. If not, and you don't want to fork out the cash for one, buy a plasma with a built in air compressor. There are good deals out there, just shop a little. ---Mike---

            Hobart Champion 16
            Miller external secondary contactor
            stick foot pedal
            remote voltage control(homemade)
            Hobart Portafeed 17(w AG-2000 control box)
            Bernard Q350 mig gun
            Hobart AG-2000 pull gun
            Lincoln Hi-Freq k799(yes, I know it's red)
            Weldcraft CS300 tig torch
            Miller RFC-23A foot pedal
            Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 50
            Victor 450/300 series torches
            oodles of connecting cords

            I can fix it, just pay me to replace it first


            • #7
              Originally posted by mike6845 View Post
              Take a good look at a Thermal Dynamics TD39, it will serve your needs with no problem. I use mine quite a bit and am extremely happy with it. Cyber Weld usually has a good price on them along with free freight.
              Ditto, for the needs you described.
              "Good Enough Never Is"


              • #8

                Seeing as how you're new to the board, I'd recommend you do a search on plasma cutters. You'll get more information than you will be able to read. This subject seems to get a "new" thread every three or four days.

                Oh great, now we've got a new poster bragging about cutting up a propane tank with his new Chinese POS. I'm "sure" he followed all the recommended safety procedures prior to lighting up on that tank. That was a bad comment in that it tends to "minimize" the potential dangers of dealing with old fuel tanks.

                He's probably planning to build that "big trailer" with his new 120v mig also.
                Last edited by SundownIII; 03-07-2009, 02:37 AM. Reason: addition

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