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    I know most of you out there are probably proffesionals I was curious to know how a plasma cutter works. Things such as the type of amps and volts that are needed to do the cutting. Also if high frequency is used to start the arc. I have a miller tig machine and was wondering if it was possible to hook up a plasma torch and air to it and be able to cut. The machine I have is an ac/dc dial arc with high frequency start or continuos use option. I am mostly looking for the output voltage and amprage to the torch.

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    Originally posted by dan67 View Post
    I have a miller tig machine and was wondering if it was possible to hook up a plasma torch and air to it and be able to cut.
    Let's just jump directly to the answer to your real question here, and that is: Absolutely no way. Period. Different animals.

    NOW... if you're still interested in learning how plasma cutting works, this is a pretty good description, with interactive graphics and good photos:

    http://home.howstuffworks.com/plasma-cutter.htm
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    • #3
      Originally posted by dan67 View Post
      I have a miller tig machine and was wondering if it was possible to hook up a plasma torch and air to it and be able to cut.
      Well, let's answer your real question first: Absolutely no way. Period. Different animals.

      Now, if you're still interested in how plasma cutting works, here's a pretty good introductory explanation, with interactive graphics and good photos:

      http://home.howstuffworks.com/plasma-cutter.htm
      Trailblazer 302 * Millermatic 212 * Syncrowave 180SD * X-Treme 12VS Feeder * Spoolmate 3035
      Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52 Plasma * Lincoln 175 MIG

      Victor Superrange II * Victor Journeyman

      Hobart HH 125EZ


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      • #4
        Originally posted by dan67 View Post
        I have a miller tig machine and was wondering if it was possible to hook up a plasma torch and air to it and be able to cut.
        Well, let's answer your real question first: Absolutely no way. Period. Different animals.

        Now, if you're still interested in how plasma cutting works, there's a pretty good introductory explanation, with interactive graphics and good photos on the website "How Stuff Works," but it won't let me post a link for some reason. Just google that and enter plasma cutting.
        Trailblazer 302 * Millermatic 212 * Syncrowave 180SD * X-Treme 12VS Feeder * Spoolmate 3035
        Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52 Plasma * Lincoln 175 MIG

        Victor Superrange II * Victor Journeyman

        Hobart HH 125EZ


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        • #5
          ..BUT Dan, it might be your lucky day, because I will trade you my Riland CUT 40 plasma Cutter for that Miller TIG...Honest! I would do it!
          "Good Enough Never Is"

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